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Trade tensions weigh on Australian wool prices 26 Jul 2019

Uncertainties surrounding the trade war between the US and China are weighing on Australian wool prices though a reduction in demand from key Chinese buyers.

Supply chain improvements to save Billabong $30m 2 Sep 2015

Australian surfwear company Billabong says it is “making good progress” in its turnaround efforts after posting its first full year profit since 2011 – and has now set its sights on yet more savings from supply chain improvements.

IN THE MONEY: Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments 14 Oct 2014

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.

“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution 10 Dec 2013

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske.

Focus: Australasia key for apparel brands going global 5 Sep 2013

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilience to the financial turmoil which has plagued much of the northern hemisphere has proved to be a key attraction for international retailers, according to Euromonitor International.

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Traceability remains a critical need for cotton industry 2 Dec 2019

Traceability remains top of mind in the cotton sector as consumers continue to demand information on the origin and history of products  – but the ability to identify the source of cotton and verify its path through the supply chain remains a challenge, an industry group has heard.

Australia sourcing panel to focus on transparency 15 Oct 2019

The co-founders of Australian fashion brands ELK and David Jones will take part in a panel discussion exploring transparency in the fashion supply chain at the upcoming International Sourcing Expo Australia. 

Largest Turkish turnout for Australia sourcing show 11 Oct 2019

The largest ever contingent of Turkish apparel and footwear exporters is heading to two key Australian trade shows next month as they look to increase their market share in the southern hemisphere country.

Kathmandu to acquire Rip Curl in US$233m deal 2 Oct 2019

New Zealand outdoor apparel retailer Kathmandu has struck a deal to acquire Australian surfwear clothing and equipment brand Rip Curl for AUS$350m (US$233m).

Defence tech to turn "take-make-dispose" economy sustainable 30 Sep 2019

Security Matters (SMX), an Australian-listed Israeli tech solutions company, has a solution used in security and defence that can help reduce the volume of garments and textiles that are incinerated or landfilled every year.

Weartek picks PLM to optimise workflow 13 Sep 2019

Performance workwear specialist Weartek has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help to streamline its workflows.

Laser printing produces new waterproof e-textiles 12 Sep 2019

Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed what they say is a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly producing waterproof smart fabrics.

Drought set to weigh on Australian wool production 27 Aug 2019

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has warned that continuing drought conditions across large parts of Australia are expected to cause a 12.7% drop in shorn wool production for 2018/19.

Outland Denim partners with Global Fashion Agenda 28 Jun 2019

Australian denim brand Outland Denim has become the latest company to join Global Fashion Agenda's Associate Partners circle, supporting the organisation's mission to make the fashion industry sustainable.

IEC Group launches Global Sourcing Shows Australia 18 Jun 2019

International trade show organiser International Exhibition and Conference Group Pty Ltd (IEC Group) has launched a new banner to bring together its platforms for global sourcing in Australia.