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Skills deficit the top challenge for EU clothing sector 20 Jun 2019

Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce is the European textile and clothing sector's biggest challenge, according to speakers at the annual general assembly of Euratex, the European textile and clothing industry association. 


Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion 16 Apr 2019

With a "staggering" 73% of materials used for clothing sent to landfill or incinerated, and less than 1% of the fibres recycled, Ecopreneur.eu, the European Sustainable Business Federation, is calling for decisive policy measures to create a framework to foster the move to a circular fashion economy.


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.

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New EU guidance on the use of cords and drawstrings 14 Aug 2019

The European Commission (EC) has published new guidance on the use of cords and drawstrings in children’s clothing, answering a number of questions to help retailers display and style garments correctly. 


PurFi circular fibre process poised for global expansion 7 Aug 2019

A US company that produces high-end yarns and filaments from textile waste streams is set for global expansion after agreeing a new joint venture with a textile manufacturing and finishing firm in Belgium.


EU-Mercosur reach landmark free trade deal 3 Jul 2019

The EU and South American economic bloc Mercosur — comprising Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay — have concluded talks on a trade deal following 20 years of negotiations, a move the representative association for European textiles says will result in much bigger business opportunities.


New Euratex president outlines future focus 20 Jun 2019

Newly appointed European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) president, Alberto Paccanelli, has outlined his vision for the organisation, which includes working with all member organisations to steer the organisation into the future.


Study finds sustainable sourcing front of mind for retailers 12 Jun 2019

Sustainability has been found to be a core factor for EU retailers when it comes to product sourcing, according to findings in a new study by the International Trade Centre.


Industry-wide push for EU circular policy change 31 May 2019

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is to lead an industry-wide effort to kick-start a European policy framework that accelerates the circular economy in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.


EU threatens new US tariffs in ongoing subsidy row 18 Apr 2019

The European Commission has identified US$20bn worth of US imports on which it could impose additional tariffs in a tit-for-tat reaction to proposed measures outlined by Washington earlier this month – but while handbags and cotton are listed, other textiles and clothing are not.


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.