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AAFA publishes restricted substance list

Global nanofiber market grows

Sustainable leather processing

The American Apparel & Footwear
Association (AAFA) has published the 20th
edition of the Restricted Substance List, a
go-to resource for industry professionals
tasked with chemical management. The list
includes banned and restricted chemicals and
substances for finished apparel, footwear,
and home textile products and identifies the
most restrictive regulations worldwide. The
Restricted Substance List is an open-industry
resource available to both AAFA members and
the broader community. This edition covers
12 categories with more than 250 chemicals.

"Nanofiber Market to 2025-Global Analysis
and Forecasts by Material and Application,"
a new report by ResearchAndMarkets.com,
details the growth of the global nanofiber
market, which accounted for $1,263.6 Mn in
2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.0
percent over the forecast period 2018-2025, to
reach $7,238.3 Mn in 2025. Nanotechnology
will influence advanced manufacturing in the
coming years. Investments undertaken by
government and other regulatory bodies in
the area of nanotechnology are projected to
deliver opportunities for the nanofiber market.

SMART champions recycling

Report on cotton imports in China

When it comes to environmentally friendly
production, the leather industry is still in its
infancy. OEKO-TEX is changing that with
the launch of its Sustainable Textile and
Leather Production Certification (STeP).
Until now, certification according to STeP by
OEKO-TEX was only available to producers
within the textile supply chain. New OEKOTEX regulations were instituted in April
2019, following a three-month transition
period. STeP helps manufacturers to
design production processes that are more
environmentally friendly and sustainable,
and to communicate these services to others
in a transparent way.

The Secondary Materials and Recycled
Textiles (SMART) Association celebrated
Global Recycling Day on March 18 by
raising awareness of the future of textile
recycling. Organized by the Bureau of
International Recycling, the annual event
is an opportunity to change the mindset of
governments, businesses, communities and
individuals to see recyclables as a resource,
not waste. SMART's for-profit membership
works to make a difference using innovative
technology and creating new best practices
for textile recycling.

"Research Report on Cotton Import in China,
2019-2023" details the factors in cotton
production in China. The growth rate of
China's cotton spinning industry is slowing
as labor costs, land and rent prices rise. Cotton
production capacity is being transferred to
Xinjiang from other parts of China. In 2018,
the cotton planting area in China was about
3,352,000 hectares, increasing by 4.9 percent
year-over-year. Overall, China imported
about 500,000 tons of cotton from the U.S.
in 2017 while the U.S. exported 3.49 million
tons of cotton in 2018.

Organic fraud prevention program launched

UL offers safety standards online

The Organic Trade Association has launched an
Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program.
Organic businesses may now voluntarily
pre-enroll in a program to help minimize
or eliminate organic fraud both inside and
outside of the U.S. The program is based
on the association's tested and completed
Organic Fraud Prevention Guide that provides
businesses engaged in organic trade with a riskbased process for developing and implementing
organic fraud mitigation measures.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a global
safety science leader, announced it will now
offer open-access online views of its entire
library of UL safety standards for interested
individuals and organizations globally. UL
has developed more than 1,400 standards
to address safety, security and sustainability
challenges and foster safe living and working
conditions for people everywhere. The
company continues to develop new standards
for evolving technologies, systems and services.

18 REVIEW JUNE 2019

Protective fabrics market outlook
According to analysis by Global Market
Insights Inc., the industrial protective
fabric market is forecast to reach USD $9
billion by 2025. The demand for industrial
protective fabrics is projected to increase
due to its usage in the chemical industry
for facilitating personnel safety. The U.S.
industrial protective fabrics market size from
flame retardant application may also observe
gains of 7.5 percent due to its usage in the
oil and gas industry due to explosion and
fire hazards.

Growth for thermal insulation market
A report from Transparency Market Research
(TMR) predicts growth for the thermal
insulation market. The market is expected
to expand at a compound annual growth rate
of 5.4 percent to attain a value of about $78
billion by the end of 2025. The Asia Pacific
region is expected to retain its dominance over
the forecast period. Growth of the industry
in the region is attributable to increasing
industrialization and urbanization.


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