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How better factory conditions help boost the bottom line 26 Sep 2016

A link has been established between improved working conditions in the apparel industry and a resulting boost to factory competitiveness – but the sourcing practices of global buyers remains one of the biggest challenges to progress.


Archroma focuses on integration and innovation 16 Jul 2015

Following the completion of Archroma's acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business earlier this month, the company has set its sights on becoming the largest global textile chemicals company, focusing its efforts on seamlessly integrating the two businesses and building its 'innovation powerhouse'.


Better Cotton Initiative “racing” to 2020 target 28 Apr 2015

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enjoyed a record year in 2014 and is surging towards its long-term objective of achieving a 30% share of global production.


ANALYSIS: Better Work programme poised to expand 26 Aug 2014

The Better Work programme is set to expand its activities and influence over the next few years in an effort to drive up working conditions across the global garment industry.


RFID moves seamlessly into a sewn-on fashion label 3 Sep 2012

The benefits of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in the apparel supply chain are well documented, helping to improve everything from inventory visibility to the prevention of theft. But now a new woven label takes this to the next, logical step by incorporating the technology seamlessly into a sewn-on brand label.

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On sprints forward with new PLM implementation 10 Aug 2018

Swiss running shoe company On, known for its innovative CloudTec shoe technology, has selected a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help support its expansion and streamline operations.


Shoe firm On picks PLM to streamline operations 30 Jul 2018

On, the Swiss running shoe company known for its CloudTec shoe technology, has invested in a new PLM system to streamline its operations.


Circular fashion gets EUR1.29m funding boost 18 Jun 2018

C&A Foundation’s work to make circular fashion a reality is set to receive a major boost thanks to the approval of five initiatives following its open request for proposals to bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models at all levels of the global apparel value chain. 


World trade growth in 2018 hangs on policy choices 23 Apr 2018

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is forecasting "strong" global trade growth in 2018 and 2019, but has also warned that escalating trade tensions may already be affecting business confidence and investment decisions.


HeiQ upgrades cooling technology 18 Apr 2018

The latest development from Swiss speciality textile effects company HeiQ is an upgraded version of its dynamic cooling technology Smart Temp, which cools the wearer by up to 2.5 degrees Celsius.


H&M under fire over living wage claims 13 Apr 2018

The Clean Clothes Campaign has blasted Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) for making what it says are "bold claims" in its latest sustainability report about progress on fair jobs and the living wage.


Better Work targets additional 5m workers by 2022 26 Feb 2018

The Better Work initiative has set out plans to extend its impact on the lives of millions of workers in the apparel industry and beyond, with its next five-year strategy striving to reach some 8m workers, and 21m of their family members.


MacArthur partners with UN to drive circular initiative 5 Feb 2018

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has inked a new agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the leading global environment authority, to scale up and accelerate the shift towards a circular economy.


Archroma optical brightener used in CO2 dyeing process 1 Feb 2018

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has launched an optical brightening agent that is being used in what the company claims is the world's first process chemical-free and water-free dyeing solution.


HeiQ on innovation drive 29 Jan 2018

The latest developments from Swiss specialty textile effects company HeiQ include a 100% bio-based, non-silver odour control technology, and a "fast fabric" sampling tool which enables fabric managers at textile brands to get functional fabrics within two weeks.