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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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Australian cotton makes green progress but carbon emissions grow 6 May 2020

A new sustainability report from Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Cooperation shows the industry has made progress in some areas such as water reduction but needs improvement in other areas such as carbon emissions, which increased in the five years to 2019.

Australia’s wool industry battles the Covid-19 storm 4 May 2020

Wool producers in Australia are stockpiling wool and avoiding auction sales as they battle a downturn in prices and demand.

Baptist World Aid sets six Covid Fashion Commitments 29 Apr 2020

Baptist World Aid Australia (BWAA) is calling on fashion companies to commit to six commitments designed to support workers in global supply chains.

AWEX decides against changes to mulesing definitions 2 Apr 2020

Following months of deliberations, the Australian Wool Exchange has decided not to make any changes to the National Wool Declaration's (NWD) current definitions for non-mulesed and mulesed wool.

Online pattern library launches for custom sportswear 20 Mar 2020

An Australian online pattern company claims to be the first business of its kind to provide custom sportswear companies access to thousands of commercial ready, premium western sized clothing patterns that can be downloaded for immediate use.

Nanollose and Grasim team up on "tree-free" fibres 31 Jan 2020

Australian biotechnology company Nanollose is teaming up with leading man-made cellulosic fibre producer Grasim Industries to commercialise its eco-friendly and sustainable "tree-free" fibres.

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).