We have pleasure in announcing that we have launched our newly revamped website www.hkrita.com in early Jun.

A new commercialisation section is dedicated to news of our latest research deliverables that are ready for industry application. In addition, new features in the home page include information panels on “Commercialisation Highlights” and “R&D Updates” which provide a quick access to information on our research projects and technologies.

Through www.hkrita.com, we look forward to enhancing communication with the industry and other research organisations and associations as well as keeping the industry abreast of developments in the textiles and apparel world.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on our website.

HKRITA Showcases Successful Research Deliverables in
ShanghaiTex 2011

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel took part in the ShanghaiTex from 14 to 17 June 2011, showcasing the latest successful research deliverables to the industry. The four selected projects were Nu-Torque™ Cotton Yarn Production Technology, Innovative Finishing System for Wet Processing, 2D Barcode and RFID Enabled Mobile Warehouse Management System and Auto Loader of Molding System of Brasserie Cup...

Research Deliverables for Academic and Industry Purposes Showcased in the Mainland

Representatives of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel recently went to Fujian and Dongguan to explore collaboration opportunities with local academic institutes, government authorities and the industry sector.

On 27 May 2011, the representatives went on exchange with Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology and Minjiang University...

Fabric Sensors for Three Dimensional Surface Pressure Mapping

While traditional pressure sensors can be widely applied in our daily life, they are expensive and not easily adopted by the textiles industry. Traditional sensors, such as strain gauge and piezo-electrical sensor, have small deformability, with low sensitivity and short lifespan, and so are not suitable for measurement of such flexible and soft materials as textiles and apparel. Therefore there is a great demand expressed from the industry for fabric sensors which can do pressure measurement, especially for sportswear and specific applications...

Invitation for R&D Project Applications

HKRITA is now inviting applications for research and development projects. Applications will fall under one of the two R&D programme areas: Platform Research Programme and Collaborative Research Programme. Applications for funding should be classified under one of the following technology focus areas:

• New Materials and Textiles and Apparel Products;
• Advanced Textiles and Clothing Production Technologies;
• Innovative Design and Evaluation Technologies; and
• Enhanced Industrial Systems and Infrastructure.

For the invitation letter, please click here. If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Dr K C Ho


A new platform research project has recently been approved with HK$3.15 million in funding support:

New Materials and Textiles and Apparel Products

Development of Industry-scale Plasma Treatment System for Wool/Cashmere Knitwear to Minimise Pilling

  Formaldehyde Tester Wins International Award
16 May 2011

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel has worked hard to deliver technologies that are applicable to the textiles industry. One newest example is the Quick Test System for Formaldehyde in Textiles and Clothing which was awarded the silver medal in the 39th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva...

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer

4-7 Jul 2011
New Production and Technology Seminar cum Matching Session of the Textiles Industry
29 Jun 2011

ShanghaiTex 2011

14-17 Jun 2011

Exchange with Research and Academic Institutions in Fujian

27 May 2011

Novel Finishing Treatment for Knitwear Using Low Temperature Rapid Evaporation

18 May 2011
13-16 May 2011

29 Jul 2011 How to Enhance the Competitive Advantages through Embroidery Technologies? (in Chinese only) 1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
29 - 30 Jul 2011 Certificate Training of Latest Antimicrobial Processing Technology for Garment Design, Manufacturing and Testing 1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
31 Jul 2011 Design For Asia (DFA) Award 2011 Hong Kong Design Centre
14 - 20 Aug 2011 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2011 Seminar on Smart Textiles, Innovative Drivers for Product Design Y306, Lee Shau Kee Building, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
22 - 24 Sep 2011 Knitwear Design and Technology Fair Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre

21 - 27 Sep 2011

Advanced Textile and Garment Machinery Study Mission in Barcelona (ITMA 2011)

Barcelona, Spain

22 - 29 Sep 2011 ITMA 2011 Barcelona, Spain
27 Aug - 29 Oct 2011 Advanced Diploma of Lingerie Fitting Technician 1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
30 Oct - 6 Nov 2011 Overseas Training Programme on Advanced Technologies for Textile and Apparel Manufacturing to [TC]2, USA North Carolina, USA

(from left) Michelle, Smitty and Calos

Welcome on Board

Three new colleagues have joined HKRITA.

Ms Smitty Chiu, Project Officer of R&D Division, said, “I am glad to be a member of HKRITA. The job gives me an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding about the textiles and clothing industry. I am excited to meet any new challenges ahead.”

Another new Project Officer of the R&D Division, Ms Michelle Chow, told us that, “I would like to contribute my R&D experiences to the industry and build up a close relationship between HKRITA and collaborating parties. I am looking forward to learning from my supervisors and colleagues.”

“Having the solid work experience in the garment sector and the subsidised organisation, I hope and am confident that, with the support of the colleagues, I can do my best in every task and challenge,” said Ms Calos Ngai, Executive Assistant.

Techno-Xchange welcomes HKRITA members to contribute articles on latest technology developments in their companies. If your company would like to publish any new technology development or innovation, please email us the write-up with focus on the technology development, its application and benefits to the industry. For details, please click here.

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