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Sri Lanka eyes apparel export boost from EU GSP+ 27 Jul 2017

Executives within Sri Lanka’s apparel sector predict exporters can generate an additional US$400m to US$500m in annual sales thanks to the country regaining the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade concession with the European Union (EU).

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Huntsman develops new disperse dye for polyester and blends 11 Mar 2020

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a new technology for dyeing polyester and its blends, providing "right-first-time" results leading to savings of water, energy and costs.


DyStar switches industry association membership amid spat 17 Feb 2020

Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar has joined TEGEWA – a sector association within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) – after resigning from the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) following an ongoing spat.


Standard Chartered and Infor digitise financial supply chain 7 Feb 2020

International banking group Standard Chartered has teamed up with cloud software specialist Infor to digitise the financial supply chain in a bid to improve liquidity and reduce supply risk.


Fashion platform Zilingo buys IoT start-up nCinga for $15.5m 20 Dec 2019

Singapore-based fashion supply chain platform Zilingo has bought Sri Lankan startup nCinga, whose industrial IoT platform helps to build smart factories, in a US$15.5 cash and stock deal.


New Huntsman auxiliary speeds polyester dyeing 25 Oct 2019

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has developed what it says is a new eco-friendly dyeing auxiliary that cuts the time and cost of dyeing polyester.


Viscose major RGE commits US$200m to fibre R&D 16 Oct 2019

Singapore based viscose major Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) plans to invest US$200m over the next ten years into cellulosic textile fibre research and development.


Dystar outlines progress in sustainability performance 12 Sep 2019

The ninth sustainability report from Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar shows the firm has reduced water intensity by 31%, reduced emissions by 22%, and wastewater intensity by 28% since 2011 – and reused around 2m cubic metres of water.


Smart textiles boost wearable sensor signal strength 17 Jul 2019

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have incorporated conductive textiles known as metamaterials into conventional clothing to dramatically improve signal strength between electronic devices and offer the potential for new applications.


New blockchain solution to trace viscose rayon production 24 May 2019

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), a vertically integrated producer of viscose rayon, has launched a mobile app for its ‘Follow Our Fibre’ initiative that will provide traceability and transparency over its production value chain from seed to fibre. 


Dystar admits challenges remain in driving sustainability 3 Oct 2018

Singapore-based dye manufacturer Dystar has admitted challenges remain in the industry’s efforts to drive sustainability as the company conceded it has not yet reached it energy consumption and emissions goal.