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A trade war between the US and China could begin with cotton 13 Oct 2017

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway this week as part of the Trump administration’s probe into China’s intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.


Still no apparel sourcing alternatives to China 19 Sep 2017

While China might have passed its zenith as the dominant player in apparel sourcing, the country's indispensable role is expected to remain for some time to come, according to a new survey of supply chain executives.


China's share of EU clothing imports continues to slip 8 Jun 2017

The leading position of China as textile and apparel supplier to the EU has continued to be eroded by the increasingly vigorous entry of other production zones, a new report shows.


China leads US apparel sources with falling prices 20 Feb 2017

For all the claims that US apparel buyers are seeking alternative sources to China amid concerns it is losing its competitiveness, new data suggests otherwise, with the country's prices lower now than six years ago.


The Flanarant – Is China about to burst its apparel trade bubble? 10 Jan 2017

For the past six years China's clothing producers have retained their dominance of world apparel manufacturing despite widespread forecasts of imminent collapse. At its peak share in 2009, China accounted for 42.3% of America's apparel imports; in the first nine months of 2016 this was almost unchanged at 41.2%. However, Mike Flanagan believes China's apparel exports now face a serious threat – from the Chinese government.

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China cuts tariffs on cashmere clothes to lower costs 24 Nov 2017

China has said it will cut import tariffs on a range of consumer products, including cashmere garments, in a bid to lower costs and help stimulate domestic consumer spending.


Shandong Ruyi takes majority stake in Bagir 23 Nov 2017

Chinese textile major Shandong Ruyi has bought a majority stake in Israel-based tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group, marking the third acquisition for the company in the last two months. Bagir doubled in value on the news as its share price jumped 118% to 3 pence.


China reaffirms waste import ban amid trade talks 16 Nov 2017

China has reaffirmed its commitment to ban imports of a variety of solid waste to the country, including textile waste, as World Trade Organization (WTO) members discussed trade concerns at their annual committee meeting.


Ever-Glory delivers solid Q3 earnings and sales 14 Nov 2017

China's Every-Glory International has booked a solid third-quarter as both income and sales delivered year-on-year growth, boosted by the group’s retail division, new fashion collections and continued store network optimisation.


US textile industry praises China NME decision 6 Nov 2017

The group representing the US textile industry has praised the Trump administration’s recent decision reaffirming China’s non-market economy status for assessing anti-dumping duties – and now wants even more aggressive enforcement to crack down on what it believes are unfair trade practices.


Urban Revivo picks PLM to manage growth, boost efficiency 3 Nov 2017

Chinese fast fashion retailer UR (Urban Revivo) has invested in a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help manage growth and boost efficiency.


Second Stahl centre of excellence to focus on performance coatings 1 Nov 2017

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl says its second centre of excellence in China – which will focus on performance coatings for the apparel industry - will be completed in September of next year.


China closes 80,000 factories in air pollution crackdown 27 Oct 2017

The Chinese Government is understood to have shut down tens of thousands of factories, including garment and textile facilities, in an unprecedented crackdown on air pollution.


Lululemon targets health conscious Chinese millennials 18 Oct 2017

Yogawear retailer Lululemon Athletica is attempting to exploit an opportunity to expand its presence across China as the country's younger population begins to show signs it is becoming more health conscious.


Levi Strauss has greenest textile supply chain in China 16 Oct 2017

Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co has been named as the apparel company with the greenest supply chain in China according to an evaluation of 248 global brands.

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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.