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Ivan Castano Freeman

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

Investments in new machinery and facilities are aimed at winning new sourcing businessColombian factories earmark $40m to lift garment production 4 April 2017

Colombia's top textile and garment suppliers are making big investments to boost manufacturing automation and innovation and win new orders from the US and Europe, committing roughly $40m to the process, according to executives.

Mexico's footwear and leather sales grew 5% to MXN27.6bn ($1.4bn) last yearPBF drops Trump line as Mexico footwear firms fret over future 20 March 2017

Premium Brands Footwear (PBF), a Mexican firm that partnered with The Trump Organization in 2014 to make men's shoes, has severed ties with the US President following rising anti-Trump sentiment in the country, a company source told just-style.

The 291-store fast fashion retailer has taken on new suppliers in Brazil and ParaguayBrazil’s Riachuelo cuts China sourcing to buck recession 15 February 2017

Lojas Riachuelo, Brazil's largest apparel department store chain, has achieved huge savings from gradually reducing its Chinese sourcing to 25% from 40% and investing BRL200m (US$64m) in a new distribution centre.

Venezuela's textile and apparel industry has lost 350 firms and 350,000 jobs over the past four yearsTelares Maracai eyes jeanswear venture with Grupo M 14 February 2017

Venezuela's Telares Maracai and Dominican Republic's Grupo M are eyeing a joint venture to produce denim and jeanswear for the latter's US clients.

Mexico's textile and apparel industry would support retaliatory tariffs against the USMexico textile and apparel makers eye tit-for-tat trade war 3 February 2017

Mexico could slap ‘mirror’ tariffs on US fabric and apparel imports if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with threats to impose a 20% or other duty hike on Mexican exports, executives say.

Furious Mexicans are protesting against a 15% to 20% fuel price hikeMexico riots hit apparel retailers and shipments 16 January 2017

Mexican retailers lost more than $70m amid protests and looting last week that blocked major highways and caused delays in clothing shipments from the nation’s five major manufacturing hubs in Torreon, Chihuahua, Aguas Calientes, Mexico State and Puebla State, according to industry executives.

DR-CAFTA apparel exports are seen surging 10% to roughly $9bn this year Central America makers eye export surge under Trump 3 January 2017

Central America could benefit from a NAFTA re-write under US president-elect Donald Trump, according to local executives, who are optimistic of a surge in apparel exports as many China orders swing back to the region.

Trump may unwittingly provide an opportunity for Mexico makers to move into new marketsMexico makers bullish on Trump's proposed tariffs 25 November 2016

While Mexico’s apparel makers are outlining their concerns at US president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), potentially slapping a 35% tariff on Mexican goods, some also suggest the move could have unexpected benefits too.

Conversely, the DR-CAFTA region may have more US apparel sourcing opportunitiesLatin American makers nervous over Trump victory 15 November 2016

Donald Trump's election as the next US president is putting Mexico and other Latin American nations on tenterhooks as they wait to see if he is true to his campaign pledges to reboot the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and impose tariffs of 35% on items produced in Mexico.

Earlier this week Adidas Group said it would restructure Reebok to bolster flagging salesReebok sees Brazil sales and sourcing boost 9 November 2016

Sportswear brand Reebok expects sales in Brazil to rise 10% this year – and is planning to source the same amount locally for the first time – after owner Adidas took over the beleaguered franchise last year, brand manager Julian Salguiero has told just-style.

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