New global standard USTER® Statistics 2013 edition appears at the end of 2012
The 2013 edition of the USTER® Statistics as a global standard will be available towards the end of 2012. These statistics were initiated 55 years ago and are published by Swiss Uster Group (manufacturer of high technology instruments manufacturer for quality measurement and certification for the global textile industries), now owned by Japanese Toyoda Industries. Uster operates technological centres in Switzerland, USA and China, and disposes of a worldwide sales and service organisation
The forthcoming edition will focus on its benefits as a vital success factor for textile firms, providing a common language to define precise quality factors along the entire production chain. Yarn producers, buyers, retailers and manufacturers of textile machinery do rely on these statistics and weigh them as a basis for quality benchmarking and trading as well as a basis for industry wide quality improvement. Spinners trust that these statistics lead to enhance competitiveness, cost optimized quality discipline and avoid expensive claims and rejects.
Nowadays competitive global world requests that yarn producers have to benchmark their own product quality against those of other mills and USTER® Statistics do allow this with objectively defined and comparative characteristics, supported by measurement parameters, methods and instruments capable of measuring these factors accurately and reproducible. Yarn producers, weavers and knitters use the statistics to compare materials from different suppliers to optimise their yarn sources to manage quality and costs.
The statistics are available on a CD or online and spinning mills can compare the in-house performance against global best practice. The user can identify performance gaps and pinpoint key indicators for optimisation of the production process. The statistics also define yarns objectively, and supported by real parameters and USTER® equipment is provable and guaranteed, thanks to the direct comparison with USTER® Statistics. The data compiled allows the mill to have a detailed quality description in case of claims and the application of USTER® statistics has also a marketing function allowing a favourable differentiation against a competitor’s product not making use of the established standard. It has to be remembered that yarn and fabric are often spot-market internet purchases and the quality cannot be evaluated by touch or assured by a personal relationship between supplier and customer. Missing specifications based upon objective values lead to a serious deterioration in the quality of garments or other textile products that is why also leading retailers insist on clear specifications for yarns and fabrics and USTER® Statistics offer the references.
The new edition of the updated statistics is featuring new classification standards such as outliers classified by the recently introduced USTER® CLASSIMAT 5. It will be an essential tool comparing key parameters along the entire value chain, from raw fibre through sliver and roving to the final yarn and beyond, all with the aim to assist the industries to obtain top quality products of reference.