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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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China's SC Fashion picks PLM for product development 7 Dec 2018

China-based apparel manufacturer SC Fashion has invested in a PLM system to better communicate with brand partners and more efficiently manage product development.


Global Brands Group divests China business amid H1 loss 3 Dec 2018

Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group (GBG) has sold its kids apparel business in China and is preparing to embark on a substantial restructuring programme as it revealed falling sales and a net loss in the first six months of the year.


Chinese viscose sustainability roadmap "short on ambition" 28 Nov 2018

A three-year roadmap set out by ten of China's largest viscose fibre producers to improve sustainability from sourcing to production, has been described as short on ambition and will not meet NGO requirements.


Open standards to boost ‘Belt and Road’ connectivity 21 Nov 2018

Beijing's 'One Belt One Road' initiative, linking China with Europe, is already having a major impact on Chinese and global textile and clothing trade. Plans to introduce open standards and increase harmonisation will play a fundamental role in pushing it forward, according to Craig Zhang, an expert at inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS.


China exports accelerate ahead of further tariffs 13 Nov 2018

China's exports to the US were up by more than 15% in October, which analysts believe is a result of American businesses rushing to import goods ahead of the implementation of an increased tariff rate in January.


Fung Retailing inks lifestyle brands deal with Alibaba 6 Nov 2018

Fung Retailing Limited has joined forces with Alibaba to help global brands expand their foothold in the China market by integrating the former’s brand and supply chain resources with the Chinese online giant’s big data and technology.


JD.com partners to open blockchain research lab 6 Nov 2018

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has launched a joint research lab for blockchain technologies in a move aimed at helping improve transparency in the supply chain and delivering greater peace of mind to Chinese consumers about product quality and safety.


Lenzing to acquire remaining stake in China subsidiary 24 Oct 2018

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing Group is to acquire the remaining 30% stake in its Chinese subsidiary Lenzing Nanjing Fibers Co (LNF).


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.

Latest blogs

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.