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Mexico's textiles and apparel industry expects revenues to grow 4% to roughly MXN26bn (US$1.6bn) in 2015, helped by a bounce-back in US expo...
Turkish clothing exporters are facing tough times, with the falling euro taking a big bite out of Turkish ready-to-wear clothing export reve...
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More than 200 companies have now signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, which killed more than 1,100 people in 2013.
Groups representing US brands, retailers, manufacturers and importers are calling on the country’s government to negotiate “workable apparel provisions” in the trans-Pacific trade agreement being discussed between 12 countries.
Fabrics, and the processes of joining them together, continue to evolve. One of the key factors that can deliver successful seam sealing and thermal bonding in textiles is the process of temperature control, as Ian Collins, product manager and strategic account manager at West Controls Solutions, explains.
Myanmar’s garment export industry as a whole is developing rapidly. But the battle for growth and added value is heavily weighted against the mostly small local manufacturers who face tough competition from an increasing number of foreign investors with deep pockets and strong networks, writes Jozef De Coster.
Compliance in the global garment industry is fundamentally flawed, and has been from the beginning, according to industry expert David Birnbaum. In order to bring about change, he suggests, the industry must face up to these flaws, and work towards a single standard of compliance.
Following the completion of Archroma's acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business earlier this month, the company has set its sights on becoming the largest global textile chemicals company, focusing its efforts on seamlessly integrating the two businesses and building its 'innovation powerhouse'.
Executives at US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores have admitted that reshoring apparel is “difficult, but not impossible” – with a new innovation fund set up to tackle the challenges of domestic textile and clothing production.
Transparent reporting of garment factory compliance in Cambodia is helping to improve conditions for workers, a new study has found, despite rising costs, labour unrest and increasing competition in the sector.
Not content with developing a “breakthrough” environmentally-friendly solution for the production of PU coated fabrics, including PU synthetic leather, chemicals giant Bayer MaterialScience is also bringing a new collaborative approach to the uptake of new materials in the clothing and footwear supply chain.
Myanmar’s garment industry is in hiatus due to uncertainty over the proposed minimum wage announced by the government at the end of last month.
Foreign direct investment is flowing into Vietnam in anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which is expected to open up huge opportunities for the country's textile and garment industry.
Around EUR29m (US$32m) was invested last year by the C&A Foundation in initiatives across the clothing supply chain – but the philanthropic group is urging a joint effort from all stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that remain.
Late last month, Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung formed a joint venture with Chinese retailers Bailian Group and Wangfujing Department Store to develop their own private label clothing brands and tap into its global supply chain. But China-based analysts believe there are considerable challenges to overcome.
An improving US labour market, rising consumer confidence and higher wages were not enough to spark a significant break-out in spending in June, with half of the clothing chains reporting monthly comparable store sales seeing lower or flat trends.
Apparel imports into the US continued on their upward trajectory in May, with China bouncing back from its second decline this year, Vietnam surging and Bangladesh increasing further. But while eight of the top-ten supplier counties saw growth, those further down the list suffered.
Despite China's continued dominance of US apparel and textile imports, shipments from Vietnam continued to surge last year, reflecting the country's low labour costs and its focus on specialisation, modernisation, and increasing value added.
While 3D design and virtual prototyping technology is already well-established in industries like architecture and automotives, the fashion industry is still grappling to find the best ways to leverage its business benefits.
Marks & Spencer says it has seen an improvement in worker health issues in Cambodia - and the subsequent business benefits - since a new healthcare project was launched last year as part of its Global Community Programme.
A chemical management programme developed by apparel giant VF Corp to identify and eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from its supply chain has been rolled out to eight countries - with work now underway to extend the initiative industry-wide.
UK retail group Marks & Spencer is preparing to launch a supply chain human rights policy as it looks to further improve compliance in the development of international labour practices and management systems.
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