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4 Apr | APPA becomes twelfth laboratory certified by ICA Bremen

The Association for the Promotion of Cotton Production (APPA) is Argentina’s leading cotton classing operation established in Avellaneda, Santa Fe. As of 1 March 2022, APPA has become the latest laboratory to be certified under ICA Bremen’s Laboratory Certification Scheme.   APPA’s General Director of the Laboratory, Nicolas Buyatti said; “The certification of the (…)

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31 Mar | Recruiting a New Team Member: Cotton Quality Manager

What the job brings: The Bremen Cotton Exchange has been actively committed to the sustainable raw material cotton worldwide, and for 150 years. With our ICA Bremen laboratory, we are also a global authority when it comes to cotton quality. Cotton samples from all over the world are sent to Bremen to be tested (…)

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24 Mar | News from the FIBRE Institute: Foldable Composites with Cotton

In the Thermolink project, the Fibre Institute Bremen e. V. (FIBRE) developed composites with a joint function through local thermal consolidation of textile surfaces using cotton as reinforcing fibre. Certain areas of the textile surfaces are systematically stiffened by the action of heating and cooling of the thermoplastic fibers. At the same time, the untreated (…)

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21 Mar | 26 Members from the cotton community become certified as ICA Bremen Quality Experts

ICA Bremen’s first group of Quality Experts have now been certified under an internationally recognised standard to assist with cotton quality matters. The newly certified experts come from Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Germany, Greece, Ivory Coast, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey and UK. The Quality Expert scheme is a service provided by ICA Bremen which (…)

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7 Mar | Bremen Cotton Exchange Joins Make the Label Count

The Bremen Cotton Exchange has become the latest organisation to join Make the Label Count (MTLC) which is lobbying the European Commission to revise and improve its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology for textiles. The Cotton Exchange joins organisations such as Plastic Soup Foundation, Changing Markets and Fibershed, as well as luxury brand John (…)

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2 Mar | U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol: Annual Report

In alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol provides quantifiable and verifiable targets and measurements for a more sustainable cotton production. The Trust Protocol is overseen by a multi-stakeholder board composed of representatives from textile producers and trade, civil society, and independent sustainability experts, as well as the cotton (…)

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21 Feb | ICA Bremen’s Training Course ‘Cotton Classing and Testing‘

ICA Bremen’s Cotton Classing and Testing Training Course will be held from 10 – 17 May 2022 in Bremen, Germany. The Cotton Classing and Testing Training provides an in-depth learning experience that is tailored to educate participants on quality matters in raw cotton. The course explores issues from the classification of cotton from various (…)

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15 Feb | ICA Bremen: Exclusive expert training for Brazilians

At the end of January, ICA Bremen conducted an online workshop tailored for the Brazilian cotton association Abrapa aiming for the improvement of cotton testing procedures. According to Edson Mizoguchi, manager of Abrapa’s Standard Brasil HVI Program (SBRHVI), the goal of the training was to enhance technical procedures as well as the standardization of (…)

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