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Ivan Castano Freeman

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

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.

Winds Group will open a new activewear factory in northwest HaitiHong Kong's Winds Group to open Haiti factory 26 October 2016

Hong Kong headquartered athletic wear supplier Winds Group will open a new activewear factory in northwest Haiti next week, initially making 12m tops and bottoms for a range of mid-market US brands, just-style has learnt.

The modular production system at Grupo M means labour productivity is highHaiti garment exports set to rise despite hurricane 13 October 2016

Despite the wreckage wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the country’s textile and garment exports are expected to rise 10% to roughly US$550m this year – as the bulk of the industry's factories are located outside its impact zone, industry executives have told just-style. 

Domestic manufacturing for licensed clothing is one of the growth areasMexico makers restructure to boost fashion know-how 10 October 2016

Mexico's textiles and apparel industry is restructuring following a 40% decline in exports since its 2002 heyday and the subsequent loss of more than 500,000 jobs, says Jose Manuel Martinez, general manager of clothing industry trade association Canaive. 

Ongoing labour violations are claimed in Mexico's huge informal economyAre Mexico’s maquila labour rights worsening? 7 October 2016

Mexico’s textiles and apparel industry is violating workers’ basic rights including freedom to unionise, overtime and severance pay, according to the Human Rights Commission of Tehuacan, a major maquila hub in Puebla State two hours south of Mexico City. 

El Salvador hopes to develop new high-performance sportswear niches incorporating innovative fabrics and finishesEl Salvador to launch 15-year apparel growth strategy 2 September 2016

El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening competition from Asian nations and neighbouring Honduras.

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