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UK: Fruit Of The Loom Brings Forward Plant Closures | 11 Nov 05

Apparel maker Fruit of the Loom is to close down its Irish operations a year earlier than planned.

USA: Union Underwear Sets Up New Distribution Centre | 4 May 05

Union Underwear Inc is setting up a new distribution centre in Berkeley County, South Carolina, which will initially create up to 200 jobs.

UK: Fruit Of The Loom To Close Northern Ireland Operations | 16 Sep 04

Textile company Fruit of the Loom has announced plans to gradually close down its Derry and Donegal factories, as part of its European restructuring.

Global market growth forecast for lingerie | 14 Jul 04

With its unique combination of fashion and function, lingerie is a product category that straddles the fine line between necessity and luxury. On the back of these attributes it has expanded into a US$30 billion-a-year industry and positioned itself for further growth over the next five years.

Women's underwear sales take shape in the US | 23 Jan 04

Sales of women's underwear in the US are forecast to continue to rise between now and 2008, boosted by an improving economy and an increase in demand for innovative, comfort-oriented products. Sales will continue to grow fastest for panties and shapewear, while sales of daywear will flatten says new research.

US men's underwear sales on the rise | 16 Jan 04

Retail sales of men's underwear in the US are heading for fast growth in 2004-08, boosted by increasing numbers of men under age 35 and new looks and functionality. Best-sellers will be boxers and boxer-briefs, while sales of men's briefs will continue to lag says the latest research.

UK: XeBusiness Boosts Apparel Sector Customer Base By 30% | 13 Jan 04

Software firm XeBusiness has reported a significant boost in IT investment by UK apparel and textile companies for 2003.

USA: Honduran Garment Maker Purchases NGC Software | 12 Dec 03

Honduran apparel manufacturer Confecciones Internacionales SA de CV has purchased the Apparel Management Accounting System (AMAS) and The Production Manager (TPM) from Miami-based software firm New Generation Computing Inc (NGC).

IRELAND: Fruit Of The Loom Eyes A Further 26 Lay-Offs | 21 Nov 03

Apparel maker Fruit of the Loom is seeking axe a further 26 workers at its plant in Buncrana, according to the Irish Times newspaper.

USA: Fayette Cotton Mill To Close, 150 Jobs Lost | 24 Oct 03

Hundreds of textile workers have lost their jobs after a plant which produced yarn for parent company Fruit of the Loom closed down. Officials at Fayette Cotton Mill cited the continued move to offshore manufacturing for the closure of the Alabama underwear weaving plant with the loss of 151 jobs.

IRELAND: Fruit Of The Loom Workers Stage Strike | 23 Oct 03

Hundreds of textile workers at Fruit of the Loom's factory in Donegal began a series of one day strikes on Thursday.

UK: XeBusiness Scoops Major Fruit Of The Loom Deal | 20 Oct 03

Supply chain solution provider XeBusiness on Monday announced it had won a major contract with apparel giant Fruit of the Loom which will see its system installed at a plant in Morocco.

Decorative effects | 14 Oct 03

Introducing decorative effects to garments immediately adds value and makes them stand out - so it is not surprising that there is increasing interest in the relevant technology. Here, Niki Tait looks at some of the latest developments in heat transfer, ultrasonics, digital fabric printing, sewing machines, appliqué and laser cutting equipment.

IRELAND: Fruit Of The Loom Workers To Stage Strike? | 13 Oct 03

Hundreds of workers at clothing firm Fruit of the Loom's factory in Co Donegal were on Sunday reported to be set to go on strike for the first time in 15 years.

USA: Sock Maker Renfro Gives 166 Staff The Boot | 6 Aug 03

Sock producer Renfro Corp has announced plans to axe 166 jobs at a textile plant in Alabama. The company, which makes socks for brands such as Fruit of the Loom and Ducks Unlimited, said the jobs axe will fall on the Pulaski plant's workers who staff its finishing departments. The North Carolina-based firm cited a soft economy and sluggish apparel sales for its decision but added it will continue to employ 370 people at the factory's knitting and dyeing operations.

USA: Fruit Of The Loom Axes Plant, 800 Jobs | 30 Jul 03

Apparel maker Fruit of the Loom on Tuesday announced plans to axe its lplant in Texas with the loss of almost 800 jobs. The Kentucky-based company said the Harlingen factory, in the south of the state, was no longer viable, and will close with its 791 employees laid-off. Fruit of the Loom, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, makes a range of clothing including men's, boys', women's and girls' underwear and intimate apparel along with childrenswear.

UK sportswear sales race ahead | 26 Feb 03

Since the 1980s sports clothing and footwear has shifted from the specialist market into mainstream fashion, and in 2002, UK consumers spent £4.05 billion kitting themselves out with these products. Globalisation, branding and new technologies and designs are driving sales, making this a sector that’s permanently established as an option for leisurewear, active or otherwise.

USA: Warren Buffett Bids $579m For Burlington Industries | 12 Feb 03

Troubled textile giant Burlington Industries Inc on Tuesday said it had accepted a $579 million cash offer from billionaire entrepreneur Warren Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway.

UK: Fruit Of Loom Unveils New European Underwear Range | 2 Dec 02

Apparel giant Fruit of the Loom on Monday announced plans to launch a new European range of men’s underwear next year as part of a wider restructuring of its retail product offer. The company said the new range, which comprises six underpants styles and crew neck and V-neck T-shirts, follows a 150,000 euro research project in four countries and will address the growing demand for branded men’s underwear at an affordable price.

IRELAND: Fruit Of The Loom Installs Laser Fault Detector | 13 Nov 02

Fruit of the Loom is using laser scanners to detect faults imperceptible to the naked eye in the knitted fabrics used for its T-shirt and fleece garment range.

UK: Boffins Develop Knitted Fabrics Fault Scanner | 26 Sep 02

University scientists and clothing giant Fruit of the Loom on Thursday revealed they have developed a state-of-the-art fault detection scanner which will alert textile firms to problems in the fabric knitting process. The scanner uses laser technology to find faults in the fabric with the system then warns staff immediately so the process can be stopped and the problem solved, therefore reducing waste.

Ramatex: Malaysia's leading light | 20 Aug 02

Established as a small family run company more than 20 years ago, Ramatex Berhad is now the largest knitwear firm in Malaysia and one of the country's few vertical textile organisations. Operations include spinning, knitting, dyeing and printing, as well as cut and sew knit garment manufacturing, and the company produces more than 10 per cent of Malaysia’s total yarn exports and 23 per cent of total knitted exports. Niki Tait takes a closer look.

USA: Sportswear Distributor Broder Bros Names New CEO | 5 Aug 02

Wholesale distributor of imprintable sportswear, Broder Bros, on Monday named Babbage’s computer and video game chain co-founder James McCurry as its new CEO.

The Michigan-based company, which carries T-shirts, sweatshirts, corporate casualwear and sweaters and denim, said McCurry will work closely with its president, Vincent Tyra, whose extensive experience includes having served as president of Fruit of the Loom's Retail and Activewear business.

IRELAND: Fruit Of The Loom Axes 60 Jobs | 1 Aug 02

Dozens of workers are set to lose their jobs at the Fruit of the Loom factory in Buncrana, Co Donegal, amid a fall in orders. The Irish Times said the firm is seeking voluntary redundancies for the 60 positions facing the axe and said at its peak it employed more than 2,500 people in Donegal but the figure now is less than 1,000.

EL SALVADOR: Investment Campaign Targets Apparel Firms | 18 Jul 02

PROESA, El Salvador's investment agency, launched a campaign today to promote El Salvador abroad and attract direct foreign investment into the country. It will be the first international promotional effort in the nation's history. The communications effort aims to attract foreign investment in five specific sectors in which El Salvador has competitive advantages, including textiles and apparel, and to double investment flow by 2004.

IRELAND: Soccer Team Scores For Fruit of The Loom | 8 Jul 02

The Irish national soccer team might have been phased out of the recent World Cup, but for Fruit of The Loom the squad remained one of the winners of the contest. For during the course of the championships Fruit of the Loom factories in Derry and Donegal supplied more than ten million T-shirt blanks to companies who subsequently overprinted them with the logos of the various nations taking part in the World Cup competition.

USA: Berkshire Hathaway Completes Fruit Of Loom Deal | 1 May 02

Bankrupt apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom Inc was on Tuesday finally sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc for at least $835 million in cash. Berkshire said it had purchased substantially all of Fruit of the Loom Ltd's business operations and that its acquisition completes the firm's emergence from Chapter 11.

USA: Berkshire, Fruit Of The Loom Deal Gets Go-Ahead | 22 Apr 02

After a 27 months in Chapter 11, bankrupt apparel maker Fruit of the Loom Inc is to be finally sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc for at least $835 million in cash. The deal was finally approved by Judge Peter Walsh in the US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, and should be closed in about 10 days.

USA: Fruit Of The Loom To Post Sharp Sales Slide | 27 Mar 02

Casual clothing giant Fruit of the Loom Ltd expects sales to plunge by $518.4 million - 22 per cent - for 2001 compared to the year-ago period, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The T-shirt and underwear manufacturer said it a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission it will file its annual report within the next 15 days and it expects to post an operating loss of $46m versus an operating loss of $143.2m in fiscal 2000.

USA: Fruit Of The Loom Axes Alabama Plant | 28 Feb 02

Continued weakness in textile and apparel sales has led bankrupt clothing maker Fruit of the Loom Inc to close an additional manufacturing facility located in Fayette, Alabama, with the loss of 290 jobs. Phase down of the facility will begin immediately with a permanent closure completed by 28 April 2002 the company said in a statement.




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