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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.

The CSR risk in Chinese overseas clothing factories 13 Dec 2017

Research into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of China’s textile and garment enterprises as they expand overseas has uncovered a number of shortfalls in Chinese-invested factories in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Innovation is the key to successful sustainability 29 Nov 2017

Innovations in boosting sustainability in the textile and clothing sector and beyond were highlighted at this year's annual Integral Conversation conference, hosted again by Hong Kong shirt specialist Esquel Group in Guilin in southern China.

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What is the future of Asia-Pacific's 'new retail'? 22 Jun 2018

The future of Asia-Pacific’s retail landscape will force a fundamental change in the way Asian companies are structured, managed and do business, according to a new report.

Trump threatens China with new $200bn import tariffs 19 Jun 2018

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."

China cotton futures purchases add to market uncertainty 18 Jun 2018

Cotton industry analysts say the clothing industry should not overreact to a major hike in Chinese cotton futures contracts after years of stockpiling the fibre by China buyers – even though they accept market uncertainty has been driving up prices.

Google invests $550m in e-commerce giant 18 Jun 2018

Tech behemoth Google is to invest US$550m in Chinese e-commerce giant in a move aimed at exploring the creation of next generation retail infrastructure solutions.

Coats deploys analytics tool to improve performance 13 Jun 2018

Industrial thread maker Coats has deployed a new analytics tool at its manufacturing facility in China in a move aimed at identifying opportunities to improve and streamline operations across the group's global business.

Alibaba invests $1.38bn to boost logistics capability 31 May 2018

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba and its logistics arm Cainiao Network Technology are investing US$1.38bn in courier firm ZTO Express in a move that will boost the group’s logistics capability in the highly competitive domestic market.

Viscose giant Sateri axes two controversial suppliers 22 May 2018

Chinese viscose producer Sateri has terminated business with two suppliers for sourcing wood pulp from potentially endangered or ancient forests.

Lenzing to produce new eco-friendly viscose fibre in China 15 May 2018

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has announced its new brand of eco-friendly viscose fibre – EcoVero – is to be produced at the firm's Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) facility in China, one of only two locations worldwide to produce the brand.

EEKA selects PLM to manage made-to-measure 9 May 2018

Chinese apparel company EEKA Fashion Corp, which specialises in made-to-measure (MTM) women’s clothing, has invested in a PLM system to support its new MTM strategy and streamline the product development process.

Chinese firms collaborate on textile chemicals stewardship 1 May 2018

A group of 25 firms involved in various aspects of the Chinese textile supply chain have joined forces to commit to establishing chemical management and risk control systems through the 2020 Chemical Stewardship strategy.

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.