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Portugal footwear makers underpin solid industry growth 26 May 2015

After a difficult few years brought about by a global economic recession, Portugal’s footwear and clothing industries are growing and underpinning the country’s business recovery.


IAF Convention 2012: Getting smarter across the supply chain 27 Sep 2012

Instead of focusing on product costs as a way of offsetting the pressures faced in both retail and sourcing markets, the apparel supply chain should look instead at optimising processes, boosting collaboration and generally getting smarter, industry executives believe.


IAF Convention 2012: Where next for sourcing? 26 Sep 2012

The likelihood of a resurgence in near-sourcing is "certainly possible" as the apparel industry starts to think more holistically about its supply chain, delegates at this year's IAF World Apparel Convention were told today (26 September).


IAF Convention 2012: Is fast fashion sustainable? 26 Sep 2012

The rise of the fast fashion retail model that keeps consumer interest by feeding through fresh merchandise more frequently is out of kilter with the industry's increasing focus on sustainability issues, according to speakers at this year's IAF World Apparel Convention.


Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, president, IAF 6 Sep 2012

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.

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Farfetch launches tech accelerator 20 Apr 2018

Farfetch, a marketplace for luxury brands, has launched a new accelerator initiative to support technology start-ups, with Burberry onboard as the first partner organisation.


Indorama strengthens PTA position in Europe with Artlant buy 10 Nov 2017

Thailand based chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures Group Ltd (IVL) is to acquire the assets of Portugal’s Artlant, strengthening its position in the European Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) market.


Sonae picks PLM for apparel division 6 Jul 2017

Sonae Sports and Fashion, a division of the Portugal-based multinational company Sonae, has invested in a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to help boost speed to market and streamline processes.


Portugal’s Sport Zone to expand RFID pilot programme 12 May 2016

Portugal’s largest sports retailer Sport Zone is to roll-out RFID to more stores later this year, following a successful pilot that saw dramatic improvement in stock accuracy and sales.


Bureau Veritas partners with Portugal's Quality Lab 16 Feb 2016

Auditing firm Bureau Veritas has partnered with Portuguese laboratory Quality Lab in a move designed to help it better serve its softlines clients in southern Europe. 


Clothing market potential for flexible printed electronics 17 Aug 2015

A Portuguese start-up company has demonstrated the potential of applying flexible printed electronics to consumer objects such as apparel.


PORTUGAL: Ara sets up new footwear production line 6 Jun 2014

German fashion footwear maker Ara has set up new production line in Portugal, focusing on a more automated approach to manufacturing to narrow the cost differential with China.


PORTUGAL: Enzyme-based bleaching yields eco-friendly results 25 Oct 2013

Results of a six-year trial of enzyme-based bleaching technology at one of Europe's largest textile mills are said to show significant savings in energy and water use, along with increased productivity, compared with conventional cotton bleaching techniques.


PORTUGAL: IAF line-up for technology and innovation session 11 Jul 2012

The latest speakers lined up for the technology and innovation session at the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) World Apparel Convention later this year include executives from Hugo Boss, Alvanon and TC2.


PORTUGAL: Speakers unveiled for IAF supply chain session 24 May 2012

Top executives from Escada, TAL and Yesim Tekstil are among speakers lined up for the supply chain session at the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) World Apparel Convention later this year.