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China clothing factories struggling to get back on track 20 Feb 2020

China’s clothing and textile makers are struggling to get back on track amid the continuing novel coronavirus epidemic – telling just-style that quarantined workers, travel restrictions and material delays are disrupting production and causing ongoing uncertainty.

Coronavirus shaking up China’s apparel supply chain 11 Feb 2020

China based analysts are raising concerns that the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak will disrupt supplies of apparel to major international fashion brands.

US apparel import prices from China slip 4.6% in 2019 10 Feb 2020

China has once again come up trumps when it comes to the most competitively priced US apparel supplier, with its per-unit cost for clothing falling 4.6% during 2019.

What does the coronavirus mean for US apparel and retail? 3 Feb 2020

In this China update for just-style, Rick Helfenbein looks at some of the concerns surrounding the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, and asks: "What does Wuhan mean for our industry?"

Is coronavirus a threat to the clothing industry? 30 Jan 2020

Concerns are rising over the coronavirus outbreak in China – but what is its potential impact on global fashion retailers and their supply chains?

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China factory activity rebounds in March but orders fall 2 Apr 2020

After deteriorating at the quickest pace on record in February, factory activity in China rebounded in March – but orders fell as the pandemic worsened across the rest of the world.

Eurofins Softlines & Leather expands testing capabilities in China 2 Apr 2020

Testing firm Eurofins Softlines and Leather has expanded its capabilities in China, saying the move demonstrates its commitment to the market despite global uncertainty as a result of Covid-19.

China exports hit as coronavirus spreads across the globe 1 Apr 2020

A textile trade body in China has said the number of firms cancelling export orders is growing by the day, leading to increasing pressure on upstream firms' supply chains.

China's Gomino selects PLM for product development 1 Apr 2020

Chinese leatherwear firm Zhejiang Gomino Clothing is standardising its product development with a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.

Sateri scales new viscose fibre made from textile waste 18 Mar 2020

Chinese viscose producer Sateri claims to have produced a new viscose fibre regenerated from textile waste on a commercial scale.

China manufacturing slump could hit global exports by $50bn 12 Mar 2020

The slowdown of manufacturing in China due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak could result in a US$50bn drop in global exports, the UN's trade and development agency says.

Industry voices concern over Xinjiang labour abuses 11 Mar 2020

A coalition of trade bodies representing US apparel and footwear brands and retailers has expressed its concern over continuing reports of alleged forced labour practices in China's Xinjiang province – and is calling on the US government to help find a solution that protects the right of workers and the integrity of global supply chains.

Coronavirus impacting Puma sales not supply chain 11 Mar 2020

Puma says its global supply chain is in the clear with regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, adding it is not currently at risk apart from minor delays.

Intertextile Shenzhen 2020 rebrands and expands to new venue 10 Mar 2020

The newly rebranded Intertextile Shenzhen Apparel Fabrics (formerly Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen) will take place this summer, with more than 2,000 exhibitors expected to attend. 

Supply chains in China see huge disruptions on coronavirus 9 Mar 2020

Supply chains in China have seen significant disruption over the last month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the latest data from supply chain tech company Tradeshift.

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Apparel supply concerns hit as coronavirus impact builds 17 Feb 2020

Novel coronavirus (now officially named 2019-nCo) is continuing to shake up China’s supply chain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 17 February 2020 there have been 71,329 confirmed cases in 26 countries – with by far the majority (70,635) in China.

Toxic-free fashion leaders 19 Mar 2015

Esprit and Benetton have been quick off the mark to celebrate their ratings as “Detox leaders” in this year’s “Detox Catwalk” rankings. The online platform is designed to assess fashion brands’ records on removing toxic chemicals from the supply chain, and has just been published for the second time.

China's competitiveness success 8 Aug 2014

If evidence were needed as to how China's competitiveness is holding up, look no further than the latest US apparel import data.