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.

  • TAL Group is to invest US$200m in the opening of a second garment and textile facility in Vietnam. The products will be produced using modern technologies that do not cause pollution and the company will ensure environment standards, it has said. AMCHAM VIETNAM 
  • China's Texhong Group is to build an industrial park in Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province for textile and apparel production units. With an investment of US$12m, the park will cover 660 hectares. CHINA DAILY  
  • Around 45 workers the Lotus Garment Factory in Cambodia collapsed last week after inhaling smoke from a generator. An investigation by officials of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) found that the factory's short chimney was to blame for the incident. KHMER TIMES
  • A federation of trade unions has been launched at Taiwanese footwear giant Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings after the company saw strikes in April over underpaid social insurance contributions. The federation comprises eight company committees, 17 factory branches and 186 workshop groups. CHINA DAILY 
  • Bangladesh's DBL Group is to set up a garment facility in north Ethiopia. The company has secured 68 hectares of land for construction of the factory, and production is expected to begin in nine months. THE BANGLADESH FINANCIAL EXPRESS