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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.


In the money: Worthless Billabong still in choppy waters 28 Aug 2013

Troubled Australian surfwear brand Billabong is attempting to move beyond recent turbulence and onto its turnaround plans, but uncertainty still remains.

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Cotton Australia welcomes findings of water resource study 6 Sep 2018

Cotton Australia has welcomed the findings of a study into the potential of northern Australia’s water resources and its potential to significantly boost the viability of irrigated cropping industries such as cotton.


India footwear and leather suppliers firm up footprint in Australia 4 Sep 2018

A large delegation of Indian footwear and leather suppliers will be present at this year’s three-day Footwear and Leather Show in Melbourne.


Research underway to develop non-creasing cotton 16 Aug 2018

A team of scientists in Australia is working on a project to develop the next generation cotton fibre – which could feature many of the properties of synthetics, such as being stretchy, non-creasing and even waterproof, while retaining its natural fibre feel.


Australia's Cotton On moves towards living wages 3 Aug 2018

Cotton On Group, one of Australia’s largest global apparel retailers has become the latest to adopt a global initiative aimed at achieving a living wage.


Adidas among Europe's most ethical fashion brands 31 Jul 2018

Adidas, G-Star Raw, and Stella McCartney are among Europe's most ethical brands, according to a new ranking that assesses fashion labels on their impact on people, planet and animal rights.


EU starts formal trade negotiations with Australia 25 Jun 2018

The European Commission (EC) has started formal trade negotiations with Australia.


New carbon-based material keeps footwear fresh 22 Jun 2018

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have developed a new carbon-based material they say could revolutionise moisture control in applications as diverse as electronics, packaging, air conditioning – and keeping footwear fresh.


EU to start trade talks with Australia and New Zealand 6 Jun 2018

The European Commission (EC) is to start formal trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.


Zoggs commits to more sustainable swimwear 5 Jun 2018

Australian swimwear brand Zoggs has developed a new apparel collection made with Econyl yarn and says 40% of its 2019 spring/summer swimwear will be manufactured from waste recovered from the ocean.


Sedex expands in Australia to tackle modern slavery 14 May 2018

One of the world’s largest organisations for managing responsible sourcing in supply chains has opened a new office in Australia, in a move that means it will be able to help companies comply with expected new legislation to crack down on modern slavery.