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Venezuela turmoil strangles apparel production

As political chaos continues to engulf crisis-stricken Venezuela, the country's textile and apparel industry is on the verge of collapse – w...

Brazil textile, apparel recovery shifts into gear

Brazil's textile and apparel sector expects to generate 10,000 jobs this year and lift revenues by 1% to BRL123bn ($39bn) as Latin America's...

Colombia garment makers invest $40m in production

Colombia's top textile and garment suppliers are making big investments to boost manufacturing automation and innovation and win new orders...

Colombia clothing sees boon from rising demand

Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by stro...

Latest Interviews

Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


Colombia eyes new markets as Venezuela row continues 13 Jul 2010

Ivan Castano Freeman

These days, Colombian textile producers are engaged in much soul searching. Everyone is in a scramble to find new markets after exports to Venezuela, its number one market, have plunged.

Latest News

US concern at ongoing Colombia labour issues 17 Jan 2018

Michelle Russell

The US Department of Labor has highlighted areas of concern that Colombia needs to address as part of its obligation under the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, including that of worker’s rights.


Trade facilitation should remain a priority for the WTO 13 Dec 2017

Beth Wright

Local ownership of reform plans, multi-stakeholder cooperation, and capacity building are all required to successfully implement the World Trade Organization's (WTO) landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), according to public and private sector leaders.


Apparel groups welcome EU-Mercosur FTA talks 11 Dec 2017

Michelle Russell

Groups representing European and Brazilian textile and apparel firms have welcomed negotiations for a EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that could be concluded before the close of 2017.


Adidas adds Parley Ocean Plastic to Originals line 15 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

As part of its long-standing partnership with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans, German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled a shoe from its Originals range made with Parley Ocean Plastic.


Argentina adopts Responsible Wool Standard 11 Oct 2017

Michelle Russell

Argentina’s wool sector is to adopt Textile Exchange's Responsible Wool Standard as a basis for the outreach and training of the country’s sheep farmers.


Retail majors set to disrupt Brazil supply chains 31 Aug 2017

Michelle Russell

The arrival of major retailers such as Amazon in Brazil could enhance the country's supply chains by forcing local firms to think smarter, according to new research.

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