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All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub

There has been a big buzz around Ethiopia as a potential source of apparel for at least the last five years – yet disappointingly small expo...

Ethiopia textile & apparel investments accelerate

From fast-growing textile hub Mekele to expansion plans by several international groups to expand their production capabilities in Ethiopia,...

Textiles and apparel key to Kenya 10-year plan

The Kenyan government has earmarked the textile, apparel and leather sectors as key drivers of major economic growth under a decade-long pla...

AGOA renewal offers great opportunities for Africa

Should the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) be renewed for ten years as expected, there would be unprecedented opportunities for th...

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

Ethiopia textile and apparel exports lagging 4 Feb 2016

Michelle Russell

The export performance of Ethiopia's textile and apparel sector is lagging behind plan in the first six months of the year, according to the latest figures. 

Truworths turns to PLM for international growth 12 Jan 2016

Katie Smith

South African fashion retailer Truworths has chosen to implement Centric Software's product lifecycle management (PLM) platform to help structure its product development process and support international expansion. 

South Africa apparel industry employment rising 22 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) has welcomed figures showing an increase in employment in the country's clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing industry. 

WTO ministers deliver deal for global cotton 21 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

Global ministers have agreed a deal calling for cotton from least developed countries to be given duty-free and quota-free access to the markets of developed countries from January.

Ethiopia’s first denim mill opens 28 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

Ethiopia's textile industry is the nation's third largest manufacturing industry and a source of growing export earnings – and it now has its first fully-integrated denim facility.

End-to-end cotton supply chain in East Africa 20 Oct 2015

Leonie Barrie

The viability of a sustainable end-to-end cotton supply chain in the East Africa region has been demonstrated by three manufacturers who have produced a range of export-ready garments made from locally-sourced materials.

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