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Ivan Castano Freeman

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

The textiles and apparel sector in Honduras has raised $1.5bn as part of its 2020 development planHonduras raises $1.5bn as activewear plan shifts into gear 26 June 2017

The textiles and apparel sector in Honduras has raised $1.5bn as part of its 2020 development plan to become a global synthetics yarn and activewear major.


Guatemala's Iris Textiles to launch recycled clothing line 7 June 2017

Guatemalan eco-friendly apparel, yarn and fabric maker Iris Textiles is set to launch a recycled apparel line as it works to transform its business into a sustainable fashion supplier.


Guatemala producers say they are not worried about Trump – and expect orders to increase this yearGuatemala makers shrug off Trump trade concerns 1 June 2017

Just when things seemed to be getting better for Central America, the proposed US Border Adjustment Tax and possible changes to the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) are unnerving maquilas. 


Mexican textile and apparel exports surged 10% to roughly $2bn in the first five months of the yearFirst Mexican denim fair woos US, European exhibitors 17 May 2017

Expo Denim, Mexico’s first denim machinery and fabrics fair, will host 60 companies and 90 stands and is expected to attract some 1,500 buyers when it launches in Guadalajara on 31 May.


Brazil's textile and apparel sector expects to generate 10,000 jobs this yearBrazil's textile and apparel recovery shifts into gear 11 May 2017

Brazil's textile and apparel sector expects to generate 10,000 jobs this year and lift revenues by 1% to BRL123bn ($39bn) as Latin America's largest economy begins to emerge from its worst recession in history. 


Investments in new machinery and facilities are aimed at winning new sourcing businessColombian factories earmark $40m to lift garment production 4 April 2017

Colombia's top textile and garment suppliers are making big investments to boost manufacturing automation and innovation and win new orders from the US and Europe, committing roughly $40m to the process, according to executives.


Mexico's footwear and leather sales grew 5% to MXN27.6bn ($1.4bn) last yearPBF drops Trump line as Mexico footwear firms fret over future 20 March 2017

Premium Brands Footwear (PBF), a Mexican firm that partnered with The Trump Organization in 2014 to make men's shoes, has severed ties with the US President following rising anti-Trump sentiment in the country, a company source told just-style.


The 291-store fast fashion retailer has taken on new suppliers in Brazil and ParaguayBrazil’s Riachuelo cuts China sourcing to buck recession 15 February 2017

Lojas Riachuelo, Brazil's largest apparel department store chain, has achieved huge savings from gradually reducing its Chinese sourcing to 25% from 40% and investing BRL200m (US$64m) in a new distribution centre.


Venezuela's textile and apparel industry has lost 350 firms and 350,000 jobs over the past four yearsTelares Maracai eyes jeanswear venture with Grupo M 14 February 2017

Venezuela's Telares Maracai and Dominican Republic's Grupo M are eyeing a joint venture to produce denim and jeanswear for the latter's US clients.


Mexico's textile and apparel industry would support retaliatory tariffs against the USMexico textile and apparel makers eye tit-for-tat trade war 3 February 2017

Mexico could slap ‘mirror’ tariffs on US fabric and apparel imports if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with threats to impose a 20% or other duty hike on Mexican exports, executives say.


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