The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • Over 300 textile tanneries in the Indian city of Erode have been ordered to shut down after complaints about waste being discharged into the local river. District revenue officer R Ganesh said it has taken stringent action by closing more than 150 unlicensed textile dyeing and bleaching units. Ganesh has issued orders for the closure of 28 tanneries, 100 textile dyeing and 200 textile bleaching facilities in the area. THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE
  • The Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) has signed an agreement to supply the Pakistan Textile City with 50 megawatts (MW) of uninterrupted power. KESC will increase the power supply in the second and third phase to reach 250 MW. The Pakistan Textile City will improve the competitiveness of the country's textile industry and therefore enhance Pakistan's earning potential, employment opportunities and skill development, according to chairman Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig. THE NATION
  • Brother Industries is to begin manufacturing industrial sewing machines in Vietnam from May 2014 as it looks to capitalise on low labour costs and enhance competitiveness. It will create a local subsidiary that will build a facility east of Hanoi, employing 400 people. The plant will ship sewing machines to Asian destinations outside China. NIKKEI
  • A Nike contract manufacturer in the Guangdong province of China has cut the number of employees from 13,000 to 4,000 over the last five years because of increasing competition. Wages in Guangdong are around $500 a month - compared to $300 in Indonesia and $250 in Vietnam. If the company had kept 10,000 workers, it would have to charge Nike an extra CNY2m (US$321,324) a month because of higher wages. THE CHINA PERSPECTIVE
  • The operations of Liberty Shoes' leather finishing unit in Haryana, India were disrupted last week after a fire broke out. However, the company said damages caused by the fire appear to be insignificant in terms of revenue and operational losses. The leather finishing division, which was set up to complement the manufacturer's outsourcing requirement of finished leather, contributes less than 2% to the entire operations of Liberty Shoes. SAMACHAR.COM