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Ivan Castano Freeman

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

The strong US dollar is helping to boost Mexican footwear exportsMexican footwear production to grow by 5% in 2016 29 April 2016

Mexico's footwear industry hopes to grow production by 5% this year, helped by a strong dollar and rising local demand, says Veronica Salazar, general manager of trade footwear show Sapica.

Mexico shipped $4.2bn of apparel and textiles to the US last yearMexico textile sector worries over TPP and Trump wall 22 March 2016

Mexico's textile sector is eyeing growth of 4% this year but faces looming threats including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Donald Trump's proposal to barricade its US border – which some executives estimate could trigger $2bn in annual trade losses.

US firms remain keen on Central America as a source of basic apparel and fast-fashion items for quick restockingCentral America tense over TPP-empowered Vietnam 1 March 2016

Central America's textile exports are expected to slow this year as Vietnam continues to gain US market share, throwing the region into a scramble to devise new competitive strategies.

Colombian companies are scrambling to raise capacity for items such as cotton pantsColombia faces challenges in fashion export drive 8 February 2016

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.

Colombia's textile and apparel industry eyed exports of $18bn last yearColombia makers call for more FTAs and export financing 28 January 2016

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to bolster textile and apparel companies' efforts to expand abroad, according to executives at the latest edition of sourcing fair Colombiatex.

The falling value of the peso against the dollar makes Mexican textile and apparel goods increasingly attractive to US and foreign buyers‘Super-dollar’ triggers Mexican textiles shortage 11 January 2016

Mexico’s apparel industry is facing a textile raw material shortage as the soaring dollar prompts spinners to boost exports, leaving many clothing makers struggling to procure key fabrics to meet US orders, a top industry official says.

Argentina's textile and apparel exports are expected to fall sharply this year from $800m in 2014Argentina industry needs $600m to modernise manufacturing 12 October 2015

Argentina's textile and apparel industry is facing a flat 2015 amid falling consumption, exports and profits – but the new boss of industry body Camara Industrial Argentina De La Indumentaria (CIAI) remains confident this month's presidential elections will help change its course.

 Nicaragua remains competitive when it comes to fast-fashion orders and quick stock re-fillsNicaragua seeks textile investments to grow exports 7 September 2015

Nicaragua is seeking $160m to build a synthetic textiles manufacturing base to help double exports to $2bn in five years and offset TPL losses, government officials have told just-style.

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.

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