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Uster Technologies offers a unique portfolio of solutions for textile quality control, management and improvement, from fiber to fabric, adding value for each stage of production. Now USTER strengthens that concept even further, enabling textile producers to actually prevent poor quality, rather than just recording it.

USTER® TESTER 6 offers the ultimate in-mill control: from laboratory to Total Testing

This latest advance combines textile know-how and technology with smart software, as the textile industry embraces the digital age through intelligent systems which promise faster, better and more cost-effective manufacturing.

Introducing data-based optimization

“Digitalization offers many opportunities for evolving and improving our systems and services. At the same time, the core of our offering will always be ‘Think Quality’ and all our efforts will aim towards quality measurement and management to maximize the value for our customers” says USTER CEO Thomas Nasiou.

At ITMA 2015 USTER introduced data evaluation to textile quality control, with the USTER® TESTER 6. This allowed users, for the first time, to combine both laboratory and in-process data from different production stages to optimize quality control and its management. In 2019, the next logical step is to extend this connected approach to the further production processes, to offer value modules which enable textile producers not only to be informed of quality problems but also prevent and optimize wherever possible. This is another major step in ‘managing a textile mill with quality in mind’.

Launching at ITMA 2019

USTER® QUALITY EXPERT, the Quality Management Platform, collects and evaluates information from different production stages and expands its insightful analytics with valuable intelligence as each additional instrument is connected. The entire process becomes more transparent for managers and operators. Finally, the Quality Management Platform drives consistent quality in every part of the spinning process.

The introduction of the Quality Management Platform marks an important evolution for Uster Technologies. It combines collection and smart data analysis from more process steps with the next level of knowledge-based alerts about possible defects and extended prognosis of yarn performance in subsequent processes. Also new is the possibility for better contamination control and quality-based optimization of the ring spinning process, including the possibility to stop defect production as early as possible.

USTER® TESTER 6 combines laboratory and in-process data to optimize quality management

Alerts are available on a mobile app and important performance indicators are also projected on dashboards, both with the target to trigger early reaction to problems. Of course, the reporting is also accessible on client terminals across the plant.

The Quality Management Platform will form the center piece of USTER presentation at the upcoming ITMA 2019. At the same time, the comprehensive portfolio of online, laboratory, fabric inspection products and value-added services is being extended with further innovations.

Reflecting the spirit of continuous innovation, a completely new ITMA booth design will highlight the digitally-connected Uster Technologies offering and showcase developments across the entire portfolio. USTER offers visitors an exciting mill management experience at booth D201 in hall 6.

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Pentek is a leading Italian machinery manufacturer, renowned for providing added value finishing as well as preparation solutions. The Italian company has taken impressive strides in the Indian market in recent times.

Speaking exclusively to The Textile Magazine, Mr. Alessio Paoletti, Fabric Technologist, emphasizes Pentek’s innovative solutions for the textile market. “Our machinery range represents the answer for many of the workflow problems commonly found in dyeing, printing and finishing steps. Since several years, we started focusing on continuous solutions, for both wet and dry applications, with the target of guaranteeing repeatability and low consumptions processes.

Thanks to our continuous investment in R&D, it’s now possible to provide the highest level of fabric technical performances, appearance and general hand-feel enhancement at the very top level. Three continuous dry tumblers, one continuous wet tumbler, and the latest washing range for preparation and after print / dyeing washing, all feature exclusive patented systems, effectively maximizing the efficiency of processes, in a totally environment friendly working scenario”.

Pentek recognition on the international markets has been mostly related to the success of EnAirgy range of multi-patented continuous tumblers. The machine was launched in 2005 and has more than 500 installations around the world.

“Our offer has expanded considerably during the last 5 years. EnAirgy has been surely our starting point, providing the right access for understanding the requirement of the market. From EnAirgy to DreamAir wet tumbler and Wanny continuous washing range, we are finally narrowing the gap between added value in finishing and added value in preparation, unseen in the market until today. All our technology utilizes fabric back and forth transportation logic, within a continuous process, and regardless if we are talking about dry or wet application. On Wanny system, we are able to achieve at least 5 times higher active washing frequency, compared to conventional rope washing ranges. I strongly believe that our newly introduced technology will be appreciated in India, where environmental impacts on textiles are taken in high consideration”.

Mr. Paoletti added that, thanks to their association with Batliboi, they have been able to gain a foothold in the Indian market in a relatively quick span of time. “They offer us excellent support,” he added.

Going into details regarding the company’s after sales service support, Mr. Paoletti mentioned that it is one of the key areas of strength for Pentek. He further added that the manufacturing quality of the machines, along with the after-sales service support, has been instrumental in Pentek being successful in several overseas markets.

When asked as to why should a customer go in for Pentek, Mr. Paoletti replied that any company looking not only for exclusive technology, but also for a whole package of technical support and processes know-how, as every solid working partner should offer, they will opt for Pentek.

According to Mr. Paoletti, the company is lining up a couple of new launches for the forthcoming ITMA 2019 event that will confirm their strength presence on the market and the unstoppable evolution in textile machinery segment.

Sharing his views on the growing Bangladesh market, Mr. Paoletti felt that: “The Bangladesh market has similarities with the Indian market, but possibly seeing an even faster growth, may be due to a wider presence of international garment brands. Any way both of them are equally important markets for us.”

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Statex Engineering, also from Coimbatore, is one of the leading names in the field of textile instrumentation and compact spinning. The company has recently introduced four new products, namely, ‘Veguam-2’ Fully Automatic High-Volume Instrument, ‘Carry Mic, ‘Carry Ginning Machine’ and ‘Moisture Meter with Mobile App.’ Statex has received its first bulk volume order from Cotton Corporation of India, Mumbai, for 290 Nos. Carry Ginning Machines and which are delivered in record time.

Mr. K. Subramaniam, Managing Director, Statex Engineering

Mr. K. Subramaniam, Managing Director, Statex Engineering, goes into the details of his machines to The Textile Magazine. “Carry Mic is a new instrument, designed to measure the cotton fiber fineness in terms of micrograms per inch. We already have this facility in our laboratory, but the specialty of Carry Mic is that it can comfortably fit inside a suitcase. When people buy Kapas, they don’t know what the mic value is till ginning. However, with this instrument, they can remove the seeds and test the mic value then accordingly can fix the price on the spot.”

“In order to remove the seeds from the Kapas, we have developed a ginning machine with patented technology. While there are lot of ginning machines available, most of them weigh around 20-50 kg, 3 feet height and 2 feet width, occupying lot of space too, we have designed a portable one, which weighs just 7 kg. The principle on which the machine works is also different. While others work by forcefully removing the seeds, our machine works gently removing the seeds between the two rollers. This ensures that there is no damage to the fiber properties like length, mic, trash, etc. This also ensures that there is minimal wastage of fiber, which in turn means more during ginning process by comparing carry ginning fiber test result.

Explaining the salient features of the Moisture Meter with Mobile App, Mr. Subramaniam pointed out that: “As of now the usual practice in mills is that the top management would send someone to check bales and collect moisture readings, which would in turn be reported back to them. However, there are chances of mistakes happening this way. They may have for instance, measured the moisture at the wrong place in the bale. There are also chances of malpractice happening. With the Moisture Meter all these things can be avoided. The person testing the fiber can take a photo and send it, along with the readings, to any number of persons located anywhere in the world using social media platforms like WhatsApp. The top management therefore can see where the probe was inserted in the fiber sample and can rest assure that the correct readings are with them. It is as good as they themselves going to the spot and taking the readings.” Mr. Subramaniam added that with the Moisture Meter various report filtering options are possible, like date-wise, variety-wise and station-wise.

Going into the details regarding Veguam-2, Mr. Subramaniam said: “It is an advanced and reliable instrument for measuring 7 cotton parameters namely length, strength, micronaire, maturity, colour, trash and moisture. Veguam-2 is able to check all these parameters within 26 seconds”.

In the presence of officials from Cotton Corporation of India and the Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, the company had tested 80 samples, 40 each of two standard types of cotton, using Veguam-2, for which the time taken was 43.35 minutes, without any rejection of test sample it means 32 seconds/test. The theoretical time taken was 26 seconds per sample. However, there was some delay, because we need to take into consideration the extra seconds that the operators had to take to remove one sample after the test was done on that particular lot and then go to testing of another sample.

Mr. Subramaniam added that the company has incorporated three patents for Veguam-2, i.e., Patented circular comb movement for continuous testing, Patented double compression mechanism for measuring the actual maturity value of cotton, and Patented mechanism for length and strength testing module. “We have used advanced electronic PCB and sophisticated industrial grade computer which control the functions of the instrument,” he said.

Statex has also started exporting these new products to countries like Bangladesh, Turkey and Indonesia.

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AGV transport systems ensure intelligent material flow

Neuenhauser, founded in 1955, has been continuously developing innovative automation solutions for the textile industry. The company has successfully automated the handling of yarn packages within the yarn spinning process for many of its customers throughout the world. It has developed specialized systems to automatically unload yarn packages from the spinning frame, transport and track the yarn package to a central area for palletizing or boxing, and bringing the finished pallet of yarn to the warehouse ready for storage or shipping.

Neuenhauser is now focused on solving the next challenge facing most of its yarn manufacturing customers. The automated handling of sliver cans which are used to transport cotton material within the yarn manufacturing process. Understanding the customer’s needs, it was clear that an automated solution for handling sliver cans was needed. After joint review and discussions with its customers, Neuenhauser developed an innovative solution helping to reduce costs and improve the manufacturing process. The company turned to a unique solution using Automatic Guided Vehicles, or better known within the industry as AGVs.

AGV technology has been around for many years and used commonly within general industry. With the recent advancements in autonomous vehicles and navigation systems, Neuenhauser realised that an AGV is a good solution for the textile markets.

Neuenhauser is excited to have recently received the first orders to automate the transport of sliver cans using a unique and innovative AGV design concept. With a motivated team of highly qualified design engineers and developers, Neuenhauser’s Transport Automation Group felt well prepared for the challenge.

The new AGV development required a high degree of precision and expertise. As Mr. Richard Borgers of Neuenhauser’s Transport Automation Group, stated: “We are glad and justifiably proud to have such highly motivated employees at Neuenhauser who have successfully taken on this task and able to rethink how to automate the labor-intensive operation now used to manually move sliver cans within the spinning plant”.

Within 12 months, Neuenhauser has developed “from a white piece of paper” a state-of-the-art transport system using a large fleet of intelligently controlled automated guided vehicles. First, a detailed “software simulation” was developed to determine the best system design for handling the customer’s material flow and throughput needs. Second, a prototype vehicle was produced as “proof-of-concept” to test out the vehicle design for handling the customer’s specific sliver cans, and to prove the control technology and vehicle navigation programming.

The final AGV production vehicles use both laser and natural navigation technology for routing themselves throughout the plant floor. The AGV will pick-up sliver cans which are filled with cotton sliver material and deliver them to the spinning frame where empty cans will be exchanged with full cans. The empty cans are then returned to the equipment which will refill the sliver can with cotton sliver to repeat the cycle. Within a typical spinning mill, very large numbers of sliver cans are required to be moved each hour.

The vehicles are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art safety sensors to ensure the vehicles operate safely alongside plant personnel who need to share the same floor space and aisles within the spinning mill. The plant personnel are also equipped with specialized sensors they wear on their safety vest, to inform the AGV where the operators are working and moving around within the manufacturing floor. With such a system both the AGVs and local plant personnel can work safely together within the same manufacturing area.

Neuenhauser in co-operation with its sister company Genkinger is also developing a specialized AGV for handling warp beams and cloth rolls to complement its family of products they manufacture for the weaving markets within the textile industry. “We will be presenting both AGV types, to our specialized audience, for the first time at the ITMA trade show in Barcelona, June 2019, and are very excited about the market response”, said Wilhelm Langius, Business Unit Manager for Neuenhauser Automation, and Richard Borgers Business Area Manager and Sales.

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Terrot, one of the top knitting machine manufacturers globally, is looking back on a positive and eventful 2018 with many international exhibitions and successful costumer projects. “After a strong start at the beginning of 2018 until August, our orders declined due to turbulence in international trade policy,” says Mr. Torsten Meile, Head of Sales, Terrot GmbH.

Mr. Torsten Meile, Head of Sales, Terrot GmbH

Terrot has a long tradition and experience in the production of knitting machines and offers a wide range of sophisticated circular knitting machines. Since 1862 the “Terrot quality” is globally recognized for outstanding machine quality and precision. Terrot features furthermore a great application flexibility, with different conversion kits, optional equipment and accessory for all Terrot machines.

In 2018, Terrot participated in ITM and ITMA Asia which were very successful. “We have a loyal customer base and this is a great base to build on existing and new partnerships for 2019. Terrot’s key global markets are Turkey, India and Vietnam. However, the company is witnessing positive trends in Uzbekistan and Brazil, which make us optimistic for 2019,” Mr. Torsten Meile added.

Talking about new technologies launches, Mr. Torsten Meile says: “Technical developments are necessary to survive on the international markets and the give us the opportunity to place ourselves in a technologically favorable position. We launched for example our first model for the production of shoe upper materials – the UCC 572-TRE. Moreover, we made a big progress in the field of ultra-fine gauge fabrics. The UCC 572-T can knit sports and functional textiles up to E24. Our Italian subsidiary also launched a completely new high productive model of Pilotelli brand with 4 feeders per inch and very high machine speeds (up to 58 rpm at 30 inch).”

Terrot invests regularly in its manufacturing facility. In 2018 the company bought a new universal machine center which is 8 times more productive compared to its older machines.

On the new innovations and applications which are under development, Mr. Torsten Meile said: “We are in the final stage for new machine innovations and of course new applications, which we will showcase at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona. In 2019 we plan to strengthen our position on the global market and maintain our market leader position in the field of special machines”.

Indian market

On the company’s performance in the Indian market, Mr. Torsten Meile said: “In 2018, we performed successfully in India, which is one of our top global markets. Our two-brand strategy with Terrot and Pilotelli made this top performance in India possible. Besides our custom-designed machines in combination with a high machine quality made this win possible.”

After sales and service

Terrot has always been known for its focus on after sales service. Mr. Torsten Meile said: “Our After Sales Team has made great developments to serve market and costumer’s needs. One significant achievement is the possibility of payment with credit card (VISA and MASTERCARD) up to an amount of Euro 5000. Our back-office people are capable of handling all customers and countries, guarantee standard offers and order confirmations within maximum 3 working days after first enquiry. We ensure short delivery times by stocking standard “fast-moving” parts and we also place great attention on on-site training via service technicians and/or application engineers. To inspire our customers with our great services is our motto.”

Finally talking about the much awaited ITMA, Mr. Torsten Meile said: “We don’t want to reveal too much, but Terrot will positively surprise all visitors with its new corporate group presentation and the new Terrot machine models. We revised all machines adapted by the market requirements. But we will finally convince our customers with our new after sales service operating system”.

Fine gauge transfer fabrics

As manufacturer for circular knitting machines Terrot has a great interest in sportswear clothing. The global knitwear market has strategically developed over the past years. The demand of athletic and sportswear is growing year by year and shows great potential. Until 2020 the share of knitwear fabrics is expected to grow further. The sportswear sector will drive the future growth. New technologies like the transfer technology by Terrot are important to support the positive drive.

Terrot is known for its modern and innovative technologies, which have been meeting the constantly changing market and costumer requirements for 155 years. One of the latest innovations is Terrot’s UCC 572-T which features the production of fine gauge transfer fabrics up to E24. The model is perfect for production of modern and innovative sportswear textiles and can knit combinations of single and double jersey structures in the upper gauge range as well as hole structures. This transfer technology is so precise that it is possible to influence the clothing characteristics during the knitting process – single knit areas boost breathability and double knits are essential for more coverage and adding texture to the final fabric. Experts call this technology “Body Mapping”, which is particularly of importance for creating comfortable sports apparel of perfect fit and functionality.

Around the world the UCC 572-T und its fine gauge technology enjoys a high level of trust. Leading sportswear brands, e.g., Nike are convinced of this technology already. Their Nike Vapor Kits are specially crafted by applying this knitting technique, called “Nike AeroSwift Technology”. Compared to standard transfer machines up to E18, Nike emphasizes the new technology is lighter, more sweat absorbent and approximately half the weight of traditional fabrics for sportswear.

The UCC 572-T is Terrot’s flagship in the production of sportswear and enjoys an excellent reputation in the market.

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Sarees and lehengas have been a part of the Indian culture since ages. Any occasion, whether it is a wedding or a festival; is marked by women in beautiful lehengas, sarees, or salwar suits. Sarees have been an indispensable part of the Indian culture. There are over 100 ways in which a saree can be draped but the way a saree is worn today is very different from what was worn traditionally. Traditional sarees didn’t require a blouse to be worn. The British Raj thought it to be inappropriate for women to wear such a garment, therefore, made it mandatory for a blouse to be worn. This is followed till date and additionally, designer blouse has appeared in the market. Lehengas and salwar suits are recently developed garments which are available in different and colourful patterns. While there are many companies that cater to the needs of women’s wear, Surat-based B.K. Silk Mills Pvt. Ltd. has carved a niche for itself in this field. Mr. Alpesh Dhami the co-founder of the company narrates the story of the company.

Mr. Alpesh Dhami and Mr. Hitesh Gajera

The company established in 2005 had humble beginnings, according to Mr. Alpesh Dhami, one of its co-founders along with Mr. Hitesh Gajera. It started as a shop in Abhishek Market, presently in famous Millenium Textile Market. Gradually after a lot of hard work and their entrepreneurial skills, the two friends were successful in establishing a manufacturing unit in Surat. At present, the company has around a thousand employees, one hundred and fifty embroidery machines and two hundred stitching machines. The company manufactures sarees, lehengas, and salwar suits.

After its start in Surat, the company has expanded pan-India and has established its brands ‘Thavki’ and ‘B.K. Silk Mills Pvt. Ltd.’ in around 10-12 States, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa, among others. The business was initially of textile manufacturing and trading embroidery sarees but now it has been a long time since the company has started its own brand, Thavki. The purpose of the manufacturing unit is that the company wanted a unit where the entire processes take place under one roof for better quality products. This was the reason why the unit was established in Surat and later expanded.

The company is knowing looking to expand itself into the weaving segment and manufacture silk sarees. The company has already started working on this project. They have purchased high-speed rapier machine ITEMA R 9500. This machine was chosen after thorough market research. The project will be on floor in the next three months.

The company has made its name in the domestic market in short span of time. Mr. Alpesh Dhami describing the success story, said: “Our success is due to three Qs. – Quality, Quantity and Commitment”.

Mr. Alpesh Dhami added: “By 2024 we will become pioneers of women’s wear in Surat textile market”. He is sure of achieving this by providing timely delivery, quality in house production. The company also has its own R&D wing which helps in improving the technology used. The company’s USP is its commitment towards the timely supply of the goods and always catering to the requirements specified by the buyers.

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Will redeem 1 million PET bottles from landfills

Raymond Group, India’s leading fashion and textile manufacturer and retailer, has unveiled the eco-friendly Ecovera – a range of fabrics manufactured by using R|Elan, the latest technology from Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL).

The Ecovera range will soon hit 1,500 stores across 700 cities. It is made from R|Elan GreenGold, the greenest fibre in the world. R|Elan GreenGold is made by recycling post-consumer waste PET bottles, using bio-fuels and energy-efficient processes.

Raymond’s Ecovera, powered by RIL’s R|Elan, will redeem almost 1 million PET bottles from landfills. It’s a testimony to both RIL and Raymond’s commitment to saving the Earth.

Speaking on the joint development of the sustainable range, Mr. Sudhanshu Pokhriyal, President – Textiles, Raymond Ltd., said: “We as an organisation are known for innovations in manufacturing top quality fabrics using both natural and man-made fibres. In our endeavour to create eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics, R|Elan GreenGold is a perfect choice to produce fabrics that have multiple qualities with superior handle and lustre. The use of R|Elan GreenGold is also a step towards achieving our goal of making our organisation sustainable and environment-friendly.”

Raymond is one of the largest vertically and horizontally integrated manufacturers of worsted suiting fabrics in the world. It commands a dominant market share of over 60 per cent in the worsted suiting fabrics space in India. Throughout its history, Raymond’s motto has been: ‘Dressing the modern man right’.

Drawing from Reliance’s extensive R&D and vast expertise in fibres, R|Elan is a portfolio of innovative fabrics that does more. R|Elan GreenGold is a new-age technology from RIL with globally supreme eco-credentials and specially engineered to fulfil consumer requirement for sustainable fashion. GreenGold is one of the eco-friendliest raw materials for the fashion industry and is supporting major brands achieve their environmental commitments.

Mr. Sudhanshu Pokhriyal, President – Textiles, Raymond Ltd.

Mr. Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Business, RIL

According to Mr. Gunjan Sharma, CMO – Polyester Business, RIL: “We are proud to be associated with Raymond. It provides us with an opportunity to do our bit for the environment. R|Elan GreenGold enables and equips Raymond to create an innovative and fashionable fabric with an added dose of sustainability.”

RIL’s petrochemicals business is committed to adhering to the concept of circular economy, recycling and waste reduction. Its aim is to make Indian textile and fashion industry a leader in practising these concepts. Thus, R|Elan products will provide consumers next generation fabrics that are in line with the latest fashion trends while also fulfilling their lifestyle needs. RIL’s efforts will give consumers the assurance that if there is R|Elan on the outside, there is something special on the inside.

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With ever-increasing environment hazards due to technological advancement, it has become necessary for companies as well as the buyers to be conscious of the choices they make. It is safe to assume that one of the factors which affect the manufacturing of the products is the kind of product that the customer desires. Today, due to various campaigns, the consumers have started to become more environmentally conscious. They desire products from companies which are eco-friendly and take steps to give back to the environment. This also ensures that the goods last for a longer period of time and are sustainable. At the heart of India lies a conglomerate who gives utmost importance to sustainability and innovation, The Sanjay Ghodawat Group.

Mr. Rajesh Ghodawat

The Sanjay Ghodawat Group, under the dynamic stewardship of the visionary Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, is India’s No.1 in floriculture and has strong presence in renewable energy, textiles, mining, real estate, education and fast moving consumer goods like edible oil, salt, beverages pet & tetra, snack foods, rice basmati and non-basmati, ready to cook products, etc. All manufacturing facilities are state-of-the-art and equipped with latest technologies. It is headquartered in Kolhapur in Maharashtra.

Sanjay Ghodawat Group has a team strength of over 10,000 people. By developing ultra-modern infrastructure, creating employment and opportunities locally, the group has earned immense respect and loyalty from the local populace.

Ghodawat Textiles, the textile arm of Sanjay Ghodawat Group, was established in 2005 and is being led by Mr. Rajesh Ghodawat and Mr. Rakesh Ghodawat. Their products are sold under the brand name STAR LINE. The current production capacity is 9 million meters per annum. Ghodawat Textiles has invested in advanced weaving machines like Picanol SUMMUM, Picanol Gammax Rapier and Picanol Omni Plus 800 Airjet. Machines are equipped with 8 colour weft insertion and fancy let-off attachment to produce wide range of fancy fabrics.

The weaving shed is equipped with advanced computerized Luwa Humidification Plant. Current offerings include shirting, suitings, voils, poplin, stretch fabrics, oxfords, cambrays, yarn dyed strips and checks as well as structural fabrics in cotton, polyester, viscose, linen, lycra and high performance blends with various weaves such as plain Twill, Drill, Satin and Dobbies.

Association with Schoch Reeds

Established in 1907, Schoch has been synonymous with the production of high-quality weaving reeds for textile looms. Schoch is an Italy-based company which manufactures quality reeds for the weaving mills. The range of products provided by them include terry reeds, technical reeds, airjet reeds and the list goes on.

Schoch Reeds set its foot in the Indian market in 2009 where a branch was set up in Kolhapur where they currently, are working. As mentioned by Mr. Rajesh Ghodawat, the group has been associated with Schoch Reeds since the latter’s inception in India and their bond has strengthened ever since. Mr. Rajesh also mentioned that Schoch Reeds are trouble-free and the best in quality. The plus point of using Schoch Reeds is that it believes in giving the best of the products, ensures timely delivery and excellent after-sales services. Whenever there was a problem with the functioning of the machine Schoch would respond immediately. This quick response has benefitted the consumer on various aspects. To sum up the experience of Schoch Reeds, Mr. Rajesh said: “Best Service & Quality”.

The vision of the company that Mr. Rajesh Ghodawat believes that after a few years there will be an increase in the production of the cotton and grey fabrics. This increase will be around ten times more than the current production. The partnership of these two companies has blessed the market with its excellent products. The scope for betterment is still present and the two can certainly achieve many more milestones. Once again Schoch Reeds has produced an excellent and reliable partnership at Ghodawat Textiles through its customer-centric approach in the Indian market.

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Trident Group has announced expansion of its spinning capacity. The company will be investing Rs. 1, 140 crores towards installation of 1,62,432 spindles & 3,600 rotors including other balancing equipment to manufacture approximately 48482 TPA of 100% cotton yarn at its existing plant in Budni, Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Rajinder Gupta, Chairman, Trident Group

Trident’s existing capacity is 5,43,744 spindles and 6,464 Rotors. The current capacity utilisation is 99%. The proposed project is expected to begin commercial production by January 2021.

The new project will help to strengthen the existing home textile business of Trident Group and shall further increase the company’s market presence.

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Budding designers of Satyam Fashion Institute showcased Women Power on the Ramp

Satyam Fashion Institute, Noida inspires a lot of aspiring designers every year to accomplish their dream prompting them to learn, groom and showcase their inner attributes. In the pursuit of the excellence of these graduating designers, Satyam Fashion Institute celebrated the true spirit of womanhood through a Design Show ‘TRIPTYCH 2019’ at NCUI Auditorium, Siri Fort, New Delhi.

This glamorous event provided a platform to showcase the ravishing attires designed by the Graduating Batch from scratch under the supervision of Dr. Mitali C. Goswami, Organiser of the show & Principal of SFI and Ms. Neetu Malhotra, Program Head -Fashion Design and Show Coordinator.   73 budding designers from specializations – Fashion Design, PGDFD and Lifestyle Accessories showcased their exclusive collection in 20 theme based sequences gracefully choreographed by Rachana Sikka.

Mrs. Manjulika Gautam (I.A.S Retd.), Director General, Satyam Fashion & Education said “Triptych 2019 is a culmination of four years hard work of the B. Design students. We at Satyam provide a conducive and exemplary environment which encourages creativity and innovation in our students to make them self-reliant. SFI firmly believes that Fashion World is ever evolving; the trends are endlessly changing; and so the budding fashion designers should possess the creativity to merge the old styles with new trends and introduce a new fashion altogether. Mrs. Gautam motivated students and said that to become a successful fashion designer they have to go through the history of the fashion world for gaining knowledge about what kind of fashion was there in the early stages. They should work according to the style and tastes of people for whom they are designing.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mitali C. Goswami, Principal, Satyam Fashion Institute expressed “We are here to make a difference. Do what you love. Your dreams are your road map. You are among the best students in the world.  GOD has put in each one of you the talents and potential to be outstanding in your further studies and future careers”. She reminded the students that being fashionable doesn’t always mean that you wear expensive clothes or accessories; you can wear trendy and simple clothes and yet look fashionable. Fashion, in essence, is the art of transforming simple attire with elegance. She conveyed heart filled appreciation for the students who contributed to the success of the event. The Principal encouraged the students by quoting the aspiring verse written by Qu Yuan: “The road ahead is long and with no ending; yet I will seek with my will unbending.”   She concluded that fashion is feast, it’s an icon, it’s a glam and a world of magic.

The Satyam Fashion Institute students captivated the audience with their creative imagination on the mixture of scintillating colors, fabrics and textures in the unique and appealing 20 themes including Crossing the Boundaries, Cenderawasih, Ardhanari, Vintage to Vogue, Kala Taqseem Nahi Hoti, Kravisiya, Versalies, Dreams of Beauty, Equality in Diversity, Face Off, Rang Laal, Frosting Eve etc.

The glamour extravaganza was witnessed by the Eminent Personalities of the Fashion industry like Ms Karishma Sondhi, Ms Deepa Sondhi, Ms Neetu Singh, Mr Himmendra Gupta, Mr Anil Peshawari, Ms Ruchi Aggarwal, Dr Sangeeta Aggarwal, Mr Krishan Tiwari, Ms Sapna Tiwari, Mr D.K Singh and Mr Deepak Yadav.

The Collection of the Designers denoted beauty, purity, clarity and royalty. To test the look of the range the students worked hard towards creating the muslin toils of all the design in their collection thus eliminating any folly or unwanted element. The students experimented with a variety of materials to bring life into their designs by using both traditional handicraft techniques and progressive technology. They challenged the line and idea of design, inspired by the past and developing ways to transform the future with the use of new and old technologies. In addition to these, the young designers created a Professional Graduation Show Portfolio consisting of all the documents meeting professional standards. Color, Embellishment, Craftsmanship and High-tech approach to Fabric Manipulation were characterized at External Jury of FD, LA and PGDFD students.

An Exhibition was also organized by the students of Foundation, Fashion Design, Lifestyle Accessories and Textile Design during the Triptych 2019 event.

Award Winners: Fashion Design

Explication award for Best Research work was presented to Collection Vintage to Vogue: Old Is the new young! ‘Vintage to vogue’ by designers Tayaba Ahmed, Vidya Bisht, Anjul Rajput, Diksha Srivastava revolves around the elderly and their comfort, how just because they’re old doesn’t mean it’s not their time anymore to live fashionably. In order to make their ensembles more functional they have incorporated features like magnetic fasteners, Velcro and medicated fabrics making their dressing more convenient as well as beneficial.

Best Graduation Portfolio Collection Award: ‘Cenderawasih’-The Bird of Paradise, is an ethnic wear collection that blends creative styling and occasion wear by designers Priyanka, Prateeksha, Swapnil and Shivani Bhandari. The inspiration is nestled around the cuckoo bird of Indonesia. This collection caters to the female fashion icons of the present era who are dynamic enough to experiment innovations, thus creating a bold, spirited and lively collection. The collection displays silhouettes that not only exaggerate but also enhance the natural shape of a woman’s body in pre draped sarees.

Best Surface Exploration Award: NAVRASA-Equality in Diversity by Graduating Fashion Designers Shivangi, Shivani Sharma, Shweta Pandey and Varsha Yadav. It showcases nine garments with a single emotion dominant in each ensemble. The bold color palette combined with the dramatic yet controlled drape results in a highly feminine and sophisticated collection. This collection is dedicated to women who have the courage to reveal all their emotions.

Award for Most commercially viable collection: Face off- Don’t Judge Book by its Cover designed by Akshita Mehra, Suryanshi Tyagi, Kanupriya Sisodia. This collection showcases peoples’ contrasting personalities which has been achieved through the depiction of shadows, silhouettes and visual division of the garments designed. Various emotions like depression, greed, domestic violence, love, lust, etc. have been displayed through silhouettes and colours. The compelling addition of hand-cuffs and cage depicts emotions like violence and depression.

Most Innovative Collection award was grabbed by collection Crossing the Boundaries by Sakshi, Shreya, Riya and Shubhi. This collection was based on functionality and style for the convenience of the travelers. The thought behind this was inspired by the designer Angela Luna, who provided practical solutions for the problems faced by refugees. Their garments are unisex, multifunctional and easy to care which can turn into tents, sleeping bags and jackets.

Best Muslin Toils Collection Award: ‘Kravisiya- Strength of Matroyshka’. The uniqueness of the Russian Matroyshka dolls have inspired the designers Varnika Garg, Richa Singh, Vishakha Jain to model this collection. Also known as BABUSHKA, these are a set of wooden dolls nested into one another, symbolizing motherhood and fertility. The ruffles and layering with the traditional Russian digital print used in the entire collection emphasize the peculiar nesting component of these dolls. They have combined the traditional and modern elements in terms of silhouette, fabric manipulations and prints. The bold and vibrant colours of this Pre –fall collection are derived from the flowers, which are essentially painted as the design of Matroyshka costumes.

Triptych – Designers of the year 2019 Award was presented to 2 themed collections- The Song of Ice and Fire and Kala Taqseem Nahi Hoti .

“Kala taqseem nahi hoti” – art can never get divided is based on undivided land of HINDOSTAN i.e., No man’s land as described by Manto in one of his stories on partition. Designers twinkle, Avnika Singh, Sajni Shah, Neha Tomar were inspired by the Red fort which stands true to the quote It has Lahori Darwaza & had Bangal Darwaza (which lead to the respective cities at that time) and the monument itself stands in Delhi. They have worked on textile art which all three countries have in common but the uniqueness lies in the land of invention. Ajrakh, Dabu & Tangail have been sourced from the artisans in the thought to support sustainability. The collection is reversible and the bags can be used as a lantern or as a show bag. Handcrafted and made with love.

‘The Song of Ice and Fire’ designed by Preet, Kavita and Neha is based on the book written by George R. R. Martin. The range is about pride and honor, loyalty and betrayal, power and corruption. It shows how clothes mean more than covering yourself and looking good & impactful. Each garment represents a character in this famous fantasy show.

Award Winners: Lifestyle Accessory

Most Innovative Collection: ‘Style tribe’ by designers Sakshi Arya and Gulnaaz Saifi is inspired by an African Maasai Tribe. Fabric, buttons and threads are used instead of beads to give it a contemporary style. There are seven colours traditionally used by the Maasai, red, white, blue, orange, yellow, green and black. Red and black are the 2 mainly used colours as every colour has its own symbolic representation.

Most commercially viable: Scary Skull by designer Rashi Aggarwal is based on the symbolic use of the skull as a representation of death and mortality. Inspired from cartoons, witches and superfluous perceptions to believe in tarot cards and palm reading. This collection represents magic, hallucination and illusions with trippy colours like red, yellow, blue and green, how the power of the colours trap the human mind.

Triptych Designer of the Year 2019: Collection Dark Fantasy by Ritika Dhiman, Kanika Mudgal and Ayushi Rai. There are two main female roles within Gothic literature; the ‘predator’ and the ‘victim’. The first is dangerous yet powerfully attractive; the latter is fragile and vulnerable. This led them to select the theme as “Dark Fantasy”. Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, antiquated and homogeneous features. It is worn by members of the Goth subculture therefore the range is of “High Fashion Costume Jewellery” has been created using dark colors. The materials used are: beads, leather, velvet, feathers, chains, wire, knotting technique, etc.

Apart from these, two unique collections ‘Ardhnari’ & A Glimpse of Infinity also saw loud crowd cheer and applause during the show. Ardhnari’ is a fall – winter transgender collection. The world we are living in is a world full of disparity- Masculinity v/s Femininity, Symmetric v/s Asymmetric. This sense of disparity & contrast has been translated to their garments, which results in something different from conventional garments: not so restricted, asymmetric and rather bizarre. A Glimpse of Infinity is based on the thought that every mother was once a daughter & every daughter will become a Mother. The collection is a tribute to all the mothers who are now the “Modern” Women in a “Modern” World.

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