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Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US deman...

Colombia calls for more FTAs and export financing

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to...

Argentina needs $600m to modernise manufacturing

Argentina's textile and apparel industry is facing a flat 2015 amid falling consumption, exports and profits – but the new boss of industry...

Colombia pushes fabric innovation to the fore

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is boosting innovation with a string of brands highlighting products featuring coffee-based fibres,...

Latest Interviews

Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


Colombia eyes new markets amid Venezuela row 13 Jul 2010

Ivan Castano Freeman

These days, Colombian textile producers are engaged in much soul searching. Everyone is in a scramble to find new markets after exports to Venezuela, its number one market, have plunged.

Latest News

Innovation seen driving Colombian textile industry 9 Feb 2016

Katie Smith

Innovation, leading-edge technology and intelligent fabrics are some of the key factors expected to drive the Colombian textile industry in 2016. 


Colombia contests WTO decision on apparel tariffs 1 Feb 2016

Leonie Barrie

Colombia is appealing a recent decision by the World Trade Organzation (WTO) that it was breaking world trade rules over a tariff it imposed on imports of textiles, apparel and footwear from Panama.


Product costing tools on show at Colombiatex 14 Jan 2016

Leonie Barrie

Methods Workshop is to demonstrate its latest tools for streamlining sewn products costing and engineering at the Colombiatex trade show in Medellín, Colombia later this month.


Colombia loses WTO case on textiles tariff 9 Dec 2015

Leonie Barrie

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel has ruled against Colombia over a tariff it imposed on imports of textiles, apparel and footwear.


Call for Argentine textile sector improvements 25 Aug 2015

Michelle Russell

Five textile industry unions have joined forces to call for better legislation and collective bargaining to improve “precarious” work conditions in Argentina's textile sector.


Human rights groups file Peru labour complaint 24 Jul 2015

Michelle Russell

A number of US and Peruvian human rights and union groups have filed a complaint alleging Peru's government failed to enforce basic garment sector labour laws under the terms of a free trade pact.

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