The most-read stories on just-style this week include an interview with Epic Group chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani about the manufacturing giant's expansion and efficiency drive, VF's ongoing evaluation of sourcing opportunities in East Africa, and plans by Crystal Group to widen its worker empowerment initiatives to 40,000 employees.

VF continues to explore Africa sourcing opportunities
US apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has said it continues to investigate opportunities in East Africa, with plans to increase its sourcing base in the region. 

Crystal Group aims empowerment drive at 40,000 workers
With productivity improvements among the benefits of its worker empowerment initiatives, garment-making giant Crystal Group now plans to expand the programme to two-thirds of its 60,000 workers in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Vietnam over the next five years.

Expansion and efficiencies key to Epic Group evolution
With new facilities opening in Bangladesh and Vietnam, an investment to take automation to the next level, and an eye on Africa, Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Epic Group is also on a relentless efficiency drive. Chairman and CEO Ranjan Mahtani tells just-style why constant evolution is key.

Epic Group commits $20m to new Vietnam factories
While Epic Group’s foundations are built in Bangladesh, where it has had a presence for 30 years and is one of the country’s largest garment makers producing around 60m units a year, its expansion in Vietnam is also picking up a pace.

New Coats colour tool helps speed design and approval
Industrial thread specialist Coats Group has launched a new tool to help reduce lead times and high costs associated with the colour design and approval processes.