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China’s factories about to pay a lot more in payroll taxes 3 Oct 2018

For years Chinese factories failed to enroll workers onto the country's social insurance scheme. But things could be about to change. From January next year responsibility for collecting payroll taxes will pass from the local social security bureau to local tax authorities, who have the capability and corporate tax data to ensure much better levels of compliance.


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.

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New Look to exit China retail amid poor performance 18 Oct 2018

UK-based fashion retailer New Look has confirmed it is to exit its retail business in China where "performance has been below expectations."


Baoxiniao selects PLM to develop Hazzys brand 4 Oct 2018

Chinese apparel firm Baoxiniao Group has invested in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for the product design and development of its Hazzys brand.


Major Chinese ports to pilot new blockchain technology 27 Sep 2018

Two of the world's busiest ports, Shanghai and Guangdong, will be the first to benefit from new digital supply chain technology backed by artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain thanks to a new joint venture (JV) agreement.


China to slash costs for foreign traders 27 Sep 2018

China has declared it will cut costs for foreign companies that want to trade with it, in the wake of the country's escalating trade spat with the US.


China to cut import tariffs on textiles as US trade war intensifies 27 Sep 2018

China will reduce import tariffs on textiles to 8.4% from 11.5% previously, in a move aimed at easing cost pressure on consumers and companies as the trade war with the US intensifies.


Yuanshang Fashion picks PLM for Sedate brand 24 Sep 2018

Chinese company Yuanshang Fashion has invested in a PLM system for its Sedate women's wear brand in a move it says will solve existing pain points by building standards for merchandising and data management.


China hits back at Trump, slaps tariffs on $60bn of US goods 19 Sep 2018

China has hit back at US President Donald Trump with new tariffs on US$60bn of US goods in response to his move yesterday (18 September) to proceed with new duties on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from the East Asian country.


Invista to add 40,000 tonnes of nylon 6,6 capacity by 2020 13 Sep 2018

US-based fibre producer Invista plans to add 40,000 tonnes of nylon 6,6 polymer capacity at its polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China.


Invista shareholders approve US$1bn China ADN plant 11 Sep 2018

US-based fibre producer Invista has confirmed it is to invest more than US$1bn in a 300,000-tonne adiponitrile (ADN) facility in China after its shareholders agreed to proceed with the project. 


China product orders fall in August on US tariff concerns 5 Sep 2018

China has reported a fall in product orders for August, suggesting the looming trade war threatened by the introduction of tariffs between the East Asian country and the US could already be impacting trade.

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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.