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Worker exploitation in India's home-based garment sector 4 Feb 2019

Home-based garment workers in India are "invisible" and "exploited" by major fashion retailers in the United States and European Union, according to a new in-depth survey – which also suggests brands should acknowledge their presence in supply chains as a first step to improving working conditions.

Gaps remain in India's move towards sustainability 12 Feb 2018

India's textile and garment industry is making strides in ensuring ethical compliance and environmental standards in its factories. Yet gaps still exist, and filling these will be key if it is to reach its full potential, cement long-term relationships with brands, and compete more effectively in Asia.

Unravelling the Indian garment export anomaly 8 Dec 2017

How is it possible that an industry that, for all practical purposes, is dominated by a single season can become one of the world's largest garment exporters? David Birnbaum takes a closer look at the Indian garment anomaly.

India clothing export boss hails new sustainability scheme 15 Aug 2017

The chairman of India's Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has told just-style how a new national sustainability programme should help Indian clothing exporters become more competitive.

Next steps for India as an international sourcing hub? 6 Jul 2017

India's hopes of capturing more business within the international textile and clothing market lie in expanding its man-made fibre (MMF) production – combined with innovative product design, improved labour laws, quick delivery systems and drastically improved logistics, experts say.

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India apparel exports grow 7.17% in February 20 Mar 2019

India's exports of readymade garments rose 7.17% during February 2019 compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, making it one of five major commodity export groups to show positive growth year-on-year.

India textile, apparel exports up 2% 7 Mar 2019

Indian textile and apparel exports have grown 2% to US$27.2bn in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 according to new data.

ITL aids on-site M&S label production in India 7 Mar 2019

Apparel label business ITL Intelligent Label Solutions has established a new production facility at Poppy’s Knitwear PVT Ltd's Tirupur plant which will produce all of the Indian knitwear manufacturer’s labels for Marks & Spencer and mark a major step in its bid to create a vertically integrated supply chain.

India, Turkey apparel execs quell concerns of US trade preference withdrawal 6 Mar 2019

Trade associations for the Indian and Turkish apparel sectors appear unmoved by the US' threats to pull access to a trade preference scheme that allows them to send certain goods, including apparel, to the country duty-free.

Aditya Birla's Grasim acquires Söktas India 6 Mar 2019

Indian textile and viscose staple fibre manufacturer Grasim Industries – part of conglomerate Aditya Birla Group – has acquired the Indian arm of Söktas, a Turkish manufacturer of shirting fabric for Rs.165 crore (US$23.5m).

India plans WTO-compliant measures to boost textile exports 20 Feb 2019

India is reportedly set to announce World Trade Organisation (WTO) compliant measures to boost its export of apparel and textiles and bring its exporters to a level playing field with those in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Arvind lays claim to India’s largest rooftop solar project 13 Feb 2019

Indian denim major Arvind Limited has revealed plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30% with the installation of rooftop solar projects across its Ahmedabad, Santej and Bangalore facilities and by shifting from coal to renewable biomass for boilers. 

India eyes 10% growth in leather and footwear exports 7 Feb 2019

India is eyeing leather export growth of 9-10% on an annual basis over the next two years, according to new figures from the Council for Leather Exports (CLE).

New code to help southern India factories tackle harassment 8 Jan 2019

A new voluntary code of conduct has been introduced in sourthern India requiring clothing factories to stop putting teenage girls on night shifts in a bid to stop sexual harassment.

Stahl seminars add to leather supply chain sustainability in India 19 Dec 2018

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has hosted a series of sustainability seminars in India to discuss issues around safety, housekeeping and water effluent.