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Malaysia makers to focus on quality to achieve growth 19 Feb 2013

Malaysia's textile and clothing industry is planning to focus on three key areas - higher value fashion, dyeing and finishing, and technical textiles - to sustain strong growth and continue to compete with significantly lower-cost competition elsewhere in Asia.

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Rising spending power boosts Malaysia apparel exports  16 Aug 2016

Malaysia’s textile and apparel exports are understood to have climbed 10% in the first half of the year thanks to increasing global demand for high quality clothing and fabrics. 


Trade deals would boost Malaysia productivity and growth 6 Jul 2016

The implementation of new regional trade pacts would help Malaysia carry out key economic reforms needed to accelerate the country’s transition to high-income status, a new report says.


Labour may limit Malaysia TPP apparel shipments 23 May 2016

US imports of apparel from Malaysia are expected to increase under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement – although gains would be smaller in absolute terms than those seen for Vietnam.


Malaysia textile sector seen benefiting from TPP 10 Dec 2015

Malaysia could gain up to US$200bn in economic gains by 2027 through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), as a result of further and faster investment growth and access to more markets. 


China and ASEAN upgrade FTA 24 Nov 2015

Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN member states and China have agreed on an upgrade to the ASEAN China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) – the world's largest in terms of the total population of its signatories.


US upgrade of Malaysia “sinister manipulation” of TPP 7 Aug 2015

A US government decision to upgrade Malaysia in its annual report on human trafficking has prompted accusations of “sinister manipulation” of the TPP negotiating process.


US trafficking upgrade paves way for Malaysia in TPP 28 Jul 2015

An upgrade of Malaysia in the US government’s annual report on human trafficking paves the way for the Southeast Asia nation to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.


Malaysia's Penfabric labels products 'Made in Green' 23 Jul 2015

Malaysian textile firm Penfabric, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toray Industries, has become what is thought to be the first vertically-integrated textile maker to start labelling its products with the Oeko-Tex ‘Made in Green’ traceable product label.


MALAYSIA: Makers seek low-pay period for foreign workers 31 Jan 2014

As a minimum wage law goes into effect this month in Malaysia, the Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA) is asking the government to allow its members to reintroduce a lower-paid probationary period for foreign workers.


MALAYSIA: Delayed minimum wage set to take effect 6 Nov 2013

After being delayed for a year, Malaysia's first ever minimum wage is now due to come into effect from 1 January 2014, the government has said.