The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • Thousands of workers at a garment factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, went on strike to demand a IDR200,000 (US$21.80) increase in their monthly wages. One worker said their wages are only increased by IDR30,000, while another said they would continue striking until their demand was fulfilled. The workers said they are looking to be paid IDR1,529,000 per month. THE JAKARTA POST
  • US federal scientists have found a "concerning" number of chemical contaminations in soil and water samples at Wolverine Worldwide's tannery site in Rockford, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials. Chemicals included arsenic, chromium, mercury, cadmium. State authorities and the EPA said further study need is needed to assess risks to human health or the surrounding environment. MLIVE.COM
  • Egyptian public sector textile companies working under the Qualifying Industrial Zones agreement have stopped working with their Israeli part suppliers due to what they describe as increasing economic difficulties. The Egyptian firms said their exports to the US have decreased as the US has reduced customs duties for exporters from Pakistan and China, and indirectly squeezed out the Egyptian firms. EGYPT INDEPENDENT
  • Textile exports in India may reach US$38bn this fiscal year, a 12% increase on the previous year, according to a senior Textiles Ministry official. This comes despite A slowdown in the western markets as the country opens new avenues for shipments. Textiles exports were around $34bn in 2011-12, against $26.8bn in 2010-11. THE ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA)
  • Weak raw-material supply is challenging the Vietnamese garment industry, according to the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association. The association reported that each year, Vietnamese garment companies needed 6bn metres of cloth, of which 5.2bn metres had to be imported. Director of Sai Gon Garment 3 Pham Xuan Hong said that his company imported 70% of cloth to meet production demand. VIET NAM NEWS