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COMMENT: Government giveaways stifle garment industry growth 12 Aug 2014

Governments have a vital role to play in supporting the modern industrial economy, but in many garment-exporting countries this positive support is both lacking and counter-productive. Based on his work in the Dominican Republic, David Birnbaum suggests government giveaways make change even more difficult.

Gildan Activewear forges ahead with expansion 18 Sep 2013

Facing up to capacity constraint issues that have been weighing on sales and the availability of certain products, apparel maker Gildan Activewear is forging ahead with its expansion plans.

Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, founder and president, Grupo M 31 Jul 2012

With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Spotlight on...Grupo M stitches growth with Haiti 28 Jan 2011

Leading Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is growing fast by applying its technical expertise to neighbouring Haiti, where the Haitian Economic Lift Program is opening up new prospects for trade with the US. Jozef De Coster reports.

Does DR's textile and apparel future lie in Haiti? 20 Jan 2011

Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti: two countries, each with 10m inhabitants and situated on the same island (Hispaniola), yet worlds apart when it comes to per capita income, human development, political stability and sustainability. The differences extend to their textile and apparel industries too, as Jozef De Coster finds out.

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Dominican Republic apparel scheme still fails to lift exports 4 Oct 2017

A scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic is still not providing enough incentives to make a difference, according to an annual review.

Dominican Republic scheme fails to lift apparel exports 1 Aug 2016

A scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic is not providing enough incentives to make a difference, according to an annual review. 

Grupo M implements PLM to improve processes 16 May 2016

Grupo M, the largest garment factory in the Dominican Republic, is implementing PLM to help drive innovation and efficiency for its growing business.

US and Dominican Republic import scheme "still failing" 27 Jul 2015

The Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP), designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic, is continuing to fail six years after implementation, according to an annual review.

UPDATE: US: Wolverine to close Dominican Republic factories 9 Oct 2013

US footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has decided to pull out of its facilities in the Dominican Republic, which primarily produce products under its namesake and Sebago brands.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Apparel scheme fails to lift US exports 29 Jul 2013

A US trade preference programme designed to help boost the competitiveness of apparel exports from the Dominican Republic provides "too few incentives".

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Grupo M and Blue River Denim set up 'Laundry Lab' 10 Jul 2012

Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is teaming up with Los Angeles based premium laundry and finisher Blue River Denim to upscale the finishes of denim, twill and knit products coming out of its DR/Haiti co-production model.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Trouser programme provides "few incentives" 5 Aug 2011

A trade programme designed to help trouser producers in the Dominican Republic by allowing them to ship certain cotton bottoms made from a third-country fabric to the United States duty-free, appears to provide too few incentives an investigation has found.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: GrupoM makes CAD investment 12 Apr 2011

GrupoM, the Dominican Republic-based manufacturer of woven and knit apparel, has invested in new pattern making, grading and marker making software to help improve the time and cost of production.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hohenstein Institute opens new office 7 Apr 2010

Textile testing and certification body the Hohenstein Institute has extended its presence to the CAFTA region with the opening of a new office in the Dominican Republic.