Founded by John Sheils over 40 years ago, Pine Crest Fabrics has been at the forefront of material innovation for decades and stayed true to their roots, with John's son Tim, being the current president. The family business provides quality wholesale stretch fabrics, from compression fabric to sustainable materials. Pine Crest Fabrics is driven to help the industry grow for the future and show how by leveraging digital technologies, suppliers can better connect to their existing and potential customers.
The footwear and apparel industry needs to reduce human rights risks in the supply chain, ensure health and safety for workers and products, and lessen environmental impacts all along the value chain. After decades of NGO name-shaming campaigns calling out the ills of the industry, is transparency the elixir customers and shareholders have been waiting for? This was the topic of Material Exchange’s first webinar of the year, held January 22, 2021.
Industry stakeholders will discuss what transparency really means, why it is so important and what we can do to improve in 2021.
Transparency in footwear and apparel is an evolving trend with new concepts, global concerns and an increase in emerging threats to the environment – all are reshaping the planet as we know it and influencing the way we operate. Many companies now understand they need to focus on ways to function in a more transparent manner. We will discuss the latest trends and tools, as well as gain an insight into what companies are doing to improve transparency and what it means for fashion for the future.
Watch the recording on-demand, click here.
A Swedish fashion tech company, Material Exchange - the world’s most comprehensive digital material management solution - today announced the closing of a €5m funding round to accelerate its growth plans. Material Exchange is one of the few lucky start-ups that has benefited from the “new normal” caused by the pandemic.
Jun Wang Industrial was established in 2000 and is a leading material supplier specialising in animal patterns and grained materials for the footwear industry, specifically oil, metallic and high shine materials. Over a 20 year period of producing some of the finest quality materials, Jun Wang has established relationships with some of the biggest names in footwear and supplies leading brands and retailers including: Caleres, White Mountain, FUI, ESO, Topline, Walmart, Target and Li & Fung to name a few. Jun Wang has now transitioned into a new digital way of collaborating to better connect to their customers and further support their vision of sustainability within footwear.
In June this year, Material Exchange took part in the 2020 International E-commerce Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition...
Aaron Pacific Limited (APL) is a global leather supplier who is world renowned among international fashion brands for their superior leather products. APL was founded in 2007 with the vision of providing high-quality products to brands seeking sustainable leather materials. APL is headquartered in Hong Kong, with an additional sales office and tannery in China, and two further tanneries in Bangladesh (SAF Industries) and India (AP Exports). APL has proved that through adopting digital technologies to better connect to their customers, they can ensure they are in a strong position to react to market uncertainties.
South Summit is the leading innovation platform which connects the most disruptive start-ups with worldwide investors and corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation.
Sweden, October 08, 2020. Material Exchange Ventures AB, a Stockholm based start-up and provider of the Material Exchange – the world’s leading digital material platform - is proud to announce a new partnership with Eurofins Softlines & Leather to streamline material compliance and create much needed transparency within fashion supply chains.
Sweden, September 15, 2020. Material Exchange Ventures AB, a Stockholm based start-up and provider of the Material Exchange – the world’s leading digital material platform - is proud to be working in association with HuginBiz and Tex! By MarketPlace Borås to take the NEXT TEXTILE Event digital, to improve sustainability within fashion.
Material Exchange was recently selected as one of the 100 finalists for the South Summit Start-up Competition, out of a total 3,700 start-up entries!
New agreement with Material Exchange provides new services for denim mills to showcase their textiles to denim brands and retailers year-round in a digital format.
THE MOST IMPORTANT DIGITAL MATERIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!
The Digital Material Show will feature three days of Live Webinars, Panel Discussions and Networking sessions, all supported by the 3rd part platform, Run The World.
Tiong Liong Industrial Co. Ltd., (Tiong Liong) subsidiary of Nam Liong Group, was founded in 1979. Starting from a small-scale lamination factory it gradually grew up to an organized corporation with diverse businesses, such as, textile weaving, dyeing, hi-tech coating and laminating.
Matmarket is an international material and component supplier dedicated to innovative material solutions for apparel and footwear brands. Matmarket offers a fully integrated material supply chain that includes design, research and development, marketing support and manufacturing expertise.
HongYang Textile Co. Ltd was founded in 2007 and is one of China’s leading textile suppliers for the footwear, apparel and luggage industries. HongYang is involved in the Research & Development, Production and Supply of textiles with a focus on sustainability
Sweden - May 28, 2020. American Events in Portland, OR, USA — founders of The Materials Show, have partnered with Material Exchange Ventures AB, a Stockholm-based Fashion Technology Company and provider of the Material Exchange, to bring an innovative new digital show to footwear and apparel.
2019 saw the formation of a partnership between Material Exchange and Zilingo with a shared goal to create transformational change within the industry and promote new levels of much needed sustainability and transparency within fashion supply chains.
Italeather has been at the forefront of innovation within the leather industry for many years. The company aims to create a more sustainable leather industry through the incorporation of metal free tanning solutions. Italeather has a global network of partners including, H&M, Reformation and Jack Rogers and are well recognised within Chinese markets for their approach to sustainability.
We are delighted to announce Outsole material type is now available within the Material Exchange platform.
The new Community will operate as a forum based application whereby brands, material suppliers, manufactures and industry experts can post and comment on all things industry related.
Sweden- April 8, 2020. Material Exchange Ventures AB; is proud to be part of and assist in the development of the Best Practices Guideline for Exchanging Raw Material Attributes created by members of the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative.
Dear friends, Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we felt it necessary to reflect on the situation and help those affected. Firstly, we would like to point out our priority is the health and well-being of our employees, families, customers, partners and friends in the industry. Our thoughts are with those affected by the current situation and we are here to help those in need, in any way we can.
An extract from an article written by LTP Group. On how Material Exchange reduces the dependency on physical material samples, while adding authenticity to 3D designs and product presentations.
We have spoken to many brands over the last week on workflows - as designers and development teams go remote. The use of outlook, jpgs and excel are functional but it isn’t helping fully sync workflows together in harmony. These tools are functional but not as efficient as they were in an office setting.
Software v.3.0.0. is now LIVE!
Material Exchange is delighted to announce a new and exciting feature that will further aid product creation and development.
At Material Exchange we are constantly updating our platform to deliver a more user friendly experience for our customers. We have recently performed a series of system upgrades. V.2.6.0 and V.2.7.0 are now live!
Sweden, February 18, 2020. Material Exchange Ventures AB, a Stockholm based startup and provider of Material Exchange, are delighted to be announced as Innovation Partners of United States Fashion Industry Association, (USFIA) for 2020.
Sweden, February 10, 2020. Material Exchange Ventures AB, a Stockholm based startup and provider of the Material Exchange - a SaaS-based digital platform that enables footwear and apparel brands to digitize their material supply chains, concluded the 2019 calendar year as its most successful year yet and began 2020 with a brand new product!
Material Exchange are delighted to announce the launch of the new Digital Profile. The profile will be the first step in collaboration for both brands and suppliers.
Darren Glenister is the founder and CEO of Material Exchange, Darren has worked within the technology and fashion industries for over 20 years, for such names as PTC and Plugin 76. He is a digital transformation expert and pioneer in digitalization and supply chain innovation, the driving force behind the success of Material Exchange. In this section we will find out his thoughts on the expansion into China and what to expect from Material Exchange in the coming year.
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our brand new office in Dongguan City, Guangdong, China.
The Leather Working Group is the online resource for all stakeholders in the leather industry including brands, manufacturers, suppliers, NGOs and end users.
Material Exchange Ventures AB raises $2M in funding from Inventure to continue its growth in digitalizing the transparency and sustainability of global fashion supply chains
Material Exchange are to play a key role in AMG’s digital transformation strategy. AMG Asia Selects PTC FlexPLM to Drive Digital Transformation Initiatives & Deliver Greater Customer Value
The Digital Revolution and Material Exchange
Material Exchange is pleased to announce a memorandum of understanding with Zilingo PTE. Through ZAM (Zilingo Asia Mall) Material Exchange will offer its growing list of material suppliers access to Zilingo’s manufacturing network across South East Asia. Material Exchange will also give Zilingo’s material suppliers a new channel to reach brands that we work with.
Read more about Zilingo’s success as an e-commerce startup, click here.
What is Shoe Sustainability?
FDRA defines shoe sustainability as shoe design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and selling processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities and consumers, and are economically sound.
The WhichPLM Buyers Guide has just been released. If you are interested in digital Materials and all aspects of PLM it makes a great read. Here is a snippet from the Materials section: “Distinct from the materials management and sourcing modules of PLM solutions (which operate on the assumption that brands are working with a small number of curated suppliers) we have now begun to see the emergence of dedicated, solution-agnostic material platforms that serve as a channel between a much broader range of material suppliers and their potential brand and retail customers.”
Transform your Design and PD programs, cut costs and wasted time, with Material Exchange. ME is an online database which allows designers, materials teams, product developers and material vendors to collaborate, filter and organize the raw materials for their collections all within a secure environment.