CEO welcome Mr. Tsang
Our CEO, Mr Haider Barma welcomes the Financial Secretary, Mr John Tsang to HKRITA booth
The Innovation Expo showcasing the latest achievements of Hong Kong in innovation, technology and design successfully ran from 14 - 18 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Expo was officially opened by the Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang . Together with Mr Tsang, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Frederick Ma, Acting Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Mr Alan Siu, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Mr Anthony Wong, and Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Dr Rosanna Wong also officiated at the opening ceremony.

New R&D projects

Three new platform research projects have just been approved, after meticulous vetting, by our Technology Committee.

Advanced Textiles and Production Technologies


Development of an Integrated Solution for Minimizing Pilling Problem of Cashmere Knitwear

Innovative Design and Evaluation Technologies


Fabric Sensors for Three Dimensional Surface Pressure Mapping 

Enhanced Industrial Systems and Infrastructure


Development of a Problem Solving Model for the Hong Kong textiles and Clothing Industries

Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme 2007 R&D Project Applications for Textiles & Apparel

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is now inviting proposals for the following technology themes under the Guangdong-Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS) 2007:

Specific Topics

(i) Harmless & Environment-friendly Natural & Man-made Fibres with Multi-functionalities
(ii) Interactive Intelligent Textile Material
(i) Innovative Textiles and Clothing Production System to Save Energy/Fuel Consumption
(ii) Environmental-friendly Textile Dyestuff and Chemical
(iii) Quick Testing Technology for Toxic and Harmful Textiles and Clothing Products

The deadline for application is on 22 October 2007, 5:00 PM (Hong Kong Time), please visit our website for more details.

Plasma treatment technology for textiles industry

Since the introduction of plasma technology in the 1960s, the industrial applications of low-pressure and low-temperature plasma were mainly in microelectronic etching.  In the 1980s, plasma technology also applied to other material surface treatment, especially in metals and chemical polymers. Due to high restriction in the control of chemical finishing on textile materials, the new and innovative textile treatments are demanded. In this regard, plasma technology shows distinct merits due to its environmental friendly and better treatment results.  Presently, research institutions are applying plasma technology in textile processing......

Work Integrated Education” Programme
In pursuit of becoming a centre of excellence in research, development and technology transfer in fashion and textile technologies, HKRITA understands the importance for the industry to cultivate potential talent for its development in the future. We have, therefore, joined the “Work Integrated Education” Programme of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) since July 2006 to provide internship training for students.

Last year, two students from the Institute of Textile Clothing and Department of Computing completed the programme at HKRITA and two others have joined the HKRITA family this semester. We hope that the work-based learning experience can help students develop some basic skills that will enhanced their knowledge in the fashion and textiles technologies and benefit the development of their profession in the future.

Monique, a student intern who successfully completed the programme this year in HKRITA has the following comments, “Work-Integrated Education Programme is a compulsory training course for every PolyU student. To complete this programme, I joined HKRITA as an intern in February 2007. I got the opportunity to participate in various research and development (R&D) and marketing activities, such as the Technology Symposium for Textile and Apparel and the Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2008.

The experience advanced my knowledge in textiles technology and improved my communication and problem-solving skills. To me, it is a valuable experience to work in HKRITA. With the skills acquired, I become more confident and competent now.”
New Staff Appointment
Two new members joined HKRITA in August and September 2007 respectively. They are Ms Carman Lai, Project Officer, and Ms Cherry Lee, Project Secretary. Welcome!

Carman, “I'm glad to take up this challenging work because I will have the opportunity to work with experts in the field of textiles and clothing around the world.”

Cherry, “I’m happy to join HKRITA! The job provides me the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding about the textiles and clothing industry. Being the team secretary, I’ll try my best to enhance a smooth operation and help to build a good team spirit in R&D team”


  ITMA -International Exhibition of Textile Machinery 2007
13-20 Sep 2007

The 15th International Exhibition of Textile Machinery (ITMA) was held in the New Munich Trade Fair Centre at Germany from 13 to 20 September. It attracted 118,000 trade visitors from 149 countries, 45 percent of the visitors came along to the event for the first time. It was the first time the exhibition had visitors from so many different countries.

This year, HKRITA with the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, jointly exhibited in the ‘Research & Education Area’ in ITMA......

Innovation Festival 2007 & Innovation Expo 2007
14-19 Sep 2007
Media Workshop: Achievements in Innovation, Technology and Design
4 Sep 2007
Fashion Merchandising Training
23-24 Aug 2007
Luncheon Talk of HKIAIA
6 Aug 2007
Seminar: Smart Bra for Early Cancer Detection & Introduction to New Technical Textiles
13 Jul 2007
Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2008
10-13 Jul 2007
Press Conference of The Sixth China (Dalang) International Woolen Knitwear Fair
11 Jul 2007
Shaoxing, Hong Kong & Taiwan Cooperation Week
27 Jun 2007
HKTDC's Garment Advisory Committee Meeting
26 Jun 2007

  Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (Communications and Technology Branch) visited HKRITA
23 Aug 2007

Delegation visit from China National Textile & Apparel Council
30 Aug 2007
Guest visit from Whirlpool Corporation visited HKRITA
01 Aug 2007
Delegation visit from Dongguan City Sci-Tech Bureau
31 Jul 2007
Delegation visit from China Textile Academy
15 Jun 2007
Modern Testing Services (Global) Ltd. visit HKRITA
14 Jun 2007
Delegation visit from Guangzhou Institutes
08 Jun 2007
Delegation visit from Zhejiang, China
05 Jun 2007

12-17 Oct 2007 China Hi-Tech Fair 2007 Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre
18-22 Oct 2007 The 6th China (Dalang) International Woolen Knitwear Fair Dalang Woolen Trade Center, Dongguan City, China
30 Oct 2007

Seminar: ITMA Review 2007

M1603, Li Ka Shing Tower, PolyU
20-21 Nov 2007

2007 International Textile Conference on New Technologies and Applications of Knitting

Shenzhen, China
12-14 Dec 2007

Innovation Design Tech Expo

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

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