Blog: Chinese offer cheaper “Made in Italy” textiles
Joe Ayling | 2 August 2007
Tension is rising around Italy’s textile capital Prato as a section of Chinese migrants set up shop, or sweatshop, in the city.
According to an investigation by BBC’s Radio Four, many of the thousands of Chinese people working in the city’s textile manufacturing plants are doing so illegally. Some have even set up their own side-street sweatshops.
The local police service face an uphill battle smoking out the illegal workers, who are often absorbed by established networks who not only work in textiles, but also own production plants themselves.
According to the show’s findings, many of the migrant workers are willing to work through the night, and often undercut their Italian neighbours for wages and prices.
The city’s textile trade has already been hit by cheaper competition in China itself (one-tenth of its factories having been closed), and now faces an even tougher challenge on its own doorstep.
Other places in Italy, including Milan, where violent clashes broke out recently, have been swamped with migrant workers too and up to a third of the country’s Chinese immigrants could be illegal, reports Radio Four.
With the odd exception, the Italian fashion trade is reluctant to embrace Chinese migrants. However, by the sounds of it, keeping these workers and businessmen within reach might be a more effective way to police the influx than relying on seizures and tip-offs.
By Joe Ayling.
Confirmation that digital supply chains are top of mind for apparel industry executives came last week with the latest plans from global sourcing specialist Li & Fung....
As a barometer of the issues top of mind for apparel sourcing executives, it is hard to beat the annual Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong. ...
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
- No US rush to Myanmar despite end to sanctions
- Using worker surveys to drive supply chain change
- Where does VF supply chain sit in growth strategy?
- Investment continues in Ethiopia clothing sector
- Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change
- Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles
- Amazon wins on-demand apparel manufacturing patent
- Trump bolsters "buy American" with executive order
- Start-ups chosen to re-think fashion industry
- Inditex, Adidas and Patagonia top ethical report
- Global market review of denim and jeanswear – forecasts to 2022
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Myanmar - ISA Country Report
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Clothing Market in the Top 5 American Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts