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.

  • Synthetic is the future of textile industry in India, according to S K Khandelia, CEO of Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd. The industry has trebled growth percentage to narrow the gap between the use of cotton and synthetics, proving synthetic textile is the future of India, the chief executive says. It is looking at further expansion through greenfield and brownfield in India and abroad. BUSINESS STANDARD
  • Indonesian garment maker PT Pan Brothers plans to invest US$34.7m in building new factories in Central Java to strengthen exports and retail sales in its home market. The company hopes to have built seven by 2016. Production capacity is expected to increase to 92m pieces of clothing a year, from 42 currently. JAKARTA POST
  • Brazil's Santana Textiles has received US$367m in funding from the country's government to expand the production capacity of its plant in the province of Chaco. The facility produces a premium denim fabric for export to other South American countries. The expansion is expected to increase employee numbers from from 438 to 724. DIARIO NORTE
  • The Kenyan government has established a KES50m (US$570.8m) laboratory for cotton standardisation and quality checks. Cotton Development Authority acting CEO Antony Gikandi said the lab in Kabete, Nairobi, will to help brand Kenyan cotton for recognition in foreign markets. The government has set up various projects over the last eight years to revive the sector. THE STAR
  • Chinese sportswear brand 361 Degrees is to invest BRL33m (US$14.6m) to enter the Brazilian market. The company has plans to set up ten offices and a storage centre in Rio Grande do Sul. All are expected to be operational by July. SAO PAULO NEWS