Mr Edwin Keh

I am honoured to serve HKRITA, Hong Kong’s dedicated R&D centre for textiles and clothing.

Established in 2006, and as result of HKRITA’s hard working teams, our research initiatives have already started to bear fruit. Today we have a number of cutting edge projects already in the market place and we have others ready for industrial and commercial applications. These are not only advancements for our industry and businesses, they are also in many cases applied breakthroughs for our research institutions.

Building on our initial successes, our goal is to continue to build multi-platform partnerships with industry, local businesses and our research institutions. This will ensure Hong Kong continues to be the best place for innovation, creative solutions, and sustainable growth. We strive to provide even more real world solutions, more business opportunities, and commercialise more technological advancements.

Today we have a pipeline of innovations and solutions that we are very excited about. We are working diligently to accelerate our roll outs. Our goal is to continue to build on the momentum of our past progress to make significant contributions to the future success of Hong Kong.

We value and look forward to your input and collaboration.

Technology Seminar on Functional Textiles

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel organised its first technology seminar in 2012 with the theme on functional textiles. Meeting on 30 May, industry representatives and experienced researchers discussed the development and latest application of functional textiles and, in particular, explored how to achieve better performances of sportswear and healthcare products by technology advancement...

HKRITA Takes Part in ITMA Asia + CITME

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel took part in the 3rd ITMA Asia + CITME from 12 to 16 June 2012. The exhibition this year occupied an area of 132,250 square metres, the largest size since its inception, which provided a good platform for us to introduce our advanced research deliverables to the machine manufacturers and users...

Six Project Deliverables Open for Licensing Applications

HKRITA’s six innovative technologies are now ready for licensing applications:

  • Automatic Tilting Device for Laser Finishing Machine can transfer graphics of the desired image, size, and intensity through a laser beam on to all kinds of textile surfaces with precision and without damaging the texture of the materials...

Outlook Modification of Textiles Using Lasers

In recent years, the trends of fashion and apparel focus on vintage looks. Thus, garment manufacturers have made textiles products which look worn-out and distressed. An example are the faded blue jeans which looked conspicuously poor; particularly those with torn legs and bare knees which have become very popular in a short time amongst young customers...

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.


Two new research projects have recently been approved with HK$5.9 million in funding support:

Enhanced Industrial Systems & Infrastructure
An Intelligent Condition-based Key Machinery Assets Maintenance Management Platform for the Textile Industry
Innovative Textile Materials: Harmless & Environmental-friendly Natural & Man-made Fibres with Multi-functionalities
Development of Disposable and Degradable Synthetic Fibres for Textile Industry by Chelating Dual/Multiple Metal Ions Masterbatch Technology

Welcome on Board

Mr Louis Soong, Project Officer of R&D Division, who has recently joined HKRITA noted that “HKRITA has left no stone unturned to foster research and development in the textiles and clothing industry”. He added that “being one of the centre members, it is an invaluable work experience”.


  Intelligent Impact Protective Fabric and Garments
26 Jun 2012

Dr Hu gives an account of the intelligent impact protective fabric made from three-dimensional spacer fabric and treated with an impact hardening polymer.

3-6 Jul 2012
12-16 Jun 2012
Visit to Knitwear Manufacturers in Cambodia
15-18 May 2012
Technology Seminar I, 2012
30 May 2012

27 Jul 2012

Technology Seminar II, 2012

Y302, Block Y, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

9 Aug 2012

Apparel Item Level Tagging (ILT) Forum

Room N201, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

9 - 11 Aug 2012

Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium

Shinshu University, 3-15-1, Tokida, Ueda City 386-8567, Japan

30 - 31 Aug 2012


Zhejiang World Trade International Exhibition Centre, Hangzhou, China

21 Aug - 20 Sep 2012

Module Certificate in Fashion Design Concept and Strategies

Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, NT, HK

6 Aug - 24 Sep 2012

Certificate Course on Lingerie Pattern Design

1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

1 Sep - 3 Nov 2012

Advanced Diploma of Plus-sized Fitting Technologist

1/F, HKPC Building, 78 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

4 - 11 Nov 2012

Overseas Training on Plus-sized Bra Design and Prototyping in United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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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