Blog: Egyptian turmoil "no impact" on textiles
Leonie Barrie | 8 July 2013
Anti-government protests in Egypt, the removal of President Morsi, and the swearing in of the country's top judge as interim president, have all had little impact on the country's textile and apparel industry just-style was told last week.
Indeed, despite the massive demonstrations and violence, "production has never stopped and deliveries will be met," the chairman of Egypt's Ready-Made Garments Export Council stressed.
But as Egypt's political crisis moves into second week and the country heads towards another round of presidential and parliamentary elections, it remains to be seen whether this will continue to be the case.
The Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE), meanwhile, has told just-style the country plans to utilise EU funding to help boost its textile and clothing industry after it became the bloc's 28th member state on 1 July.
Indeed, European Commission officials stress that Croatia will have access to EUR11.7bn in EU investment funds over the next seven years if the country can propose suitable projects and programmes.
In other news, sportswear giant Nike has launched a new tool to help apparel designers evaluate the environmental impact of their material choices and ultimately create more sustainable clothing.
The app - called Making - can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes store, and ranks materials used in apparel based on four environmental impact areas: water, chemistry, energy and waste.
Esprit's Recycled Collection has been has been given the R Cert sustainability certificate - a consumer-facing standard that applies across Asian markets - verifying that it has recycled its pre-consumer textile waste into its clothing.
And German outdoor wear brand Jack Wolfskin is to introduce stricter harmful substances rules across its supply chain from this month, three months earlier than planned.
An analysis of the fortunes of the Western European apparel market suggests the region continues to slide down the global rankings in terms of value sales. While North America last year showed a return to growth, Western Europe remained weighed down by the eurozone crisis.
Tools to help apparel companies manage vast amounts of complex data from design to distribution include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. And the latest trends are outlined in this month's management briefing.
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