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Mit einer neuen Produktionsstätte zur Druckknopf-Weiterverarbeitung verkürzt Prym-Fashion die Lieferzeiten für indische Hersteller von Kinder- und Babybekleidung um mehr als 50 Prozent. © Prym Fashion

Gute Nachricht für Produzenten in Indien
Von  Iris Schlomski

Prym-Fashion hat im Frühjahr mit Prym Fashion India Pvt. Ltd. in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) eine Produktionsstätte zur Druckknopf-Weiterverarbeitung eröffnet.

Damit verkürzt Prym Fashion die Lieferzeiten für Produzenten in Indien.

In der Anlage werden seither die beliebten Gripfix-Druckknopfverschlüsse für den Kinder- und Babybekleidungsmarkt lackiert. Durch das Stanzen der Druckknöpfe in Deutschland und die auftragsbezogene Lackierung bei Prym Fashion India reduziert Prym die Lieferzeiten für indische Hersteller von Kinder- und Babybekleidung um mehr als 50 Prozent.

Brian Moore, Chief Executive Officer von Prym Fashion:

„Tamil Nadu ist der größte Textilfabrikstandort in Indien. Prym Fashion India bringt uns somit näher an unseren indischen Kundenstamm. Farbe ist so wichtig für die Attraktivität von Kinder- und Babykleidung, und das ganze Jahr über werden immer häufiger neue Kollektionen eingeführt. Unsere Fähigkeit, die Vorlaufzeiten für unsere farblich abgestimmten Gripfix-Druckknopfsysteme jetzt deutlich zu verkürzen, bietet unseren Kunden in der Region einen deutlichen Mehrwert.“

Gripfix – der Top-Seller von Prym Fashion

Gripfix ist der Top-Seller von Prym Fashion in der Babybekleidungslinie des Unternehmens und verfügt über ein sicheres Fünf-Zackensystem, das weder reißt noch abreißt. Das flache Design der Gripfix-Verschlüsse maximiert den Trage-Komfort. Das Engagement des Unternehmens für Produktqualität und Zuverlässigkeit macht Gripfix-Verschlüsse sowohl langlebig als auch sicher für den Einsatz bei Säuglings- und Kinderbekleidung.

Prym Fashion India hat seinen Sitz in der schnell wachsenden Chennai Free Trade Zone, sodass Prym Fashion emaillierte Druckknopfsysteme mit sehr kurzen Lieferzeiten an Bekleidungshersteller in Südasien, einschließlich Sri Lanka und Bangladesch, exportieren kann. „Diese Einrichtung ist ein guter Ausgangspunkt, um unsere Präsenz in dieser wichtigen und wachsenden Bekleidungsregion auszubauen, und wir entwickeln bereits Pläne für den Ausbau unserer Dienstleistungen in Indien in naher Zukunft“, kündigt Moore an.

Über Prym

Als eines der ältesten Familienunternehmen Deutschlands – mit Wurzeln bis ins Jahr 1530 – ist Prym weltweit ein Begriff, wenn es um Metallverarbeitung für anspruchsvolle Nischenmärkte geht. Standorte rund um den Globus schaffen Nähe zu den Kunden der vier Segmente Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates und Inovan.

Prym Fashion ist kompetenter Partner, wenn innovative und robuste Produkte für die Bekleidungs- und Textilindustrie benötigt werden. Vernietbare Druckknopf-Verschlusssysteme, Design-Zutaten und Accessoires machen Prym Fashion zu einem der weltweit wichtigsten Anbieter der Branche. Darüber hinaus bietet Prym Fashion technische Beratung vor Ort, kundenorientierte Services und maßgeschneiderte Ansetztechnologien.

Online-Veröffentlichung: https://textile-network.de/de/Fashion/Vorstufe/Prym-Fashion-verkuerzt-Lieferzeiten

Name und Anschrift des Betreibers
Prym Fashion GmbH
Zweifaller Str. 130
52224 Stolberg
Tel.: 02402/ 14-05
E-Mail: info@prym-fashion.com

Anwendung der StörfallV / Erfüllung der Mitteilungspflichten
Die Prym Fashion GmbH unterliegt aufgrund seiner Galvanik der Störfall-Verordnung (12. BImSchV) und ist in diesem Sinne aufgrund der Gesundheitsgefahren (Gefahrenkategorie H) als Betriebsbereich „der unteren Klasse“ eingestuft. Am Standort befinden sich keine weiteren Betriebsbereiche, die der Störfallverordnung unterliegen.
Der Betriebsbereich wurde der Bezirksregierung Köln, Dez. 53 – Immissionsschutz, 50606 Köln, Dienstgebäude: Robert-Schuman-Straße 51, 52066 Aachen nach § 7 der 12. Bundesimmissionsschutzverordnung (12. BImSchV - Störfallverordnung) angezeigt. Die Störfallverordnung verlangt gem. § 8a i. V. m. Anhang. V von Betriebsbereichen der unteren Klasse (ehemals Grundpflichten), in denen gefährliche Stoffe gehandhabt werden, die Information der Öffentlichkeit über die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und das richtige Verhalten im Fall eines Störfalls.

Tätigkeiten im Betriebsbereich
Die Prym Fashion GmbH stellt am Standort Stolberg Kleinteile (z. B. Knöpfe) her, welche in Trommelanlagen galvanisiert werden. Die Stahl- oder Messingoberfläche der Rohteile wird durch verschiedene metallische Schichten veredelt, wobei die Kupfer-, Weißbronze-, Nickelauflagen störfallrelevant sind.

Im Einsatz werden hauptsächlich folgende Verfahren angewandt:

  • Entfettung in alkalischen und sauren Bädern
  • Beizen und Dekapierungen in diversen Säuren
  • Cyanidische Polierung
  • Galvanische Vernickelung
  • Cyanidische Weißbronzeveredelung
  • Cyanidische Verkupferung

Stoffe nach Störfallverordnung
Toxische Stoffe, aufgrund deren die Prym Fashion GmbH ein Betrieb der unteren Klasse gemäß der StörfallVO ist, sind hauptsächlich Salze der Blausäure, welche als Kalium-, Natrium-, Kupfer- und Zinkcyanide vorliegen. Des Weiteren arbeiten wir mit Nickel(II)verbindungen, welche wir als Sulfate oder Chloride einsetzen. Alle diese toxischen Stoffe befinden sich in den Lägern als Reinstoff sowie in den galvanischen Bädern in wasserverdünnter Form.

Mögliche Störungen mit Außenwirkung
Wir versichern Ihnen, dass aufgrund unserer umfangreichen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen der Eintritt eines Störfalls als sehr gering einzustufen ist. Tritt dennoch ein unvorhersehbarer Störfall auf, wird nach dem bestehenden Alarmplan verfahren, der mit der Behörde und der Feuerwehr abgestimmt ist.
Im Falle eines Störfalls werden die Ordnungsbehörden (Feuerwehr, Polizei, Überwachungsbehörde) unverzüglich durch uns informiert.
Die Bevölkerung wird gegebenenfalls durch die zuständigen Stellen informiert. Bitte beachten sie im Schadensfall die Lautsprecherdurchsagen der Polizei und Feuerwehr sowie mögliche Radio- und Fernsehdurchsagen. Notfall-Informationen können auch über die Nachrichten-App des Bundes, kurz Warn-App NINA eingeholt werden.

Bei einem Brandes entstehen Rauchgase, die in Windrichtung über das Werksgelände hinaus gelangen können. Rauchgase enthalten Verbrennungsprodukte wie Blausäure, Kohlendioxid, Kohlenmonoxid, Wasser, Ruß und teilweise auch unvollständig verbrannte Bestandteile. Bei störungsbedingter Bildung und Freisetzung gasförmiger Stoffe über die Werkgrenzen hinaus können akut toxische Gefahren entstehen. Jeglicher Kontakt mit dem menschlichen Körper ist zu vermeiden. Sobald die Brandmeldeanlage einen Brand registriert, erfolgt eine Alarmierung freiwilligen Standortfeuerwehr sowie der Berufsfeuerwehr Stolberg.

Bei einer Leckage in den Produktionsanlagen können flüssige Stoffe auslaufen. Die Stoffe (im Brandfall auch Löschwasser) werden in speziellen Auffangtassen oder der Kanalisation zurück gehalten.

Letzte Vor-Ort-Besichtigung und elektronischer Zugang dieser Information:
Die letzte Vor-Ort-Besichtigung (Behördeninspektion) des Betriebsbereichs erfolgte durch die zuständige Behörde am 06.05.2019.
Ausführlichere Auskünfte bzgl. Inspektionen oder Überwachungsplan können bei der Bezirksregierung Köln eingeholt werden.

Einzelheiten über weitere Informationen
Ihr Ansprechpartner bei der Prym Fashion GmbH ist der Störfallkoordinator Herr Dr. Guido Piehl:
Tel.: 02402/ 14-2755
E-Mail: Guido.Piehl@prym.com
Weitere Informationen können zudem bei der Bezirksregierung Köln, Dez. 53 – Immissionsschutz, 50606 Köln, Telefon: +49(0)221-147- 2659 , FAX: +49(0)221-147-4168 eingeholt werden.

Prym - Hall C6, Booth N10/N11

For Hong Kong firm Prym, the priority of its Performance Days showcase will be its L.I.F.E. (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble) certified fasteners.

Made to adhere to one or more of the following principles: fewer harmful substances; fewer material inputs; the elimination of heavy metals;

and less energy, Prym’s L.I.F.E. fasteners are said to reduce water consumption by 65 per cent, chemicals by 98 per cent, hazardous waste

by 85 per cent, and electricity by 16 per cent compared to standard practice.

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Manufactured to Close the Sustainability Loop for Apparel and Textile Industry

STOLBERG, GERMANY – May 6, 2019 – Prym Fashion announced today the launch of its new environmentally friendly snaps in two options, ecoWhite and ecoGreen. Prym Fashion’s L.I.F.E (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble) certified snaps are made using less material inputs, and are designed to provide the solution to a total eco-package. The new snaps are the first ecofriendly alternative available to various market segments of the apparel and textile industry, including activewear, children’s wear and babywear.

“We understand that today’s consumers expect brands to offer products that are completely sustainable, including the fabric and the trim,” said Brian Moore, chief executive officer of Prym Fashion. “These eco-friendly snaps allow our customers to consider every detail and increase the overall sustainability of their products.”

Made from recycled plastic bottles, Prym Fashion’s ecoWhite snaps eliminate the use of crude oil and associated processing compared to plastic snaps made with virgin raw materials. One recycled plastic bottle can produce 13 snaps. Prym Fashion’s ecoGreen snaps are made from plant-based renewable resources, such as potato starch, and reduce fossil resources and greenhouse emissions. ecoGreen snaps are biodegradable and recyclable. Coming soon, Prym Fashion will also offer ecoBlue plastic snaps that will be made from recycled ocean plastic.

“As brands and retailers in the textile industry continue to raise their sustainability goals, details like trim will become increasingly important,” added Moore. “Prym Fashion is committed to making snaps that make a difference.”

To learn more about the sustainable solutions from Prym Fashion, visit the newly updated website, www.prym-fashion.com/LIFE. Or visit Prym Fashion on Hall C6, booth N10/N11 at Performance Days, being held May 8-9, 2019, in Munich, Germany.

 

About Prym Group:

Founded in 1530, The Prym Group is the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions, Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and INOVAN. With more than 3,600 employees and offices throughout Europe, Asia, America and Africa, Prym is a global leader in the supply of fasteners and accessories. The company collaborates with many of the world’s leading brands in jeans, activewear, men’s and women’s wear, baby and kids clothing, work apparel technical textiles and luxury items. For more information, visit Prym Group.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Whisnant
jwhisnant(at)quixotegroup(dot)com

Apparel fasteners and accessories supplier Prym Fashion is to open a new fastener finishing facility in India later this month in a move it says will halve the lead-times to producers of children's and babywear in the country.

The new facility, which will be known as Prym Fashion India, will be located in Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu.

Operations will begin at the site this month and will include the enamel finishing of the company's Gripfix fasteners for the children's and babywear markets.  

By stamping the fasteners in Germany and providing made-to-order enamel finishing at Prym Fashion India, the company says it will be able to reduce lead times to India-based producers by more than 50%.

"Tamil Nadu is home to the largest number of textile mills in India, and the location of Prym Fashion India puts us closer to our Indian customer base," says Brian Moore, CEO of Prym Fashion. 

"Colour is so important to the appeal of children's and babywear, and new collections are being introduced with greater frequency throughout the year. Our ability to significantly reduce lead-times on our Gripfix fastener with dyed-to-match colours will provide added value to customers based in the area."

Gripfix is Prym Fashion's top seller in the company's babywear range and has a secure five-prong system that will neither tear nor come off. The flat design of Gripfix fasteners maximises comfort, and the company's commitment to product quality and reliability make them both durable and safe for use with clothing designed for infants and children. 

Prym Fashion India will be located within the fast-growing Chennai Free Trade Zone, allowing Prym Fashion to export enamelled fasteners to apparel manufacturers in South Asia, including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 

"This facility is a great starting point from which to enlarge our presence in this important and growing apparel region, and we are already developing plans to expand our services in India in the near future," adds Moore. 

Earlier this year the company introduced new low impact fasteners that have been developed to meet increasing global demand for sustainable apparel.

Written by: Beth Wright (just-style.com)

Plant will reduce lead-times to children’s and baby wear manufacturers by more than 50 percent

STOLBERG, GERMANY – April 10, 2019Prym-Fashion has announced that it will open a new fastener finishing facility, known as Prym Fashion India Pvt. Ltd., in Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India. The new facility, which will begin operations in the month of April, will enamel the company’s popular Gripfix fasteners for the children’s and baby wear markets. By stamping the fasteners in Germany and providing made-to-order enamel finishing at Prym Fashion India, the company will reduce lead times to India-based producers of children’s and baby wear by more than 50 percent.

"Tamil Nadu is home to the largest number of textile mills in India, and the location of Prym Fashion India puts us closer to our Indian customer base," said Brian Moore, chief executive officer of Prym Fashion. "Color is so important to the appeal of children’s and baby wear, and new collections are being introduced with greater frequency throughout the year. Our ability to significantly reduce lead-times on our Gripfix fastener with dyed-to-match colors will provide added value to customers based in the area."

Gripfix is Prym Fashion’s top seller in the company’s baby wear range, and has a secure five-prong system that will neither tear nor come off. The flat design of Gripfix fasteners maximizes comfort, and the company’s commitment to product quality and reliability make them both durable and safe for use with clothing designed for infants and children.

Prym Fashion India will be located within the fast-growing Chennai Free Trade Zone, allowing Prym Fashion to export enameled fasteners to apparel manufacturers in South Asia, including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"This facility is a great starting point from which to enlarge our presence in this important and growing apparel region, and we are already developing plans to expand our services in India in the near future," added Moore.

 

About Prym Group:

Founded in 1530, The Prym Group is the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions, Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and INOVAN. With more than 3,600 employees and offices throughout Europe, Asia, America and Africa, Prym is a global leader in the supply of fasteners and accessories. The company collaborates with many of the world’s leading brands in jeans, activewear, men’s and women’s wear, baby and kids clothing, work apparel, technical textiles and luxury leather items. For more information, visit Prym Group.

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Whisnant, Quixote Group jwhisnant(at)quixotegroup(dot)com

Pic: Lampo

Pic: Lampo

Pic: YKK

The easiest thing to miss in a garment is the zipper. Yet, a garment might never be worn, or worse, even be discarded, if the zipper didn't work well enough. Subir Ghosh writes about trends, disruptions and standards in the zipper-fastener sector.

There are some ideas that never click with the public at first. An American machine salesman and engineer by the name of Whitcomb Judson learnt it the hard way in 1893. He worked on-what was described as-a "clasp locker" and launched the Universal Fastener Company to manufacture his new device. The clasp locker made its debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, but saw little success.

Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer, was hired to work for the Universal Fastener Company in 1906. He took the idea forward and increased the number of fastening elements from four per inch to ten, "introduced two facing rows of teeth that pulled into a single piece by the slider, and increased the opening for the teeth guided by the slider. "The patent for Sundback's "Separable Fastener" came in 1917, and the name still later. 

F Goodrich Company used Sundback's device as a fastener on a new type of rubber boots and called the device a "zipper". The name remains.Yet, it took the fashion industry two decades to take to the zipper. Sometime in the 1930s, a sales campaign began for children's self-help clothing featuring zippers. In 1937, French designers started using zippers in men's trousers. The device was called the "newest tailoring idea for men" and one of the plus points was that it would exclude "the possibility of unintentional and embarrassing disarray."

There have been innovations galore since then, but the basic idea behind the zipper, as also fasteners, remains the same-you zip it up right, or you fasten it around just as tight.

Challenging Trends

At first blush-to the lay person, at least-it might appear as though there is little scope for trends and challenges in the zipper-fastener sector. Yet, there are those unmistakable trends that are driving the segment-albeit few-but mostly revolving around material, functionality and consumer taste.

For Gaetano Lanfranchi, chief executive of Ditta Giovanni Lanfranchi SpA, the main challenge is and will remain the capability to compromise with the growing need of personalisation and quality, with strict deliveries (the make or break deals). Lanfranchi underlines, "Sampling and production are indeed overlapping more and more due to capsule and special collections. Technology will become fundamental in adapting our process for a faster service on smaller orders." As for what will decide the course of the future, he quips, "Service 360o sustainability technology." But then, Lanfranchi's company-known for the Lampo zippers-is steeped in history and heritage and known to move with the times. It was established in 1887 by Giovanni Lanfranchi-Gaetano's greatgrandfather-starting off as a button producer in Palazzolo, also known as the Italian Manchester. Today, Lanfranchi is a group of six manufacturing companies, all located in Italy, and employs over 400 people.

The consumer factor also holds sway at Ucan Zippers USA. The majority of its customers are driven by their own needs and tastes. Managing partner and vice-president (operations), Malan Lai, points out, "We have seen on occasion designs that are based around the materials being utilised, but for the most part the demand for our zippers has been more for function. Consumers want products that look good and are functional and easy to use. One of our core goals has always been to produce great functioning zippers. So, when the end-user is interacting with the product, they never think about the zipper because it's working well. I believe consumer needs and tastes will always play a big role in driving the zipper trends and the types of zippers being used." Ucan Zippers was started by Malan's father, Paul Lai, and the company has been making zippers in the US for around 30 years.

The take on the issue is a bit different with the chief executive of Prym Fashion, Brian Moore, who notes that "Sustainability is at the top of everyone's list and is being driven by consumers who are demanding more eco-friendly materials. 

When we were at Outdoor Retailer in January, that was the first thing everyone talked about when they visited our booth. Consumers are driving sustainability. They're showing preference for environment-friendly products with their purchasing power. As consumers continue to become more aware of the world and the fashion industry's impact on it, they will demand more sustainable products." Founded in 1530, the Prym Group is the oldest industrial family owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions- Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and Inovan.

Innovation of Disruptions

The question that would therefore, naturally, cross one's mind is this: what innovations is one likely to see in the future? Are we going to see anything disruptive? Very broadly, the root concept itself has not changed much since the 19th century when zippers came to be used with garments. Or, has it?

Lanfranchi does not see anything disruptive turning the sector on its head as yet, since it is more a "continuous process of upgrading old processes with the new technologies of production and IT (information technology) integration." He agrees that the system of chain slider has not changed much since the novelty came into being, "but materials and processes, amazingly yes!"

Lai's understanding is similar, and underlines, "When you look at the concept of a zipper, not much has changed in the overall idea of how the zipper works and functions.

Companies like YKK have done a lot in innovating different types of closures or utilising different materials to make the zipper function better for specific usages. But again, the overall idea of the zipper is still the same. There is a slider body that joins the two sides of the zipper teeth together to create the 'closure'. If that idea ever radically changed it wouldn't be a zipper anymore." As straight as that.

Moore, however, delves into the sustainability aspect. He contends, "Historically, the entire fastener industry has revolved around metal and finishing processes that are not environment-friendly. Prym LIFE (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble) fasteners are disrupting the industry, as they are manufactured with more sustainable metals and finishes that are better for the environment. In the future, we'll continue to see alternative materials that create a smaller environmental footprint. Sustainable options continue to gain momentum and cause disruption in the marketplace."

Here, the view of the largest manufacturer of zippers in the world-YKK-assumes significance. The YKK Group is a Japanese group of manufacturing companies, with the initials YKK standing for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha (English: Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation), which was the name of the company from 1945 until 1994. YKK produces fasteners and other products at 109 YKK facilities in 71 countries worldwide. Within YKK, the group distinguishes between the Slide Fastener Division, the Textile and Plastic Products Division, and the Snap Fastener and Button Division.

Explains a YKK spokesperson, "You need both hands to use fastening products, such as zippers, buckles and buttons. In this point, it is usable to pull up and down for both-hands-users. However, it is not user-friendly for people with disabilities and/or when people cannot use both hands. YKK has been developing 'universal design' items to solve those problem. For example, we received the Gold Award from Good Design with our universal design product QuickFree.

It is not only for usage of sports and outdoor, but for children and elder people also. Wider slider makes it easy for children and elders to pull up the zipper by themselves.  Others, such as parents and caregivers can also help them get dressed easily. Moreover, YKK is looking at the future where you do not need your hands to operate a zipper. We introduced an idea of 'Auto-Slider' as a conceptional product, which can be pulled up and down automatically." And, there we are. If you don't need hands to use a zipper, that might well be the disruptive element that we can expect to see soon.

Unzipping Fashion

A lot of innovation/technology goes into manufacturing zippers. But those, as also the finer aspects, mean little to a consumer who is using a garment. For a consumer, it needs to be easy-to-use and look fashionable too. But seriously, how much more fashionable can a zipper be?

Lanfranchi argues that the zipper is a functional accessory, "but details usually make a big difference between a 'standard' garment and a top quality one. Usability, consistency and appearance are for sure noted by end-customers too, maybe they miss all the incredible design work behind."

Needless to say, as Lai underlines, "many people do not understand the amount of technology that goes into manufacturing zippers. There has been much improvement in the equipment we use to manufacture our zippers, and that is what allows us to remain competitive in our space here in Los Angeles.

We have been manufacturing our zippers here for the last 30 years, and over the years we have seen them used on so many different applications. From fashion to industrial uses to even jewellery. Today, there is a new crop of designers, inventors, influencers and what they are doing with our zippers always amazes me. In their eyes, our zippers are still fashionable and functional."

Adds Moore, "There are two parts of a fastener- the one you see on the outside of the garment and the one inside. The portion that's facing the consumer uses much different materials today than it did 10-20 years ago, including new technology such as reflective material, glow in the dark, and more sustainable materials. There is a movement toward incorporating new non-metal and sustainable technologies."

The Environmental Angle

Zippers made from metal are among the most popular, but metal by its very nature is nonbiodegradable. The same goes for plastic-moulded zippers. And, all of these end up as part of postconsumer textile waste. Questions, therefore, abound: are we going to see a change in raw materials used? How can zippers become more ecofriendly than they already are? 

YKK, according to the company spokesperson, aims to reduce environmental loads. "We have been selling a zipper product made from yarn waste produced in our company since 1980. Natulon has been on sale since 2005. It is made from recycled plastic bottles. GreenRise will be on sale in April 2019, which is made from partially plant-based PET to conserve petroleum and aim for being carbonneutral. We continue to make efforts to develop environment-friendly products.

"Last, regarding our manufacturing processes, most of those are in-house production except raw materials. Our activities are focused and actively monitored, minimising our environmental impact, such as CO2 emission, wastewater treatment in all processes from supplying materials to production."

Says Lanfranchi, "We can offer zips made with some recycled components (e.g. the tape), but we are more focused on keeping the entire process sustainable. The process must be sustainable-not only a special line of products! It is true that metals are not biodegradable, but all our metals are recycled by us and by our suppliers too, besides most other raw materials and production discards. Sustainability must be considered with a 360o perspective: environmental as well as social and economic."

The environmental angle is something that Ucan has been trying to tackle. Lai elaborates, "We work closely with our raw material suppliers to make sure that all our materials conform and adhere to all the standards and regulations mandated by local and federal laws. Even if we can make our zippers more 'eco-friendly', it will still end up as part of post-consumer waste. We have been working with our city to see what we can do to upcycle our products. We have been trying to find new ways that zippers can be used or re-used to keep them out of our landfills. We still have quite a few ways to go in finding new materials that can be used to make zippers, or what can be done with a zipper once it has seen its lifecycle. But I know we are working towards something better. 

Fasteners, contends Moore, can be more ecofriendly in both the material used to produce them and finishes on the product. "New technologies use less labour, energy and chemicals-which means reducing the environmental footprint. The LIFE manufacturing process for a metal fastener compared to a conventional process has: water reduction of 65 per cent; electricity reduction of 16 per cent; chemicals reduced by 98 per cent; and hazardous waste reduced by 85 per cent.

"In the future, we'll see fasteners made with bio-degradable materials, post-consumer waste, and harvested ocean plastic. The machinery to make the fasteners hasn't changed much, just the process to make them more quickly and efficiently."

Setting Higher Standards

In the recent past, issues related to lead, phthalates, nickel, etc, have dominated discussions. Zipper manufacturers today need to adhere to a number of compliances and address safety issues at the same time. This means a lot of work has to go into ensuring quality control.

Lanfranchi adheres to Detox programme and is annually certified and verified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 - Class I (the strictest). "Our processes being vertically integrated and made in Italy, we can easily adhere to severe international regulations. But, unfortunately, our sector does not have a common standard. Each of our customers has its own, and it's not easy at all to manage the differences."

Continues Moore, "It begins with having a secure supply chain. We must have confidence from start to finish in our process. We have control of all of our manufacturing facilities and processes around the world-as opposed to having sourcing partners- which allows us to have better control of our supply chain. We have strong audits in all regions where we produce, and have field audits to protect our products and supply chain."

YKK has been following consumer safety regulation against chemical substances of finished textile products globally, the spokesperson outlines. "Along with the operations, YKK has established an original chemical management policy, called YKK RSL (YKK Restricted Substance List), which is based on Oeko-Tex. These days there are movements among brands and establishing groups to regulate chemical substances bringing environmental impacts into the scope. The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) is also one of them. YKK follows its MRSL and is taking measures on eliminating harmful substances out of its process and products. YKK products have Oeko-Tex certification since 1996, and YKK is also a system partner of Bluesign, a certification body which certifies the world's highest level of consumer safety, minimal impact on workers and environment, since 2012.  

"YKK also has its own original compliance requirements called YGCC (YKK Global Criteria of Compliance) consisting of six categories: management system; labour conditions; hours and wages; health and safety; environment; and fair business practices. By implementing YGCC requirements in our global offices, we are able to standardise and upgrade our social requirement levels globally. In business, transparency and sustainability are key social requirement. YKK will pursue sustainable business with customers."

In the last 10 years, Ucan has been working on developing its luxury zipper line-G2. "This has been a great addition to our line as we are one of the last zipper manufacturers here in the US. As I stated earlier, advancements in technology allow us to remain competitive and nimble, and we do invest quite a bit into keeping our machines current and increasing efficiencies. We always have to be on top of what we do as we have to comply with many regulations having our factory located in California.

Written by: Subir Ghosh (Fibre2Fashion.com)

Low Impact Fastener Ensemble Fasteners are Manufactured Responsibly to Meet the Demand for Sustainability

STOLBERG, GERMANY – Feb. 4, 2019 – To meet the increasing global demand for sustainable apparel, Prym Fashion, one of the world’s leading fashion and apparel accessories suppliers, today announced the introduction of L.I.F.E. Certified fasteners, which are manufactured to significantly lower the process and environmental footprint of Prym Fashion products compared to conventional manufacturing processes. L.I.F.E., which stands for Low Impact Fastener Ensemble, Certified metal fasteners will be on display at Premiere Vision Paris, which will be held Feb. 12-14, at Paris Nord Villepinte.

“The production of metal fasteners for apparel and leather goods involves a broad spectrum of processes and finishes, including electroplating, chemical coloring and coating – all of which require a substantial amount of resources and materials,” said Brian Moore, chief executive officer of Prym Fashion. “Our goal for our L.I.F.E. Certified program is to produce a wide range of finishes through more environmentally friendly processes, allowing customers to use Prym fasteners that contribute to their overall sustainability objectives.”

The initial collection of L.I.F.E. Certified metal fasteners will be produced by Prym Fashion Italia, a recognized leader in the snap fastener and rivet industry, in their plant in Lecco, Italy. Prym Fashion Italia has spent several years perfecting the finishing processes used in the L.I.F.E. Certified fasteners to minimize the environmental impact while also ensuring the quality and longevity of the finish.

“There are four primary principles to produce fasteners with a lower environmental footprint, which are fewer harmful substances, fewer chemical inputs, the elimination of heavy metals, and less energy,” said Philipp Osthaus, manager of sustainable products for Prym Fashion. “Any Prym Fashion fastener that is L.I.F.E. Certified will adhere to one or more of these principles, regardless of where they are produced, and we look forward to introducing additional products in the months ahead.”

The environmental impact of nine metal L.I.F.E. Certified fasteners compared to conventional processes, which were validated by Made-By, a recognized not-for-profit organization with a mission to make sustainability common practice in the fashion industry, include the following:

  • Water reduction of 65 percent

  • Electricity reduction of 16 percent

  • Chemicals reduced by 98 percent

  • Hazardous waste reduced by 85 percent

“We are able to significantly reduce the environmental and process footprint used in the finishing of our metal fasteners, which in turn will help Prym Fashion reduce its global footprint,” added Moore. “We see this as a big first step in our sustainability journey, and we will continue to build out the range of products that fit within our Low Impact Fastener Ensemble strategy.”

L.I.F.E. Certified metal fasteners are available in dozens of finishes based on brass, copper and stainless-steel base materials, and will be on display at the company’s booth (Hall 4, Stand D37) at Premiere Vision Paris.

 

About Prym Group:

Founded in 1530, The Prym Group is the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions, Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and INOVAN. With more than 3,600 employees and offices throughout Europe, Asia, America and Africa, Prym is a global leader in the supply of fasteners and accessories. The company collaborates with many of the world’s leading brands in jeans, activewear, men’s and women’s wear, baby and kids clothing, work apparel, technical textiles and luxury leather items. For more information, visit Prym Group.

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Whisnant, Quixote Group jwhisnant(at)quixotegroup(dot)com

Prym Fashion L.I.F.E.™-Technologie

Prym Fashion L.I.F.E.™-Technologie ermöglicht ressourcenschonende Produktion von Bekleidungszubehör und Accessoires

Am 28. und 29. November präsentiert Prym Fashion, einer der weltweit führenden Produzenten qualitativ hochwertiger Druckknopf-Verschluss-Systeme und Accessoires für die Bekleidungs- und Textilindustrie, seine neuesten funktionalen Produkte und Zutaten auf den PerformanceDays in Halle C1 Stand N10 und N11 der Münchner Messe.

Die PerformanceDays gilt als Leitmesse für Hersteller von funktionellen Stoffen und Zutaten. Etwa 300 Aussteller aus der ganzen Welt werden erwartet.

In diesem Jahr stehen bei Prym Fashion Snaps, Stopper, Schnallen, Ösen und Unterlegscheiben im Fokus. Darüber hinaus präsentiert Prym neue T-Lock-Snaps, Magnet-Snaps, Kompass-Snaps sowie ultradünne und geräuschlose Snaps mit speziellen Mehrwertfunktionen für Outdoor- und Aktivsport-Bekleidung. Standbesucher können vor Ort zudem die reibungslose Verarbeitung der hochwertigen Prym-Produkte an einer vollautomatischen Ansetzmaschine erleben.

Vorgestellt wird auch die neue Prym L.I.F.E.™-Technologie (Low Impact Finish Ensemble) für nachhaltige und ressourcenschonende Produktion. Dabei wird vollständig auf galvanische Prozesse mit Strom, auf Schwermetalle sowie auf Lacke auf Lösungsmittelbasis verzichtet. Außerdem wird der Einsatz physikalischer Verfahren gegenüber chemischen Prozessen intensiviert.

Ein Vergleich von neun Produkten hat gezeigt, dass durch die neue Prym L.I.F.E.™-Technologie 65 Prozent Wasser, 16 Prozent Strom, 98 Prozent Chemikalien und 85 Prozent der umweltbelastenden Abfälle eingespart werden. Damit geht Prym einen großen Schritt bei der Nachhaltigkeit und der Einsparung von Wasser in der Textilproduktion voraus.

Prym Fashion GmbH
PerformanceDays
28. und 29. November 2018
Messe München
Halle C1 Stand N 10 + 11

www.prym-fashion.com

Foto: Messestand Prym Fashion (www.prym-fashion.com)

 

Prym Fashion präsentiert sich auch auf folgenden Messen:

Texworld Paris
Paris, Le Bourget
11. – 14. Februar 2019

PremièreVision Paris
Paris Nord Villepinte
12. – 14. Februar 2019

 

Über Prym

Als eines der ältesten Familienunternehmen Deutschlands - mit Wurzeln bis ins Jahr 1530 - ist Prym weltweit ein Begriff, wenn es um Metallverarbeitung für anspruchsvolle Nischenmärkte geht. Standorte rund um den Globus schaffen Nähe zu den Kunden der vier Segmente Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates und INOVAN.

Prym Fashion ist kompetenter Partner, wenn innovative und robuste Produkte für die Bekleidungs- und Textilindustrie benötigt werden. Vernietbare Druckknopf-Verschlusssysteme, Design-Zutaten und Accessoires machen Prym Fashion zu einem der weltweit wichtigsten Anbieter der Branche. Darüber hinaus bietet Prym Fashion technische Beratung vor Ort, kundenorientierte Services und maßgeschneiderte Ansetztechnologien.

 

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STOLBERG, GERMANY – Oct. 30, 2018The Prym Group, the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and among the oldest in the world, today announced the appointment of Brian Moore as chief executive officer of Prym Fashion Worldwide, effective immediately. Moore will also serve as the managing director of Prym Fashion Asia and Americas, and will be based in the company’s offices in Hong Kong.

In his role, Moore will help grow U.S. market penetration, expand Prym Fashion’s geographic footprint and will lead the development of new fastener solutions. Prym Fashion is the leading solution provider for fashionable fastening systems and accessories for the apparel and textile industry. The company’s products can be found in activewear, jeans, men’s and women’s wear, work apparel, baby and kids clothing, technical textiles and luxury leather items.

“Brian’s extensive background in textiles and apparel will be a strong asset as Prym Fashion develops and introduces new, innovative fastener solutions that address consumer trends and preferences,” said Dr. Ansgar Nonn, chief executive officer of Prym Group. “His knowledge and experience in the U.S. and Asian markets will help further develop our relationships with apparel brands and manufacturers throughout the global supply chain, and we look forward to his leadership and contributions.”

Moore has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience with Unifi, Inc. and Scovill Fasteners, and has spent the past seventeen years leading global businesses while being based in Hong Kong. Moore holds a master’s degree in textile and apparel marketing from Philadelphia University.

“The opportunity to join a company with such a rich history of success is very compelling to me, and I look forward to introducing new products and fastener solutions to the U.S. market,” said Moore. “At Prym, the focus is on the entire value chain of our customers, and I have great respect for their longstanding commitment to quality, innovation and service.”

 

About Prym Group:
Founded in 1530, The Prym Group is the oldest industrial family-owned business in Germany and one of the oldest in the world. The company consists of four divisions, Prym Consumer, Prym Fashion, Prym Intimates and INOVAN. With more than 3,600 employees and offices throughout Europe, Asia, America and Africa, Prym is a global leader in the supply of fasteners and accessories. The company collaborates with many of the world’s leading brands in jeans, activewear, men’s and women’s wear, baby and kids clothing, work apparel, technical textiles and luxury leather items. For more information, visit www.prym.com.

 

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Whisnant, Quixote Group jwhisnant(at)quixotegroup(dot)com