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Mexico makers see rise in exports and local demand

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...

Euro decline weighs on Turkish clothing industry

Turkish clothing exporters are facing tough times, with the falling euro taking a big bite out of Turkish ready-to-wear clothing export reve...

VF Corp confirms interest in Africa sourcing

US apparel giant VF Corp has confirmed its interest in Africa as a sourcing destination as it continues to create a "balanced portfolio" of...

Pakistan textile mills fear rash of closures

Pakistan’s textile industry is pessimistic about its prospects, warning of wholesale closures amongst fabric mills unless the government ste...

Who has signed the Bangladesh safety accord - update 27 Jul 2015

Katie Smith

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.

US groups seek "workable apparel provisions" in TPP 23 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

COMMENT: Temperature control key to successful seam sealing 22 Jul 2015

Guest author

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.

Factory funding gap has mixed impact in Myanmar 21 Jul 2015

Jozef De Coster

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.

Is garment industry compliance fundamentally flawed? 17 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

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.

Archroma focuses on integration and innovation 16 Jul 2015

Katie Smith

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'.

Wal-Mart: Reshoring apparel "difficult not impossible" 15 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

Transparency boosts compliance in Cambodia garment sector 14 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

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.

Reshaping material innovation in apparel and footwear 14 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

Wage plans leave Myanmar garment industry in limbo 13 Jul 2015

Jessica Mudditt

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.

Textile investments flow into Vietnam ahead of TPP 13 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

C&A Foundation wants fashion to be a force for good 13 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

Analysts see snags in China private label clothing plans 10 Jul 2015

Jens Kastner

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.

US apparel retailers' June 2015 retail roundup 10 Jul 2015

Katie Smith

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.

China bounces back as May US apparel imports grow 9 Jul 2015

Katie Smith

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.

US apparel sourcing sees slow diversification 8 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

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.

Leveraging the business benefits of 3D virtual design 6 Jul 2015

Leonie Barrie

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.

SOURCING: M&S project benefits garment worker health 2 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

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.

VF pushes ahead on chemicals management 1 Jul 2015

Katie Smith

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.

M&S prepares to launch supply chain human rights policy 1 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

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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