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Madagascar back on the apparel sourcing radar

The devastating impact that political instability and the loss of trade benefits can have on an apparel manufacturing country is exemplified...

Origin Africa highlights new sourcing ambitions

Last year all eyes at Origin Africa were on host country Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub for international apparel groups. This year at...

Ethiopia violence undermines sourcing strategies

The apparent benefits of Ethiopia make the country a serious risk – both politically and commercially – for apparel and textile investors, M...

Ethiopia state of emergency after factory attack

Fashion retailer H&M and UK based glove and high-performance leather manufacturer Pittards Plc both say they are monitoring the situation in...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Jean-Francois Limantour, CEDITH 2 Jul 2013

Stuart Todd

Jean-François Limantour, president of the Cercle Euro-méditerranéen des Dirigeants Textile-Habillement (CEDITH), talks to just-style about how the North African/Tunisian textile and apparel export industry is faring after the Arab Spring uprisings of two years ago.

Speaking with style: Brian Brink, Texfed 3 Oct 2008

South African restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing have not come to the rescue of the country’s ailing textile sector as effectively as had been hoped. Brian Brink, executive director of South African industry group Textile Federation (Texfed), tells just-style why firms continues to struggle.

Latest News

Port modernisation key to boosting Africa trade 21 Feb 2017

Michelle Russell

The modernisation and harmonisation of port procedures in Africa could help support economic development across the continent and help lower trade costs, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said.

Ciel Textiles H1 hit by lower knit earnings 16 Feb 2017

Beth Wright

Ciel Textiles, the Mauritius-listed clothing business which supplies a number of European retailers, saw earnings decline in its first-half, with its knits and knitwear division suffering a "difficult" semester.

Bagir takes control of Ethiopia manufacturing site 9 Feb 2017

Leonie Barrie

Ahead of plans to ramp up expansion at its Ethiopian manufacturing site, tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group has acquired full ownership of the facility in a deal worth US$1.9m.

New Ethiopia textile and apparel parks planned 27 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

The Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) has awarded the construction of two new textile and apparel industrial parks in Addis Ababa and Jimma to two Chinese construction firms, in a deal worth around ETB5bn (US$221.2m).

Ninian & Lester picks PLM to boost speed to market 27 Jan 2017

Beth Wright

South African industrial clothing and textile group Ninian & Lester has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help reduce lead times in a bid to stay ahead in both local and export markets.

WTO trade deal requires just 3 more ratifications 23 Jan 2017

Michelle Russell

Nigeria has become the latest country to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), meaning just three more ratifications are required before it comes into force.

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