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Apparel benefits most from EU GSP trade schemes 30 Jan 2018

A new report into the European Union's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) trade initiative – under which textiles and apparel make up nearly half of all imports – suggests it continues to have a positive impact on developing economies, but that most beneficiaries still have areas requiring further improvement.


EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply chain 23 Mar 2017

The European Commission (EC) is being urged to bring forward legislation to enhance due diligence for apparel supply chains – and to introduce European Union (EU) tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles and garments.


Digitisation to drive new apparel-making models 20 Oct 2016

Clothing manufacturing will be completely transformed by the internet and digital printing over the next five to ten years, according to industry experts speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on European Textiles: Going Digital – Going High-Tech.


EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts 20 Sep 2016

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada, despite widespread protests in Germany over the weekend.


EU trade trends show 10% rise in clothing imports last year 30 Jun 2016

The latest EU trade trends point to a 10% rise in clothing imports into the EU-28 last year, with double-digit growth for the top two suppliers, China and Bangladesh.

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European project tackles the recycling of coated textiles 12 Mar 2019

A new European Union (EU) funded initiative is underway to try to find ways to recycle multi-layer coated and painted textile and plastic materials, including functional and performance fabrics used in outdoor gear.


EU leadership vital to strengthening global trade 26 Feb 2019

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has welcomed the EU's engagement in conversations aimed at strengthening the body and called for their continued leadership to help address some of the key challenges in global trade, including current trade tensions and the impasse in the WTO's dispute settlement system.


Huntsman steps up technical support for footwear sector 13 Feb 2019

Global chemicals company Huntsman has invested in new equipment in a bid to boost the research and development (R&D) services it offers to footwear producers and their manufacturing partners worldwide.


'Zero tariffs' on agenda for EU-US trade talks 21 Jan 2019

Brussels has set out its negotiating objectives as part of planned EU-US trade talks, with the focus on two points: conformity assessment and the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.


New Look to wind down Belgium operations 18 Jan 2019

The Belgium division of New Look has filed for insolvency as the UK fast fashion retailer continues to review its performance in international markets.


Guess fined US$46m for blocking EU cross-border sales 21 Dec 2018

US based clothing company Guess Inc has been fined EUR40m (US$46m) by the European Commission for restrictive distribution agreements that prevented EU consumers from shopping in other member states – thereby violating EU competition rules.


EU restricts another 33 clothing and textile chemicals 17 Dec 2018

The EU health watchdog has moved to ban or restrict the use of 33 chemicals used in the textile industry which it views as harmful to human health.


Van de Velde names Marleen Vaesen as CEO 13 Dec 2018

Leading lingerie manufacturer and retailer Van de Velde has named Marleen Vaesen as CEO, succeeding Erwin Van Laethem who will leave the company by mutual agreement after two years at the helm.


EU-Japan trade agreement on track for 2019 start 12 Dec 2018

The trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan is on track to enter into force in February 2019 after being approved by the European Parliament.


Alternatives to fluorine textile coatings may be no safer 3 Dec 2018

Findings from a three-year EU life cycle assessment study into the effect fluorine-based product alternatives for textiles has revealed they may be no safer than their original counterpart.