Top stories this week on just-style include a look at new smart fibre and fabric concepts on show at the Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, how the reinstatement of Sri Lanka's GSP+ duty-free trade concession will mainly benefit the country's garment export industry, Cambodia's apparel industry faces a chronic skills shortage, and Shandong Ruyi Technology Group is to invest US$410m in its first facility in North America.

Sri Lanka regains EU duty-free trade concession

The European Union (EU) will this week reinstate Sri Lanka's GSP+ duty-free trade concession, in a move that mainly benefits the country's leading garment export industry.

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017 – Material innovations

A number of new smart fibre and fabric concepts were on show alongside eco-innovations for more sustainable clothing and footwear at last week's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Electro-osmotic membranes, eco-efficient textiles and recycled yarns were among the highlights.  

'Who Made My Clothes?' will redefine fashion supply chains

24 April marked the anniversary of the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In the years since, the incident has sparked a worldwide movement called Fashion Revolution, whose mission is to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.

Cambodia clothing sector faces up to skills gap

Cambodia's apparel industry – of critical importance to its national economy – is struggling to retain experienced workers, which means the sector is facing a chronic skills shortage.

Shandong Ruyi to open first North America facility

Chinese textiles major Shandong Ruyi Technology Group is to invest US$410m opening its first facility in North America.