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.

  • Hong Kong firm Huafa Company is to invest in a cotton dyeing and spinning plant in southern Vietnam's Thuan Dao Extension Industrial Zone. The plant, which covers 20ha, has a total investment capital of US$136m and will produce high quality fibre to meet domestic and export demand. VIET NAM NEWS

  • The ready-made garment sector saw the highest number of deaths in 2013, according to a new report. Of the 1,912 workers that were killed in workplace accidents, around 70% (1,194) were in the RMG sector. Sultan Ahmed, assistant executive director of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) said the more vulnerable industry as it is highly unplanned. DHAKA TRIBUNE

  • The Government of Uzbekistan has invited Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to invest in its country's textile sector. Uzbek Minister for Foreign Economic Relations and Trade & Investment, Elyor Majidovic Ganiev, said its infrastructure is “very cheap” and assured of all-out government support for the purpose. In the last eight months, Uzbekistan imported 500 skilled workers from Bangladesh, and plans to import 1,500 more. NEWS TODAY

  • Pennsylvania-based knitted fabrics supplier Milco Industries has acquired Fablok Mills Inc, a New Jersey-based producer of raschel and tricot fabrics for geotextiles, athletic apparel, military and government. Milco says the acquisition is expected to enhance its textile capabilities, enabling it to offer a diversified product line geared toward automotive, health care and government applications. TEXTILE WORLD. 

  • The Philippines' Zamboanga City abaca industry needs urgent assistance from the country's government, an official of the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority has said. Abaca farming in the region has dropped from 649,750kg output in 2011 to 529,660kg last year. The authority said its action plan will involve expanding its abaca land area by an initial 100 hectares this year. BUSINESS WORLD ONLINE