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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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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.


HomeGrown Australian cotton tagged for traceability 9 May 2018

Louis Dreyfus Company, one of the world's largest agricultural commodity merchants, has installed a cotton traceability system at its Moree gin in Australia to tag, test and track pure HomeGrown Australian cotton.


Country Road launches sustainable denim jean 1 May 2018

Australian lifestyle brand Country Road has partnered with Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing on denim garments made from Tencel branded lyocell fibres using Refibra technology, which incorporates cotton scraps.


Boardriders completes Billabong acquisition 24 Apr 2018

Boardriders Inc, a global action sports and lifestyle company that owns the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands, has completed its acquisition of embattled Australian surfwear brand Billabong International.


Mega cotton bollworm threatens global crops 16 Apr 2018

Researchers in Australia have discovered a cotton bollworm and corn earworm hybridization that could threaten crops globally and strip billions of dollars a year from the fibre and food industries.


Australia eco-labelling boosted by TUV Rhineland 10 Apr 2018

German inspection services group TUV Rhineland has expanded its global eco-labelling network to Australia.