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Why China 5-year plan won't change garment-making

China is using a catchy English-language TV ad to promote its 13th Five-Year Plan for the five years to 2020. But does the Plan really tell...

Jordan garment sector strong amid regional unrest

Jordan's US$1.34bn garment sector continues to expand despite the turmoil in much of the Middle East, with growth forecast at 10% in 2015. Y...

Navigating a turbulent sourcing landscape

Apparel brands, retailers and suppliers are having to navigate an increasing number of supply chain challenges in order to operate in a more...

Clothing sector helps China to green its growth

A conference on sustainability staged by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group has heard how China is making serious effort...

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Esquel CEO says automation core to competitiveness 1 Dec 2015

Wang Fangqing

While doomsayers have been waxing lyrically for the past two years about how the Chinese clothing industry could have a shaky future, John Cheh, vice chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, the Hong Kong-based vertically integrated cotton to shirt maker, is resolute in his optimism. 

Apparel industry gains traction says IAF chief 29 Jan 2015

Ivan Castano Freeman

The global apparel industry is expected to grow 3.5% to over $500bn this year, matching a similar gain in 2014 and consolidating a three-year recovery, according to the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) new president Rahul Mehta.

Latest News

Russia to open modern textile finishing plant 1 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

A state-of-the-art textile finishing plant is being set up in Russia's Rostov region by consumer goods firm and clothing manufacturer BTK-Group to manufacture textile dyes for the domestic market. 

Stockmann sells Russian department store business 1 Dec 2015

Michelle Russell

Finnish retailer Stockmann Group has signed a deal to sell its Russian department store business for EUR5m (US$5.3m).

Uniqlo under fire again for China worker abuses 27 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Japanese retailer Fast Retailing has come under fire from labour rights groups for failing to improve working conditions and environmental pollution at Uniqlo supplier factories in mainland China.

German sustainable textile scheme heads to Vietnam 26 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

The German-led Partnership for Sustainable Textiles initiative, which aims to bring about social, ecological and economic improvements along the apparel and textile supply chain, has been introduced to Vietnam.

Brandix HQ adds to sustainability credentials 26 Nov 2015

Michelle Russell

Sri Lanka's Brandix Group has added to its sustainability accolades by receiving the 'Gold Flame' efficiency award for its new head office, just nine months after it was commissioned. 

EU and Philippines to begin free trade talks 25 Nov 2015

Leonie Barrie

The European Union (EU) and the Philippines are to start talks on a free-trade agreement, in an attempt to boost trade and investment.

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