A Review of Research Development and Achievement in 2013

The accomplishment of 2013 showed the sustained efforts of HKRITA to increase the competitive edge of the textiles and clothing industry.

Knowledge Exchange

The Innovation and Technology Symposium, the bi-annual symposium served as a platform for industry exchange...

RITA Award - Recognition of Ideas and Achievement

RITA Award is set up to acknowledge the hard work and ideas of researchers, and their contributions to research development and technology advancement in the textiles and apparel industry. It incorporates three categories: Application Excellence which recognises useful and innovative projects that contributed high commercial value; Innovation which honours the project that benefits Hong Kong society and the industry... 
Seeks Business Opportunities and Collaborations in the Mainland

China plays a major role in the world apparel trade and has enjoyed a dominant position in textiles and clothing manufacturing for several years. Recently factors like the appreciation of the Chinese currency and rising labour costs have increased the pressure on Chinese manufacturers. Although China still has a thriving apparel manufacturing industry, it aims to move up the value chain by using better technology, incorporating greater skills and employing advanced equipment. That is why HKRITA has carried out its promotion work in the mainland...
Intelligent Impact Protectors based on 3D Auxetic Fabrics

Impact protectors are special materials for energy absorption and/or impact spreading which can be integrated or inserted into protective garments or equipment for protecting the human body from impact strokes, blows or falls. Different kinds of impact protectors have been widely used in sports such as motorcycling, cycling, horse riding, skiing, skating, skateboarding and snowboarding where participants may suffer from traumatic injuries, as well as contact sports such as rugby, hockey, basketball, football, handball and wrestling. Other applicable areas include martial arts, in medical devices...

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel commercialised four research deliverables for industry application in the last quarter of 2013:
  • RFID-based Apparel Management Expert System integrates the real time production data captured with existing RFID system and adopts artificial intelligence techniques to generate effective and efficient solutions for operator task allocation and production line balancing of apparel manufacturers.
  • Functional Elastic Tapes for Rehabilitation provides an easy peeling and easy to clean patterned viscoelastic tape which is reusable with a micro-nano structure surface...

Three new research projects have recently been approved with HK$8 million in funding support:

Enhanced Industrial Systems & Infrastructure

Customer-Oriented "Right-First-Time" Product Development Model of Intimate Apparel

Development of Enterprise Sustainability on Cloud Application in Fashion Retail

Intelligent Decision Support Platform for a Digital Economy: A Novel Approach to Support Sales Strategy in Textile and Apparel Industry
  InnoCarnival 2013
2 - 10 Nov 2013 
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel introduced its cutting-edge innovations to the public through a number of interactive presentations in the InnoCarnival. These displays showcased the advancement and practicality of the developed technologies, including a device to measure the subjective feeling of fabric touch...
5 - 7 Dec 2013
5 Dec 2013
16 - 21 Nov 2013
7 Nov 2013
  Briefing to Members of the Panel on Commerce and Industry, LEGCO
12 Dec 2013
HKRITA gave a briefing on its technological development to the members of the Panel on Commerce and Industry, Legislative Council in the Hong Kong Science Park on 12 December 2013. Highlights of the presentation included advanced industry technologies such as Fabric Touch Tester.....

16 - 22 Mar 2014 United Kingdom
19 - 21 Mar 2014 Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
20 Mar 2014 Seminar Room, Hall 1D, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
31 Mar 2014 Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1 - 4 Apr 2014 GD Modern International Exhibition Center, Junction of 107 National Road (S256 Road) and Furniture Road, Houjie, Dongguan, Guangdong, China

(from left: Kenny and Ling)
Welcome on Board

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members.

Ms Ling Lee, Project Officer, treasures the opportunity to work in HKRITA and says "this job can enrich my knowledge of innovative technology. I am excited to meet with the new challenges ahead and hope to contribute my experience in textile merchandising to the centre."

Working as Administrative Assistant in HKRITA is the first job to Mr Kenny Hui after his tertiary graduation. Sharing his thoughts with us, Kenny says that "it is my honour to be a part of the HKRITA family. I will try my best to learn from and support my colleagues. My personality matches the requirements of this job, and I'm sure that I shall enjoy working in HKRITA".

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