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Latin America makers eye blockchain & Industry 4.0

Latin American apparel makers and retailers are eyeing blockchain technologies and delving into Industry 4.0 manufacturing to tackle rising...

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...

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.

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Indorama strengthens PET position with Brazil buy 19 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

Thailand based chemicals, fibres and woollen yarns conglomerate Indorama Ventures Group Ltd (IVL) is to acquire the assets of M&G Polimeros Brazil, strengthening its position in the Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin (PET) market.


CPTPP countries sign Pacific trade pact 9 Mar 2018

Michelle Russell

The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have signed a revised version of the multilateral trade pact without the US, reviving a deal that will slash tariffs and foster trade in a marketplace worth close to around US$13.5trn.


Ideas sought on transparency for Brazil fashion industry 12 Feb 2018

Michelle Russell

The C&A Foundation has launched a call for proposals to find innovative ways to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in Brazil’s fashion industry.


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.

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