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Thomas Maresca

Articles by Thomas Maresca

Thailand project to vertically integrate clothing industry 14 April 2015

Thai authorities are teaming up with one of the country’s leading fashion media publishers to develop and promote the local fashion industry from materials to design.


Many industry suppliers believe that while Cambodia remains a growing market, they see challenges aheadSOURCING: Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain 20 August 2014

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh over the weekend.


CAMBODIA: Grand Twins stock market listing lacks lustre 17 June 2014

Taiwanese owned garment manufacturer Grand Twins International (GTI) has became just the second company to list on Cambodia's tiny stock market, the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX).


Sourcing shifts: Supply countries refine focus and opportunities 4 June 2014

In an increasingly fluid global market that enables brands to switch countries for their manufacturing needs, it is in the interest of suppliers to make the move as easy as possible - as well as seek out new opportunities.


Cambodian workers rally for a monthly wage of $160 (Photo credit: LICHADO)CAMBODIA: Unions call for mid-March strike 18 February 2014

Cambodian labour unions are calling for a nationwide strike in mid-March, as disputes over garment industry wages and government crackdowns on protesters continue.


Indonesia saw electricity prices rise four times last yearINDONESIA: Garment makers to be hit by planned power hike 4 February 2014

A planned increase in electricity tariffs in Indonesia has sparked concern in the garment industry that it will raise production costs, which may affect the industry's competitiveness in export markets.


Manufacturers have been continuing to fulfil existing export ordersTHAILAND: Political crisis could depress clothing exports 31 January 2014

Thailand's garment industry has not yet felt an economic impact from the country's ongoing political unrest, but the unstable environment presents a serious challenge moving forward, a senior industry figure told just-style.


MALAYSIA: Makers seek low-pay period for foreign workers 31 January 2014

As a minimum wage law goes into effect this month in Malaysia, the Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA) is asking the government to allow its members to reintroduce a lower-paid probationary period for foreign workers.


Cambodia's garment sector is battling poor work conditions and industrial unrestCambodia fights to maintain competitive outsourcing edge 29 October 2013

Cambodia's garment industry has long had a cost advantage over its competitors: paying some of the lowest wages in the world. But the country is currently fighting to maintain its competitive outsourcing edge while tackling a range of labour problems.


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