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Who will hurt most from US tariffs on Chinese clothing? 15 Aug 2018

The threat of tariffs being imposed on all goods imported into the US from China would be a "credit negative" for the US apparel and footwear sector, leading to higher costs and gross margin pressures for up to two years until companies adjust their sourcing patterns.

What does the future hold for Made in China? 29 Jun 2018

Trade wars between the US and China are ramping up – but China's role within the global apparel supply chain is already weakening and retailers are increasingly turning to other countries for their clothing needs. So what does the future hold for 'Made in China'?

Machinery trends confirm China's textile leadership 8 Jun 2018

China looks set to continue its dominance of the global textile industry, with new data showing the country remained by far the world’s largest investor in spinning, texturing, weaving and knitting machinery last year.

Esquel elevates green credentials with new Chinese facility 5 Jun 2018

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group, the world's largest woven shirt maker, has been bedding-in operations at a ground-breaking new $313.3m manufacturing complex launched in March. With a focus on sustainability, the Chinese facility is starting with the supply of premier blended cotton yarns, with a garment factory to follow – as CEO John Cheh tells just-style.

Winners and losers of a Trump tariff on China garments 22 Mar 2018

As President Donald Trump prepares to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports into the United States – which could include apparel and footwear – David Birnbaum takes a look at the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade.

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Belle Group drives digital supply chain with PLM 14 Aug 2018

Leading Chinese footwear and sportswear retailer Belle International Holdings is driving the digital transformation of its supply chain with a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.

Stahl teams up on new synthetic printing solutions 13 Aug 2018

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl is working with HP Latex Inks to increase the durability and sustainability of printed synthetics used in products such as shoes and apparel.

RCEP mega free trade deal edges closer to agreement 10 Aug 2018

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a so-called mega free trade deal, is edging closer to a year-end agreement.

Invista invests US$1bn in world-scale ADN China plant 9 Aug 2018

US-based fibre producer Invista has begun work to bring its latest Adiponitrile (ADN) technology to China in a US$1bn investment to satisfy what strong, local demand for the intermediate chemical, which is a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 fibres and plastics.

Skechers China chooses PLM for product development 9 Aug 2018

Skechers China, the Chinese division of the global footwear brand Skechers, has selected a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to help drive future growth and support its expanding apparel business.

China's latest tariff threat brings clothing into the fray 6 Aug 2018

China has threatened to impose new tariffs of up to 25% on around $60bn of US imports – bringing clothing items into the worsening trade war for the first time.

Levi Strauss, Tesco join Green Supply Chain Map 2 Aug 2018

Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co and supermarket retailer Tesco are among the latest companies to join a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.

Chinese factories lag on environmental compliance 25 Jul 2018

Despite ongoing fears of an escalation in trade conflict between the US and China, the latest data shows demand for quality inspection and supplier audits in the manufacturing giant are still on the rise.

Dry-Tex innovation lab to develop "never-before-seen" fabrics 25 Jul 2018

Chinese textile giant Dry-Tex has opened an innovation lab in response to the outdoor market’s demand for more exciting fabrics.

China unveils new policies to stimulate economic growth 24 Jul 2018

China has announced a raft of measures to boost the country’s economic growth and stimulate demand, citing "uncertainty", just days after trade tensions with the US threatened to escalate.

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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.