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China apparel makers well prepared for US trade war 21 Aug 2019

The intensifying trade war between the US and China is proving to be an opportunity for some larger Chinese clothing manufacturing firms who have been building capacity overseas, notably in Southeast Asia – especially Vietnam.


Does latest US trade data point to China's fall from grace? 7 Aug 2019

At the halfway point of 2019, the fallout of the China-US trade spat on US apparel imports is starting to surface. Growth in shipment volumes from Vietnam and Bangladesh outpaced that of China in the first six months of the year – but imports from China are still edging up and the country's share of the market is virtually unchanged.


China textile production hikes up ahead of US tariffs 6 Aug 2019

Chinese upstream yarn and fibre producers are ramping up production as fears grow that the trade war with the US will hurt exports of apparel and other textile products. 


China’s textile leadership continues in new machinery trends 31 Jul 2019

For all the talk of China’s weakening role as a global apparel supplier, one thing’s for sure: it looks set to continue its dominance of the international textile industry. Indeed, new data shows the country remained the world's largest investor in spinning, texturing, weaving and knitting machinery last year.


China's eco-tax reins in polluting textile manufacturers 18 Mar 2019

The introduction of an environmental protection tax in China just over a year ago has pushed up the price of textiles produced in the country – thereby increasing costs for Chinese clothing manufacturers, experts have told just-style.

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Renegotiate prices now to cut China tariff impact 19 Aug 2019

Importers are being advised that they have just weeks to renegotiate prices with their vendors if they want to minimise the impact of new tariffs on imports from China.


China currency move adds to US trade war fears 13 Aug 2019

Last week’s decision by the US to formally label China a currency manipulator is likely to lead to a hardening in the trade dispute between the two countries, and slower expansion in both economies, experts have warned.


US apparel imports from China get cheaper while Asia rises 12 Aug 2019

Threats of looming tariffs on apparel imports from China have seen sourcing costs spike for US fashion brands looking to alternative destinations such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and India. But unit prices on products from China have fallen in the first half of this year.


China vows retaliatory action on Trump tariffs 6 Aug 2019

China has reportedly vowed to retaliate with countermeasures if the US follows through with plans for fresh tariffs on US$300bn worth of goods from the beginning of September.


Ruyi to list Lycra on new tech stock market, eyes Asia growth 29 Jul 2019

Shandong Ruyi Group, the Chinese owner of the Lycra Company, is to list the unit's shares on the Science and Technology Innovation Board (STIB) in a bid to drive growth in Asia.


Alibaba opens B2B platform for US small businesses 24 Jul 2019

China-based B2B e-commerce marketplace Alibaba.com has opened its platforms to allow US businesses to sell their products to global buyers.


China clothing exporters to benefit from 'Belt and Road' 15 Jul 2019

China's clothing and footwear sectors are likely to be among the biggest beneficiaries of Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI), with its hubs and transport links opening up the supply chain to new markets and improving routes into existing ones.


Calares inks new JV to boost China distribution 9 Jul 2019

Footwear retailer Caleres has inked a deal to expand the distribution of its brands in Greater China – including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan – through a new international joint venture (JV).


New viscose fibre made from recycled cotton textiles 1 Jul 2019

Chinese viscose producer Tangshan Sanyou has managed to produce viscose staple fibre from 50% post-consumer recycled cotton textiles on an industrial scale, in a move that helps move the industry away from harvesting virgin forests, cotton fields or oil wells as the source of its raw materials.


Crocs to cut China production amid tariff threat 12 Jun 2019

US footwear firm Crocs says the potential impact of any new US tariffs on footwear imports from China will see it cut the amount of US product sourced from China by more than two-thirds over the next year.

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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.