SOUTH AFRICA: To set up $19m sustainable textile cluster
The South African government has approved a ZAR200m (US$18.8m) grant to set up a new 'sustainable textile and apparel cluster' to supply more traceable products.
The initiative is backed by a five-year production plan to leapfrog local industry's competitiveness in sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing.
According to Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, the initiative will supply local and international customers with fully traceable sustainable apparel and household textile products.
One of the main aims is to support local industry, both by developing production capacity and using local raw materials - starting with cotton and then broadening its scope to include all natural and synthetic fibres.
There are also plans to establish a National Sector Body to represent the entire value chain from fibre to end-product, with sector leaders working closely with government to map out the future development of the industry and address mutual issues of national concern.
Funding for the initiative is through the Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP) which, in turn, is part of the overall Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) aimed at stabilising employment and improving overall competitiveness in clothing, textile, footwear, leather and leather goods manufacturing.
- New American Apparel CEO sees solid platform
- Enthusiasm for tech in outdoor apparel on rise
- George at Asda on responsible retail journey
- Outlook 2015: What's happening with sourcing?
- Outlook 2015: What keeps you awake at night?
- EU exploring responsible garment supply chains
- Gap to close Piperlime division
- Adidas sells Rockport for $280m to focus on sports
- Adidas and Timberland commit to responsible down
- Hanesbrands invests $1.5m in US hosiery plant
- Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Li & Fung Limited (494) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
- Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead
- E-Textiles: Electronic Textiles 2014-2024