The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • A fire broke out at a garment factory in Zhengzhou City, in central China's Henan Province, on 21 May, killing six workers and injuring another seven. The cause of the blast still unclear. CRI ENGLISH
  • India's Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) has set up a sub-committee responsible for ensuring sustainability of cotton production, according the Ministry of Textiles. The news follows concerns that actual cotton production could turn out to be less than estimates. As both the Agriculture and Textile ministries have an interest in the crop, a further sub-committee may be formed to lay out a 'roadmap' for sustainable production. THE HINDU
  • Three workers were killed in Bangladesh on 21 May when fire engulfed a textile factory in Narsingdi, 50 km (30 miles) north-east of Dhaka. A Pakistani technician was among those killed and at least seven other employees were injured and taken to hospital. Bangladesh's garment sector is the second largest the world after China, and generates 80% of Bangladesh's export earnings. REUTERS

  • India is hoping to replace China as the world's leading textile manufacturer over the coming decade, according to Palani Periyasamy, president of South India Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With China shifting its manufacturing focus, Periyasamy says India's manufacturers should concentrate on innovation, automation and online control to become globally competitive. THE TIMES OF INDIA

  • The US remains the main market for Cambodia's garment and textile industry, the country's Labour Minister Sam Heng said this week. Despite an increasing number of countries competing in the garment export business, the US is still the key buyer of Cambodian products said Heng. Cambodia's exports to the US dipped about 3% in the first quarter of the year to US$706m compared with $725m a year earlier. KHMER TIMES

  • A fire at a historic Hillsborough, North Carolina textile mill continued to smoulder three days after the building went up in flames on 20 May. The Bellevue Mill, which dates back to 1909, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and saw firefighters from eight Orange County stations work over the weekend to contain the blaze. WRAL NEWS

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