2023 / 01 / 12
Happy Chinese New Year 2023
Due to Chinese New Year holiday 2023, Our office will be closed from 20th- 29th Jan; Our factories will closed from 13th Jan – 6th Feb.
2023 / 01 / 11
The State of Fashion 2023: Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty
Looking forward to 2023, the annual fashion survey launched by McKinsey and The Business of Fashion shows that 85% of fashion executives predict that inflation will continue to challenge the market next year. Meanwhile, geopolitical tensions, particularly the war in Ukraine, have disrupted supply chains and caused 58% of executives to believe the energy crisis will cripple the fashion market. In an already fragile world economy amid high inflationary pressures, heightened geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, and declining consumer confidence in anticipation of an economic downturn, global GDP growth is projected to grow in 2023 as many countries face the threat of recession will drop to around 2.5%. In the United States and Europe, the effects of inflation are already being felt in the fashion industry. Compared with March-June 2022, the prices of clothing sold online in the US, UK, France, Italy, and Spain will increase by 22% from July-October 2022. And price increases are expected to continue until 2023 as brands pass the increased costs on to customers. Although there are still many variables in the global economy, Hwa Fune still insists on quality and continues to develop new products. We hope that the new 2023 would continue to serve you all. Information source: https://www.businessoffashion.com/reports/news-analysis/the-state-of-fashion-2023-industry-report-bof-mckinsey/
2022 / 12 / 20
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Time is coming to the end of the year soon. Hope you get something out of this tumultuous year. Hwa Fune has tried many new things this year, such as Porlite launching videos and interview articles. We hope that through these media, everyone can understand Porlite easily. Click here to see the video We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for working with us during 2022. We wish you season’s greetings and a happy, prosperous New Year. HWA FUNE INDUSTRY CO., LTD 2022.12
2022 / 12 / 07
The PANTONE Color of the Year 2023.
PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta is the color of the year 2023. Vibrating with vim and vigor, a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family demonstrating a new signal of strength.Tapping into the experimental spirit of Viva Magenta, Pantone explores the dynamic between Artificial Intelligence and human creativity to create “The Magentaverse” available to the public for the first time. A nuanced crimson red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta is also a hybrid color, one that comfortably straddles the physical and virtual, evocative of our multi-dimensional world. Visit PANTON Website learn more about PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta. Hwa Fune is very happy that the PANTON color of 2023 is reddish. The LOGO of Hwa Fune is also mainly red, which represents our enthusiasm for functionalfabrics and pride in our products.We want to keep showing our sincerity to our partners next year in 2023.
2022 / 10 / 21
Hwa Fune Cooperation with Taipei Fashion Week
Recycled fabric for reuse Thanks to VOGUE for the invitation, to make Hwa Fune recycled fabrics a new life. Taipei Fashion Week 2022 x VOGUE Fashion's Night Out presents Recycled Commemorative tote bags as guest giveaways. The tote bags' fabric is waste reuse fabric provided by Hwa Fune. The bag body is made of 15 PP drink cups, to implement the re-creation after recycling and sorting, which is the invisible force that drives the perpetual cycle. We are happy to take this opportunity to participate in Taipei Fashion Week 2022 and do something for sustainable fashion. Related Links Taipe Fashion Week 2022 website Taipei Fashion Week 2022 x VOGUE Fashion's Night Out 15 PP drink cups bag body #fashion #recycling #sustainablefashion #hwafunefabric #totebag #TaipeiFashionWeek2022
2022 / 10 / 06
Hwa Fune will participate in ISPO Munich 2022.
We are happy to announce: Hwa Fune will participate in ISPO Munich 2022. It has been a while since we last met you all. Since 2020, the pandemic has cast a shadow over all activities. Only a few exhibitions were held, yet, people were also afraid to attend. Hwa Fune has the same concern and was unable to travel for almost 2 years. During these 2 years, we are grateful to all our partners. Without your support, you will not see the Hwa Fune today. During this time, we have taken the opportunity to innovate interesting fabrics and made breakthrough innovations. In 2021, we launched Porlite®, a sustainable fabric with non-toxic materials and low carbon emission processes. We could like to invite you to see it in person. We will be at our booth C2-515. Get ready and book time with us to discuss this amazing fabric.
2022 / 09 / 19
Achievable recycled cycle in Textile
With the advancement of science and technology, textile materials are constantly updated. Even the recycled materials that everyone expects have made a breakthrough. Textile recycling is the process of recovering fiber, yarn, or fabric and reprocessing the textile material into valuable products. If the processed fabric is made of one single material, it can be recycled completely! It may be great for fabric and membrane both made of poly(Poly yarn and Eco poly membrane). After various tests, we found that the poly material not only can be recycled but also has good performance. This is an environmentally-friendly initiative for processing fabrics, making clothing production and recycling a closed cycle. In Hwa Fune, you can know the detailed differences and performance. Follow us to learn more. W-4982-T30I100% Polyester Recycle RibstopF.C.DWR 10/70-80%Eco Poly Membrane WP/MVP:10K/10K3L:W-4899 Polyester Jerseyweight: 140GSM±5% The whole fabric is made of Polyester.The perfect hand feel can make acomfortable and sustainable jacket.
2022 / 08 / 17
Beware & Be Careful - Forever Chemicals
PFAS is a toxic substance that can cause endocrine abnormality in the human body and even cause cancer. It is easy to spread but hard to decompose. As it accumulates within our organs, people have started to recognize the potential danger it has caused. Surprisingly and..maybe not so surprise!! Did you know PFAS are often found in textiles and even children's products? Nearly 60% of children’s textiles labeled “waterproof”, “stain-resistant”, or “environmentally friendly” that were tested as part of a new study contained toxic PFAS substances known as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment. PFAS in clothing can get into the body via several routes. The chemicals are volatile, meaning they can break out from the products they are applied with, then move through the air and inhaled by animals and human. Furthermore, the chemical and be absorbed by our skin, making us no where to hide. To avoid PFAS, we introduce Porlite®. A completely fluorine-free fabric from early production to DWR and after customer consumption. It is safe whether wearing or washing. Porlite® cares about people's health and the heath of this planet. Check the information below, or contact us directly to find out more about saving you, me and the planet. Information source: ‘Forever chemicals’ found in nearly 60% of children’s ‘waterproof’ or ‘stain-resistant’ textiles
2022 / 07 / 01
HWAFUNE Breaks Through Textile Difficulties with Porlite by Creating New Trends in Functional Fabrics
Yahoo!FinanceMon, June 27, 2022 at 8:41 PM TAIPEI, Taiwan,June 27, 2022/PRNewswire/ -- When mentioningTaiwan'straditional manufacturing, what pops into your head may be the textile industry. As a global hub for textile manufacturing,Taiwanhas undergone significant changes over the past 30 years. Two of the most important changes are the relocation of industries toChinaand the government's New Southbound Policy. Figure 1.HWAFUNE Chairman Jackson Chang announces Porlite in the interview While Taiwanese textile manufacturers' decision torelocate is mainly driven by the need to reduce costs using cheap overseas labor, the rising labor costs inSoutheast Asia have forced the manufacturers to constantly move their production to other regions, turning them into textile industry nomads. Despite these two relocation trends, HWAFUNE Textile which specializes in manufacturing functional fabrics has insisted on keeping production inTaiwanto provide reliable, high-quality products for esteemed customers. Instead of blindly pursing low costs and low prices through contract manufacturing and ending up in the red ocean, HWAFUNE Textile has strengthenedthe foothold of the Taiwanese textile industry in the global luxury market. One of the hot topics in the functionalapparelmarketin recent years is the European Union's ban on fabricscontaining PTFE. Currently, membranes made of PU, TPU, and PTFE account for the majority of functional apparels. With superior moisture permeability and breathability, PTFE has been adopted more widely than the other two materials. However, when heated tohigh temperatures during the manufacturing process, PTFE will generate PFOA which is classifiedas a possiblehuman carcinogen. In addition, greenhouse gas is produced when fabrics containing this material are incinerated. Even if the fabrics are buriedinlandfills, PFOA will not decompose and will be washed into the ocean by rain. It then gets into the atmosphere via evaporation and is transported to everywhere by airflow or rain. PFOA has even been found in polar bears' livers. Considering the potential impact of the EU's ban on the clothing market and consumers' fear of toxic substances, upmarket brands have been looking for alternative functional fabrics. Therefore, HWAFUNE has joined hands with Phoenix Innovative Materials to develop the functional fabric brand Porlite, which has rapidly won the heart of high-end functional apparel brands. In Light of Future Trends, HWAFUNE Develops Porlite Fabrics with Phoenix Innovative Materials HWAFUNE ChairmanJackson Changsays he started to take interest in PP membranes five years ago. Although HWAFUNE has the ability to mass produce fabrics featuring PTFE, PU, andTPUmembranes, he believes PP membranes will become a trend in the functional apparel industry since the lifecycle of the material, from the production of the membrane and the manufacturing of the fabrics to the disposal of the clothing, is more in line with increased environmental awareness. Turning the ambitious vision into reality is not easy. In the past three years, these two companies worked closely on the manufacturing, testing, and modification of the membrane. Besides functionality, HWAFUNE also consideredthe needsofconsumers during testing, such as waterproof, moisture permeability, and even the appearances of the fabrics after washing. The reason that Chairman Chang is so committed is because he has put himself in consumers'shoesin the first place. He thinks environmental protection, safety, non-toxicity, and practicability should be combined perfectly. Product developers should not need to choose between them, nor should they force consumers to compromise on environmental protection, price, or quality. Dr. Chang, who is responsible for technology development at Phoenix Innovative Materials, explains the three major advantages of Porlite which is produced through non-toxic manufacturing processes inTaiwan. Firstly, there are 10 billion pores arranged in an orderly manner on the membrane. As the pores are smaller than water molecules and bigger than airmolecules, the fabric can resist water penetration, even under pressure, while maintaining breathability. Moreover, since most outdoor exercises are relatively intense and will create a lot of sweat during the process, Porlite can also transport moisture from the clothing to the atmosphere by diffusion through the membrane, thus providing moisture permeability and breathability that no other functional apparel on market can achieve. Porlite Captures Top Brands' Heart with Non-Toxic Manufacturing, Sustainability, Fastness to Washing, and Moisture Permeability In line with the HWAFUNE's commitment to sustainability, the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) for Porlite can endure at least 30 laundering cycles and rain-resistant for period of time, thus providing a longer life span. "I can guarantee that Porlite is capable of replacing existing functional fabrics and can fully address high-end brands' product development requirements," says Chairman Chang who sounds gratified and proud when talking about the product that took him five years to develop. Manufacturing inTaiwanis one of the main reasons that Porlite has won favor withEurope-based tier-one sportswear brands. The high quality enables Porlite to stand out from other competitors and meet customers' needs for upscale and reliable products. Both the PP membrane developed by Phoenix Innovative Materials and the Porlite fabric created by HWAFUNE are manufactured inTaiwan. Thanks to their insistence on domestic production, the companies have established a high-tech brand image for Taiwanese textile companies widely recognized by overseas esteemed customers. These are valuable experiences for both Phoenix Innovative Materials and HWAFUNE. Instead of pursuing short-term profits through contract manufacturing services, Chairman Chang and Dr. Chang spent five years developing the Porlite fabric whose overwhelming advantagesfor environmental protection and functionality have spoken for itself. The goal is to establish bio-based manufacturing processes by using natural materials such as weeds as raw materials and to provide biodegradable products in 10 years. Figure 2. HWAFUNE Chairman Jackson Chang says sustainability is a state where everything can eventually return to the earth without any burden SOURCE HWAFUNE Textile Cited from Yahoo! Finance:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hwafune-breaks-textile-difficulties-porlite-124100459.html
2022 / 06 / 21
New Video Release for Porlite_HWAFUNE Newsletter no.18
New video release for Porlite~ What is the image of Porlite? We believe it is when Porlite is within nature.To present the imagery, the video has chosen to take place within a mountain, where people can enjoy various activities in nature, realizing our slogan – Stand With Nature. When wearing Porlite, you can enjoy aerobic exercises like biking and jogging where at the same time you feel heat escape smoothly during activities. In the mountains, there are diverse terrain types and changeable weather. Heavy fog or temporary heavy rain is quite common. Wearing a Porlite jacket, you can not only adapt to such weather but also very light and comfortable. The inside of the jacket no longer feels stuffy, and the outside also resists water. You can stay close to nature with comfort.
2022 / 05 / 03
Waterproof? Water Repellent? Or Water Resistant?_HWAFUNE Newsletter no.17
Have you ever experienced purchasing a so-called waterproof jacket, but got all wet after heavy rain? Then you started to wonder: shouldn’t it be waterproof? Well, that is because even for waterproof, there are different levels. Below we will introduce 3 levels and why are they different. Water Resistant This is the lowest level for waterproofing. When we discuss water resistance on a jacket, it simply means that the density of the fabric is high. Water needs time to pass through the fabric, therefore it create the feeling of being water resistant. Water Repellent The second level for waterproofing. It means that the moisture will not penetrate the fabric so easily. The durable water repellent (DWR) treatment uses an agent on the surface of the fabric to keep the garment dry. Whether the fabrics are waterproof or not, DWR can be used to keep clothes from getting wet for a distance of time. Waterproof Waterproof is the reliable, guaranteed, top-of-the-line protection so you won't get wet in a storm, a shower, or a sudden torrential downpour on a sunny day. No matter if it’s a porous or non-porous membrane, no water can pass through, to achieve the highest level of waterproof function. Now you know the differences. It is easier to explain your needs to suppliers or local stores. Just remember to choose the functional clothing that meets your need and enjoy it. You can also contact Hwa Fune to know more.
2022 / 04 / 19
Three Reasons why Sustainability is an Irreversible Trend.
Sustainability is not mentioned only on Earth Day. In the textile industry, it is an issue that has been discussed for over decades. In the past, consumers' requirements for functional gears were high performance and low price, but now it has become high performance and sustainability. There are a few reasons for such a shift: 1. The rising awareness of consumers: due to the disasters and epidemics, consumers started to pay attention to sustainability issues. 2. Sustainability becomes a quantifiable indicator: There are many environmental protection certifications and carbon footprint calculations, making sustainability a concrete and scientific matter. The Eco-friendly standard is no longer decided by suppliers. 3. Information transparency: Consumers are accustomed to searching through the Internet before purchasing. Public information allows consumers to judge whether a product is sustainable or not. Sustainable clothing is an irreversible trend, and all textile industries are researching new sustainable products. Advanced research and development represent new hope for the earth. If you are looking for sustainable products for functional fabrics, contact us to learn more about what Porlite means to sustainability.
2022 / 04 / 06
The Earth Day 2022_HWAFUNE Newsletter no.16
The Earth Day 2022 Earth Day is an important day in April with special significance for international brands and the textile industry. Businesses must consider the sustainability of their operations and the planet, and the key is to reduce the use of fossil fuels. On Earth Day, we are reminded of environmental protection and how the textile industry can contribute more to this global issue. For many years, the textile industry has been working on reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. Recycled fiber(post/production-recycled) has gradually appeared as early as 20 years ago. Later, bio fiber, which uses biogas and bio-oil gradually become popular. In addition to reducing fuel consumption, we must also be concerned about the chemicals that we use in the textile industry.Porlite®, a new functional fabric developed by Hwa Fune, does not use chemicals in its film production and does not produce any PFCs. The completely non-toxic properties are based on the original intention of protecting the earth. We thank all cooperated partners because when you choose the recycle or biomaterial, you are showing your commitment to environmental protection. Through the innovative Porlite, we are providing more options to commit to the earth. Let us work together and build a better future. Happy Earth Day
2022 / 03 / 15
Textile Weave Pattern
Weaving, production of fabric by interlacing two sets of yarns so that they cross each other, normally at right angles, usually accomplished with a hand- or power-operated loom. In weaving, lengthwise yarns are called warp; crosswise yarns are called weft, or filling. Most woven fabrics are made with their outer edges finished in a manner that avoids raveling; these are called selvages. They run lengthwise, parallel to the warp yarns. The three basic weaves are plain, twill, and satin. Fancy weaves—such as pile, Jacquard, dobby, and leno—require more complicated looms or special loom attachments for their construction. Hwa Fune offers a variety of fabrics with different patterns. Advice is also available, for example many brands prefer gingham for outerwear. Welcome to contact us to check more. information source:https://www.britannica.com/technology/weaving
2022 / 03 / 08
The impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict_HWAFUNE Newsletter no.15
The impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict cause upon global apparel industry. Apparel industry organizations in Europe and the United States have all implied that the aggression of Russia and Ukraine may lead to an increase in the cost of the global apparel industries. The organization believes that if the situation worsens, the cost of raw materials will continue to rise in this industry due to the upswing of energy prices. The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) indicated: The energy crisis that started at the end of last year has been worsening in the last week. Prices of energy, gas, and oil have been skyrocketing. According to Reuters, Benchmark European gas prices at the Dutch TTF hub rose by 330% last year, while benchmark German and French power contracts have more than doubled. Dr. Sheng Lu, associate professor of fashion and apparel studies at Delaware University, said: "While Russia and Ukraine play a small role in apparel production and trade, it does not mean that the apparel industry is immune to the knock-on effects of military conflict. Julia Huges, President of United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), substantiated, “Ukraine, despite not being a major supplier to the US market, is important to some US companies. During 2021, the US imported more than US$20million apparel from Ukraine.” Although the industry situation is dire, the main concern today is the people of Ukraine and we hope that this military invasion will end as soon as possible.