The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Taiwanese textile and apparel conglomerate Far Eastern New Century Corp has earmarked US$760m to develop a supply chain for fabrics and garments in Vietnam. A new facility is expected to begin operations in the first half of this year, boosting production by one million dozen garments per year, rising to two million dozen in year two. The capacity expansion plans are parts of the company's investment project in the country, which has a budget of $760m. TAIPEI TIMES
  • Around 60 garment workers at a factory in Cambodia's Phnom Penh's Por Senchey district fainted on 20 March, the third incident in a week. The employees of Tien Sung Garment Company were said to have collapsed due to poor air quality in the factory. Pon Vanthach, vice-president of the Labor Ministry's occupational safety and health department, said the factory had failed to improve the environment for workers despite government intervention after the first fainting reports last week. KHMER TIMES

  • New Chinese investments in the field of textiles are coming soon to Egypt's Suez Canal economic region, an Egyptian official has said. Ahmed Darwish, head of the SCZone, said during a business conference that a number of investment contracts would be signed iwith Chinese international firms. The Zone has become largely attractive to investors, particularly those from China. CHINA DAILY

  • Textile manufacturers in Indonesia, especially those from Central Java, are looking at expanding their market in the Middle East, according to the Indonesian Textile Association (API). The US, China and Japan are currently the main export markets for Indonesian textiles. Manufacturers from Central Java are yet to explore the Middle East market where textile products from the province have been in demand. ANTARA

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