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Ivan Castano Freeman

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Nicaragua offers low wages and a stable economic and political environmentNicaragua apparel and footwear firms to double in size 27 August 2015

Nicaragua's top textile and footwear manufacturers plan to double their size in three years as the Central American nation rushes to meet rising demand from US apparel brands, industry executives have told just-style.

Colombia is hoping to boost textile and clothing exports to $1bn by 2018 from $850m last yearColombia pushes fabric innovation to the fore 19 August 2015

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is boosting innovation with a string of brands highlighting products featuring coffee-based fibres, slimming and quick-dry benefits during the recent Colombiamoda trade fair.

Exports are seen jumping 10% to $4.5bn this yearMexican makers see growth in exports and local demand 30 July 2015

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 exports and buoyant domestic demand, industry observers say.

GuatemalaSOURCING: Guatemala apparel makers focus on faster lead times 2 June 2015

Guatemala's apparel and textiles industry has boosted its value-added product portfolio and improved response times in the past five years as it scrambles to win more US sourcing business, particularly as Asian countries including Vietnam continue to steal exports to its key partner.

New IAF president Rahul Mehta discusses the apparel industryINTERVIEW: Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief 29 January 2015

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) new president Rahul Mehta.

Global footwear sales are set to grow 2-3% 2014Global footwear to strengthen but challenges continue 4 December 2014

The global footwear industry is expected to grow 4-5% to nearly $200bn next year as a firming global economy fuels consumer demand for leading brands such as Nike or Steve Madden, industry executives say.

Premiere Vision to add apparel makers to Brazil show 1 December 2014

Premiere Vision Sao Paulo is boosting its presence in Brazil with plans to add a space for apparel manufacturers to broaden its services to meet needs of the whole garment-making chain.

Mexico is working to develop an apparel fibre based on the agave cactusMexico innovation lab working on agave based fibre 6 November 2014

A new textiles innovation laboratory in Mexico is working to develop an apparel fibre based on agave, the plant ingredient used to make the country's tequila and agave liquors.

Mexico wants global fast-fashion retailers to source locally Spotlight on...Mexico urges fast-fashion brands to source locally 28 October 2014

Global fast-fashion brands such as H&M, Forever 21 and American Eagle Outfitters who are keen to grow their business in Mexico are being urged to start sourcing apparel there instead of in Asia.

Colombia trade minister vows to aid struggling exporters 21 October 2014

Colombia's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Cecilia Alvarez-Correa has pledged to support the country's beleaguered textile exporters at a time when imports outpace exports three-to-one.

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