2 of 2020



Newsletter No. 2                                                                                                 31 January 2020

Look out for your 2020 Sourcing Directory link on next weeks (7th February) Newsletter.

It will be available on every subsequent Newsletter, through February 2021.

We were hoping to have it up this week, but due to early teething problems and a few late listing submissions, it has been slightly delayed.


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Associated Spinners (PTY) Ltd.


In early 1985, Aranda Textile Mills (PTY) ltd. (est.1953)( www.aranda.co.za ) established in the then decentralized model industrial estate of Isithebe on the North coast of KZN, a production facility to supplement a growing demand for yarns, using a new spinning technology for their core product of blanket manufacturing.

Through the years that followed the company grew this technology and capacity, and then ultimately became known as Associated Spinners (PTY) ltd. This facility now had spinning, twisting and dyeing capacity to meet our internal growing demand.

The group quickly became the biggest fully vertical blanket manufacturer in South Africa making the ARANDA brand a household name in both the traditional and fashion blanket sector.

Through the years, the company has embraced the most modern spinning/weaving and dyeing technology, very often world firsts, in order to remain competitive without ever losing sight of our customers and their evolving tastes.

The Aranda group had its own patented traditional Basotho design blankets feature prominently in the recent Marvel film and sequel of “The Black Panther.”

More recently Associated Spinners in Isithebe saw the need of expanding the yarn dyeing facility which was starting to become more important in order that we maintain a competitive turnaround time,following not only our traditional market but the fashion and home décor sector.

Our new brand “Haven &Earth” (www.havenandearth.co.za)  saw rapid growth but required quicker design to delivery time, particularly for the export market in Europe.

Decisions were made regarding a substantial investment in the most modern yarn dyeing technology that would guarantee our goals of energy efficiency, green technology and environmental impact.

We sought the best equipment available in Europe that met these requirements, and by 2019 we had established a facility that was consistent with our expectations, met or even exceeded our stringent requirements.

Today we believe, we have the only yarn dyeing facility in the country that has technology using a 1:4 liquor ratio industry in our equipment, thereby using less water, chemicals, electrical energy and steam for every kg of yarn produced. (1:10 is current industry norm,10 litres water/1 kg yarn dyed) (www.lorisbellini.com)

We are affiliated to the ZDHC program,(www.roadmaptozero.com) regarding zero hazardous chemicals, we are approved suppliers to companies in Europe that prescribe to this growing movement and our staff is continuously trained on these developments.

Today our facilities allow, for what hereto was only for our own requirements, a certain amount of spare capacity for companies seeking dyeing facilities that are efficient, accurate in colour matching and versatility right here locally.

Our expertise in dyeing Acrylic is unmatched, we are proficient in cotton/cotton blend dyeing and polyester. We have a capable team that would gladly broaden our program with local players.

We also in addition remain spinners of Open-end yarns for niche applications.

Our technical and sales staff welcomes enquiries in our production programme.

Contact Details:    Sapna Maharaj (Sales)    Tel: 032 459 5220   Email: smaharaj@arandakzn.co.za

Company Address:  28 Red Street,   Isithebe, Mandeni  4490


National Cotton Association of Nigeria partners with CBN

The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) will partner with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to accelerate government efforts in resuscitating the cotton, textile and garment (CTG) sector, according to its national president Anibe Achimugu, who recently said the association will ensure farmers are trained about climate change and adoption of new varieties.

The association’s plan is also to ensure that its extension service system is effective enough to support the farmers at any point in time, Nigerian media reports quoted Achimugiu as saying.

He said the association would encourage women and the youth to opt fo cotton farming to raise their capacity base from the current 151,000 cotton farmers to 300,000 without compromising on quality.

The association will also introduce the cotton harvest bag, which will reduce polypropylene contamination, he said.

He commended the recently-introduced BG 2567 and BG 25271 cotton varieties by the government. F2F

Did you know……..

1939 Fashion: What did people wear?

In the summer, bare midriffs, flat sports sandals, Indian moccasins and Carmen Miranda turbans are seen everywhere.

Some winter dresses dresses have fitted bodices for Mainbocher’s new corset, which, laced up the back, creates waves across the fashion industry.

From Europe, come “black out” fashions which include tailored suits, white hats, flashlights and boxes for gas masks. Pinguet re-inspires the square shoulder, which stayed in some level of popularity for almost another decade


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