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

  • A fire broke out at a garment factory in North Karachi, India, in the late hours of 26 September. All workers were evacuated from the factory, which was severely affected by the fire. No casualties were reported. THE NEWS (PAKISTAN)
  • Denmark's Spectre Garment Technologies Company Limited has opened a factory in Vietnam's northern province of Nam Dinh to produce outdoor sportswear. The factory, covering an area of 7,000 sq.m, has a total investment capital of over US$5m. There are plans to expand the factory next year with an additional investment capital of around $1m, the company says. VIETNAM NEWS
  • Pakistan's value-added textile sector has urged the government to clear billions of rupees in refund claims under the technology up-gradation fund (TUF) that has been stuck for the past two years. TUF was introduced under the textile policy for 2009-2014, while the industry was asked to submit refund claims till 31 August, 2015. Exporters say they had timely submitted their claims with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for mark-up and investment supports. THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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