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NEW OEKO -TEX® REGULATIONS FOR 2018

In 2018, the OEKO-TEX® Association endeavours to provide further targeted support on issues relating to consumer protection and sustainability throughout the textile value creation chain.

The existing guidelines of the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio were updated on 02 January. The new regulations come into effect on 01 April 2018 for all certification systems and other services, following a three-month transition period.

To find out more about the new product regulations, view the following Webinar:

Updates to the OEKO-TEX® standards and guidelines are based on the continuous exchange of experiences with industry stakeholders, cooperation in initiatives and monitoring of legal regulations. The work of OEKO-TEX® expert groups thus takes into account current scientific innovations and knowledge as well as latest market developments.

You can find the most important changes regarding the individual OEKO-TEX® products below:

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

Thanks to the comparability of the DETOX TO ZERO MRSL with the valid MRSL for the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, DETOX TO ZERO can be fully integrated into STeP.

DETOX TO ZERO customers can convert to STeP at any time. The restructuring of the DETOX TO ZERO assessment tool and status report improves usability and clarity. The MRSL valid for DETOX TO ZERO can be viewed in the guidelines at www.oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline and additional alkylphenols (pentyl- and heptylphenol) are now included in the LEATHER STANDARD. For more detailed information on the new inclusions and other changes, see www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by ECO PASSPORT listed in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide / and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.
More information about new incorporations and other changes can be found at www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

The minimum requirements and criteria for awarding the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label have been updated. Advantages of the new definition are: improved comprehensibility and less time for label attainment: www.oeko-tex.com/madeingreen

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

The newly recorded harmful substances in the STANDARD 100 criteria catalogue are phenol, bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline as well as the additional alkylphenols, pentyl- and heptylphenol. The OEKO-TEX® Association henceforth places the substance quinoline under observation. Amended limit values also apply for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and ortho-phenylphenol (OPP). As of 1 April 2018, OEKO-TEX® plans to integrate the testing of organic cotton products for genetically modified organisms (GMO) into STANDARD 100.
More information on the new regulations for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® available at: www.oeko-tex.com/std100-updates-2018.

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

El alcance de las evaluaciones STeP para la encuesta de datos requeridos de la empresa se reduce significativamente condensando el cuestionario. La integración de DETOX TO ZERO permite ahora emitir el certificado SteP y el informe de estado adicional con información sobre DETOX TO ZERO.

About OEKO-TEX®
With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help create more sustainable companies. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. 

23 March, 2018 0 comment
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NEW REGULATIONS FOR COSMETICS PRODUCTS IN SPAIN

It has been considered necessary to develop an appropriate European-wide legal instrument for cosmetic products that imposes clear and detailed rules that avoid divergent transpositions by individual Member States. To this end, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/200 of the European Parliament and the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products has been adopted.

 

Below is a summary of the most important aspects of Royal Decree 85/2018, February 23, which regulates cosmetic products.

“The aforementioned Regulation establishes that cosmetic products must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, and must respect the rules of composition and labelling provided. Each product must be traceable to a responsible person in the European Union and the traceability of each of the cosmetic products in the supply chain must be guaranteed.

To ensure their safety, all commercially available cosmetic products must be manufactured in accordance with the principles of best manufacturing practices, with compliance being monitored by national authorities. The aspects that the European standard leaves to the Member States can be regulated at national level. Therefore, the new Royal Decree is issued which specifies issues such as the competent authorities for the supervision of the market and for the reception and transmission of notifications of serious undesirable effects and serious risks to health, the powers of inspection and the adoption of health protection measures that correspond to these authorities, as well as the procedures to be followed. The procedures for compliance with the administrative cooperation principle are also regulated and the instrument also specifies other issues such as those relating to the language to be used in the labelling and the information sheet supplied with cosmetic products.

In addition, the aforementioned Regulation allows each Member State to regulate the notification by health professionals or by consumers of any serious undesirable effects caused by cosmetic products to the competent national authorities. In the Spanish Cosmetovigilance System, the rules for operation will be dictated in accordance with the functions contemplated in article 35.6 of the Statute of the AEMPS, approved by Royal Decree 1275/2011, of September 16, by which the State Agency “Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products” has been created and its Statute approved.
With respect to cosmetics manufacturers and importers, the Royal Decree also regulates the requirements and conditions that must be met and the procedure for presenting the declaration of responsibility before the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (hereinafter AEMPS), developing section 3 of the third additional provision of the revised text of the Law on guarantees and rational use of medicines and health products, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2015, of July 24.

At a national level, article 40, sections 5 and 6 of Law 14/1986, of April 25, General Health attributes to the General State Administration powers for regulation, authorisation, registration or homologation, as appropriate , of medicines for human and veterinary use and of other health products and articles and of those that, by affecting human beings, may pose a risk to public health, as well as to regulate and authorise the activities of manufacturers and importers of the aforementioned products. Additionally, based on article 40.6 of the aforementioned law, the AEMPS has been issuing authorisations for activities involved in the manufacture and importation of cosmetic products.

The revised text of the Law on Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines and Medical Devices establishes that the conditions and requirements to be met for the manufacture, importation, clinical research, distribution, commercialisation, dispensation and use of medical devices and the respective administrative procedures will be determined by regulation in accordance with the provisions of European Union regulations. It is further provided that what is established in this section shall also apply, as appropriate, to personal care products and cosmetics.

This same additional provision establishes that the activities of manufacturing and importing cosmetics and personal care products are subject to the system of the declaration of responsibility regulated in article 69 of Law 39/2015, of October 1, of the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations. This declaration of responsibility must be presented to the AEMPS. The presentation of the declaration of responsibility will enable the company to commence activities, without prejudice to subsequent verification by the AEMPS, through documentary verification and, where appropriate, inspection of the elements and circumstances revealed by the interested party in the declaration of responsibility.

Contacte con nosotros

Unidad técnica cosmética: nblanes@aitex.es

22 March, 2018 0 comment
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THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY: AN OPTION FOR THE FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH

AITEX, ATEVAL and a representation of companies in the textile sector present the employment opportunities offered by the textile sector.

The Conference for teachers, tutors and counsellors of 3rd and 4th of E.S.O. in schools and institutes of the Valencian Community was held at AITEX to present the employment opportunities that the textile sector offers to young people.
Representatives from the textile sector, Pepe Serna, general secretary of ATEVAL, Jorge Mataix, manager of R. Belda Llorens and Rafael Pascual, president of AITEX, described the current situation of the textile industry to the audience: where it is headed, what jobs are most in demand and what are the most pressing needs in the textile industry.

Marina Sánchez, General Director of Vocational Training and Special Education, Pablo Díaz, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Fernando Sansaloni, Director of the IES Cotes Baixes talked about the different training options open to young people, at university and in vocational training courses.

The Polytechnic University of Valencia, offers the Master in textile engineering in collaboration with AITEX, with the aim of training professionals capable of providing optimal solutions in the processes of textile engineering. The modern textile industry requires trained people, with the capacity to lead companies and textile research centres to face the challenges posed by new skills, to help to promote the development of new products and increase competitiveness in the renewed textile market. Pablo Díaz presented success stories of students who are now working in leading companies in the textile sector.

The IES Cotes Baixes spoke about the advantages offered by dual vocational training, since it gives companies access to qualified professional operators and employees, and gives students extensive practical experience in the workplace. The IES Cotes Baixes offers training in production and textile finishing.

It is essential that careers guidance counsellors are made aware of the opportunities that the textile sector offers for young people and that the councillor and the parents can guide young students in 3rd and 4th grades of E.S.O. for their future careers and present the textile industry as one with a bright future and which is innovative, attractive and multidisciplinary in nature.

The day was rounded off with a visit to AITEX’s facilities to underline to the attendees the innovative potential offered by the textile sector.

12 March, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX PROMOTES ITS WORK IN SAFETY CONTROLS FOR MATERIALS IN CONTACT WITH FOODSTUFF

Ensuring that what we eat is safe not only relies on the analytical control of the food, but also includes the control of the material or object that is intended to be in contact with this food.

What are the materials and articles intended to be in contact with food?

They include all those designed to come into contact or which are already in contact with foodstuff and are specifically intended for that purpose and those which can be expected to come into contact or which can transfer their components during normal or foreseeable use. These products are widely distributed in the market and form a very large variety of families of materials from rubber, glass and textiles to silicones and plastics.

What products does it apply to?

When we see the pictogram we all think of a Tupperware container, however there are many other products such as gloves, aprons, tablecloths, covers and ham cords, water filters, threads and skins for sausages, conveyor belts, nonwovens and threads for infusions, bibs, cloths, reusable sandwich bags, clothing for the food industry, in short any material that may come into contact with food must meet legislative requirements, in terms of analysis, labelling and its associated documentation.

How are they controlled?

Generally speaking there are two regulations, regardless of the material in question, which must be complied with:

  • EC Regulation 1935/2004, 27th October 2004, by the European Parliament and Council on materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.
  • EC Regulation 2023/2006, 22nd December 2006, by the European Commission, on best practices in the manufacture of materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.

Materials intended to come into contact with food should not represent a danger to human health. All chemical substances used in manufacturing must be safe and stable in their formulation so that they do not migrate to food. Manufacturers and / or distributors must protect the safety of the materials to ensure that the quality and food safety is not affected by it and must also comply with the requirements established by good manufacturing practices.

Why the need for control?

These materials can release substances from their components to foods that they are in contact with, even if in very small quantities. This “migration” can compromise the quality of the material and, more importantly, consumer safety, which is why they are subject to strict safety regulations. The risk of regulatory breach, legal liabilities and product recalls can be reduced by checking the compliance of the material before placing it on the market. In Spain, official controls at national level are coordinated between the Autonomous Communities (CCAA) and the Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN). Specifically, they are described in the 16 MECA’S PROGRAM, whose objective is to reduce the appearance of risks linked to migration levels in packaging and materials in contact with food, in accordance with current legislation.

How can we help?

AITEX provides solutions to the various industries involved in manufacturing materials to be in contact with food at each stage of the supply chain, through the development of tests, materials inspection, training, and by providing support in documentation and labelling. We have an ENAC-approved laboratory according to ISO 17025 to carry out all necessary tests.

20 February, 2018 0 comment
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Postgraduate course in Technology and Textile Innovation, jointly with IED Madrid

TRAINING

AITEX participates in the Postgraduate Course in Technology and Textile Innovation given by the IED in Madrid which focuses on research and technology as key values for fashion.  

 

The exponential growth experienced by the world of fashion is forcing designers and brands to face up to new challenges such as innovative fabrics, new processes and distribution models, etc. which are providing the industry with key values while meeting the needs of tomorrow’s consumers.

Technology offers new characteristics which add value to a product and set it aside from the competition; materials which can change colour with changes in temperature, garments with wearable technology and those made with stain-repellent technical fabrics, to name a few.

The Postgraduate Course in Technology and Textile Innovation will give the student a wide range of knowledge in the application of new technologies in materials, manufacturing processes and management techniques.

The goals of the postgraduate course include: 
  • To discover new technological materials which will expand our creative possibilities.
  • Learn about proven, working state-of-the-art processes, which provide added-value factors to each stage of the product’s life cycle.
  • Give the student all the skills necessary to carry out a product development project, from strategic planning through to a successful project completion.
  • Gain an understanding of how the economic, environmental and human dimensions can provide key added values to a product.
  • Gain actionable know-how which will place you in the position of an expert in applied technology in the fashion world.
  • Complete a project which will serve as a portfolio of new skills and know-how.
The exciting career opportunities that will be open to you include:  
  • Business development manager
  • Product manager
  • Buyer with specialist knowledge of sustainability and innovation
  • Consultant in textile technology and sustainability
  • Designer with expert knowledge in textile innovation
  • A fashion entrepreneur
14 February, 2018 0 comment
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Reducing costs and maximising profits

NEWS

The aim of the seminars is to make know-how available to the industry so manufacturers can understand the key factors involved in reducing an organisation’s costs, while maximising its profits.

The afternoon’s first presentation was by Eduard Calvo, who spoke on the topic of “The DNA of Industrial Champions”. The talk looked at the characteristics of companies who are successful on an industrial level by applying innovation and impeccable management strategies. Eduard gave a series of examples of how large companies must decide which areas of their business need managing efficiently or with efficacy.

Ramón Nomdedeu presented the “Keys to 100% reliable pricing“. Pricing is one of the IT tools which business managers have at their fingertips to optimise profits for every single product the company sells. Nomdedeu explained how pricing became less important as our industry’s market sold with wide profit margins, but how it has bounced back as a crucial tool in the modern market where globalisation has forced companies to become fiercely competitive.

Fernando Hermenegildo closed the day’s presentations with his presentation on “Improvements in Productivity through Lean Management” which underlined that the key is to allow people to improve processes continuously. Lean management is an industrial tool which must be supported by good people management to ensure continuous, day-to-day improvement.
The last two presentations offered a diagnostic service that will be available to AITEX member companies.

For more information on prices and availability, contact Quico Sempere, Head of AITEX’s Institutional Department. (qsempere@aitex.es)

24 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX creates a cosmetics technical unit

The Institute boasts advanced infrastructure, laboratory equipment and experimental research plant with applications in the cosmetics sector.

The cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

The Regional Councillor for Sustainable Economy, Rafael Climent, the Director General of IVACE, Júlia Company, and the Director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes this morning presented in Alcoy the new AITEX Cosmetics Unit “A historic commitment to a dynamic emerging sector crying out for research support”, said Climent.

The unit allows AITEX to offer a complete range of services to the cosmetics and hygiene sector in three key areas: characterisation laboratories, QA and product certification in compliance with international standards; applied research, innovation and development of added-value products and specialised technical training. Of particular note is the Institute’s participation in the Masters in the Cosmetics Industry which the PUV has run for the last few years.

The mission objective of the new unit is to create technological know-how and transfer it to companies within the sector, providing them with consultancy services on the development of new formulations and relevant legislation at home and abroad, in the characterisation of cosmetics products and environmental impact studies, in addition to helping manufacturers become more competitive, create greater levels of internal value and to provide access to new business opportunities.

 The potential to enhance the attraction of the sector

AITEX, with over 30 years’ experience in applied chemistry in textile, health and hygiene has been able to take all of its know-how and potential and steer it towards the needs of the world of cosmetics. The Institute has sophisticated cutting-edge equipment, laboratories and experimental research plant available to the sector.

With the launch of this new facility, AITEX consolidates and expands the value of the capabilities and resources it can make available to the cosmetics sector, allowing companies to increase competitiveness and create new business opportunities.

Cosmetics: a growing sector

 

The Comunitat Valenciana is Spain’s third-largest cosmetics region after Catalonia and Madrid, with 50 companies, according to data supplied by the National Statistics’ Office latest report.

Alcoy has half a dozen companies who manufacture and distribute cosmetics and hygiene products and the small cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

During the first six months of 2017, exports of cosmetics and perfume from the Comunitat Valenciana reached 279 million euros, 2% of the region’s entire exports.

The constant demand from ever more demanding consumers with more and more specific requirements has promoted the industry to a position of key importance for the creation of wealth, converting it into one of the dynamos for regional industry.

19 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX Business Seminars

Cost and Productivity

Reducing costs, maximising profits

On the 22nd of January 2018, AITEX will host the Business Seminar on Costs and Productivity “Reducing Costs, Maximising Profits”. The seminar will be addressed by the following speakers:

  • The DNA of Industrial Champions – Eduardo Calvo (Professor at IESE – Department of Production management, Technology and Operations)
  • Keys for 100% Reliable costing structures – Ramón Nomdedeu (RN Consultores)
  •  Improving Productivity Through Lean Manufacturing – Fernando Hermenegildo (Leansis Productividad).

Eduardo Calvo, will present the European initiative: Industrial Excellence Award, which the IESE has led in Spain for the last decade. Every healthy economy needs a strong, competitive and relevant industrial base. Our business world is constantly talking of ‘digital’, ‘collaborative’, ‘mobile’ and ‘asset light’, but it has never depended as much as it does now, on first-class companies manufacturing high-quality low-cost goods on time. So why aren’t excellent industrial companies as much in the spotlight as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Twitter? Unfortunately, on the one hand certain B2B sectors aren’t as glamorous to the public at large, and on the other, industrial directors are used to keeping a low media profile. And yet the world is (luckily) packed with hidden industrial champions (large and small) who innovate, export, earn and re-invest… and begin again.

Ramón Nomdedeu, with more than 30 years’ experience in pricing and costing studies, will explain the keys to totally reliable costing. Ramón is the Director of RN Consultores, specialists in industrial and financial organisation. RN Consultores carry out cost studies, cost price analysis, time and motion studies and incentive implementation.

Fernando Hermenegildo, is a Partner at Leansis, and will explain how Lean Manufacturing can help improve productivity, both in production and logistics. Leansis aims to help its clients fully achieve all their objectives through useful, profitable and constructive collaboration to ensure that their clients’ needs are met and to introduce an added-value factor to their processes.

After the Seminar, the last two speakers will offer the opportunity of running a company diagnosis. This is designed to enable conference goers to understand better the current situation of their company and identify their objectives and needs, with a view to drawing up a route map. The results will be compiled into a report together with a plan of recommendations for an initial implementation phase. The diagnostic phase will be co-funded through AITEX’s co-payment system and the member company’s contribution.

Seminar attendance costs 200 € but is free to members of AITEX and ATEVAL.

INSCRIPTIONS

The goal of the seminars is to make companies aware of transversal topics of interest, and facilitate the implementation of actions which will enhance their competitiveness. To this end, AITEX works in close collaboration with companies and specialist consultants in each area of expertise.

Programme of seminars for 2017/2018 and topics (download)

21 December, 2017 0 comment
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SUCCESS OF THE FIRST BUSINESS SEMINAR: INDUSTRY 4.0

NEWS

The aim of the seminars is to transfer knowledge to the private sector which is of interest to a particular industry to enable actions and implementations to be undertaken to improve competitiveness. AITEX works closely with companies and specialist consultants in each of the subjects.

The first business seminar was dedicated to the subject of Industry 4.0. “Strategies and management applications as a base for digital transformation”. Digitalisation is a key opportunity to improve the competitiveness of the textile industry in a marketplace which is becoming increasingly global. The seminar was backed up by the collective experience of important and well-known speakers such as Isabel Aguilera, a consultant on strategy, innovation and operations and President of Google Iberia (2006-2008), Sergio Gordillo, Managing Partner at Improven, Diego Saez, Managing Partner at Mesbook and Ricardo Espinosa of Nunsys.

The presentation by Isabel Aguilera Digitalistion in the SME, a chance to regain competitiveness underlined the fact that technology is advancing at a break-neck pace, placing companies in a difficult situation of instability in which, as she says, “adapting means arriving late”. In the context of this transformation we must be leaders and take the first step in order to reach our clients in different, more exciting ways. That is the only way we will be able to gain a fleeting competitive advantage over our competitors.

In these times of permanent change, success is ever more difficult to maintain and many companies are missing the boat. Sergio Gordillo highlighted the importance of redefining our strategies and coming up with new business models to fit in with the new digital environment: as he said “Companies must identify where they are different from the rest. That is where their excellence lies, that and through cooperation and by bringing in new talent to their teams”.

Diego Saez presented clear solutions to real problems that manufacturers find themselves facing every day: mountains of paperwork, loose Excel spreadsheets, programmes which don’t speak to each other, etc. All this data must be transformed into information and this information into knowledge, before decisions can be made. MES systems allow a factory to be managed in real time, unifying systems and providing objective information to enable cost reductions to be implemented.

In answer to the frequent question: where do I start digitalising my company? Ricardo Espinosa from Nunsys suggests performing an Industry 4.0 diagnosis to identify the current state of the company and what steps it should be taking towards becoming a smart factory. Ricardo spoke of the different layers of IT systems including ERP, CRM and BI software which together form the basis of Industry 4.0.

22 November, 2017 0 comment
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THE OEKO-TEX® CERTIFICATE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

During 2017 the Association celebrated its 25th year: to commemorate the event, the OEKO-TEX® Association has conducted the study “The key to confidence: the consumer and their attitude to Textile Sustainability. Changes in behaviour and perspectives”, whose objective is to evaluate consumer attitudes towards textile sustainability.

The opinions of more than 11,000 consumers on textiles in general and more specifically home textiles, were taken into account by the study. The opinions were collected online and looked at aspects including climate change, hazardous substances in textiles and the social wellbeing of workers in the industry, among other questions.

ABOUT OEKO-TEX®

The international OEKO-TEX® association is made up of 18 independent technology centres from Europe and Japan and has offices all over the world.

AITEX is the official institute in Spain and issues certificates in accordance with OEKO-TEX® standards of quality. Associate institutes are responsible for analysing products according to the methods and approaches established by a range of standards: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®, as well as issuing production certificates in compliance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® (sustainable textile production) and the chemical substance management tool DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®. Associate institutes perform laboratory testing  and company audits and the OEKO-TEX® Association provides an additional range of services offered by the MySTeP data base to manage the entire supply chain and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® to verify chemical and other products. Institutes belonging to OEKO-TEX® also promote innovation in the textile and garment-making industry through close cooperation with manufacturers, and the accredited certification system makes a substantial contribution to the development of high-quality textile products.

16 November, 2017 0 comment
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