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Robert P Antoshak

Robert P AntoshakBiography

Robert P Antoshak has more than 30 years of experience in the fibre, textile and apparel industries.

With an extensive background in strategic planning, fibre marketing, management consulting, and government relations, Robert has held positions with the Fiber Organon, American Fiber Manufacturers Association, American Textile Manufacturers Institute, Werner International, and INTL-FCStone, and is currently the managing director of Olah Inc, the New York-based marketer of denim fabrics and organiser of the global Kingpins trade show.

Robert has worked as an FBI-cleared industry advisor to the US government on numerous bilateral textile quota trade agreements, NAFTA, the MFA, and the WTO.

Articles by Robert P Antoshak

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is one of the many programmes available to apparel brands and retailersMaybe it’s time for a single cotton sustainability standard 16 November 2017

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely delays the decision-making process for so many firms, argues Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.


Chinese retaliation could focus on cotton, much of which is grown in the American South – a region that voted strongly for Trump during the presidential electionA trade war between the US and China could begin with cotton 13 October 2017

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway this week as part of the Trump administration’s probe into China’s intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.


When it comes to global clothing supply, there's China...then there's everyone elseConsolidation of the international trade of apparel 13 September 2017

The two largest apparel import markets in the world – the European Union and United States – are dominated by a comparatively small group of supplier countries. At the same time, fewer types of products are also sold in greater quantities. Here, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, wades through the trade data.


Cotton prices have risen in recent months, while at the same time imports of cotton apparel have lost market to MMF apparel importsHow higher cotton prices have weighed on demand 22 August 2017

High prices and lower import levels suggest the market, for now at least, is moving away from cotton. Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc takes a closer look. 


Each step of the apparel supply chain has sprouted dozens of sustainability initiativesUnderstanding sustainability in an unstable world 4 August 2017

Macroeconomic and social trends, as well as politics, loom ominously large these days – in many ways glowering at our industry at a time of vulnerability. But by embracing sustainability, the sector has taken steps to structure its future, writes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.


The Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) coalition was set up earlier this year with the sole stated purpose of blocking the proposed taxThe Border Adjustment Tax – good intentions, bad policy 26 July 2017

As has been widely reported, some US politicians have endorsed a plan to alter domestic tax laws in such a way that imported products would be subject to a new tax, while exempting exported products from the tax. The plan is called the Border Adjustment Tax (or BAT). It is bad policy. Why? Let's take a look.


AFFOA was created last year with over $300m in funding to develop US-made high-tech fabricsMade-in-Vietnam backpack undercuts AFFOA's homespun message 14 July 2017

With all of the change in today's textile industry, many ask what the future will hold for fabric design and innovation. Will today's fabrics increasingly incorporate technology to allow new qualities such as temperature regulation, colour variation, and communications? A key US technology initiative thinks so, as Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, found on a recent visit.


Some say an overhaul of NAFTA is long overdue, while others suggest it should be done away with entirelyHow has NAFTA worked out for textiles and apparel? 12 July 2017

The process of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is getting underway, and looming large over the proceedings is the question of whether or not NAFTA been good or bad for US industries? In the case of textiles and apparel, the answer is muddled, explains Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.


For many years, retailers' response to falling demand has been to simply slash pricesApparel retail in the age of austerity 18 May 2017

What's wrong with retail these days? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. Like some slow-motion car wreck, global apparel retail stumbles into the middle of 2017 with little to cheer.


Quotas would force supplier countries to compete for a share of the US marketThe return of the MFA – a harbinger of the future? 4 January 2017

For those old enough to remember, three letters invoked fear and loathing across the global textile industry: M-F-A. And Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, is concerned those letters are more than simply an abbreviation for the long defunct Multi-Fibre Arrangement – but may be a harbinger of the future.


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