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Bangladesh factories operate despite lockdown

Bangladesh has ordered thousands of clothing factories to continue production throughout a 10-day countrywide lockdown in force since Thursd...

India lockdown of little impact as orders dumped

The three-week lockdown ordered by the Indian government from Wednesday (25 March) to contain the spread of the coronavirus will have a limi...

Bangladesh garment sector needs global support

Bangladesh’s apparel industry is in gridlock, with millions of jobs at risk as orders are frozen or cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic....

Philippines prepares for garment industry roadmap

The Philippines department of trade and industry is finalising a roadmap to revive the textile and garment industry....

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Lever Style realigns as the "go-to supplier" for digital brands 2 Mar 2020

Leonie Barrie

Fuelled by new investment from its recent listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, fashion supply chain manager Lever Style is realigning its business model to be the product engine for rising e-commerce brands – as executive chairman Stanley Szeto explains.

Novetex puts a positive spin on textile waste – Interview 5 Feb 2020

Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based yarn spinner Novetex Textiles is leading the charge towards sustainability with a HK$15m (US$1.9m) investment to help scale up a process developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to upcycle textile waste into yarns that can be reused to make garments. Chairman Ronna Chao explains more.

Latest News

How Asia supplier countries are responding to coronavirus 26 Mar 2020

Leonie Barrie

Garment workers in global supply chains are especially exposed to risks linked to the global Covid-19 crisis, but how are the governments in key production countries in Asia responding?

Myanmar Covid-19 fund unlikely to cushion garment jobs 25 Mar 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The government of Myanmar has unveiled an initial US$70m stimulus package to cushion the blow of the coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy, but sources suggest it might not be enough to save "tens of thousands" of garment workers who are likely to find themselves out of a job in the near future.

Bangladesh Accord suspends inspections amid pandemic 25 Mar 2020

Michelle Russell

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says it has suspended all inspections and educational activities in its factories in order to protect the health of its employees amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

BGMEA chief warns of unrest if Bangladesh orders cancelled 24 Mar 2020

Hannah Abdulla

The president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged international apparel brands not to delay shipments or cancel orders, warning that to do so could result in factories failing to pay workers and subsequently create social unrest across the country.

Founding family bids US$930m to privatise Li & Fung 20 Mar 2020

Beth Wright

Global sourcing and logistics giant Li & Fung has received an offer worth US$930.7m to take the company private by a group controlled by the founding Fung family.

Coronavirus adds to testing times for India apparel exporters 18 Mar 2020

Leonie Barrie

Subdued demand in key markets due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus is weighing on Indian apparel and cotton exporters, with concerns over working capital and liquidity as orders are postponed.

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