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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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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.

Freudenberg Comfortemp joins Bluesign standard 25 Jan 2018

The Comfortemp thermal insulations from technical textiles and interlining specialist Freudenberg Performance Materials have joined the Bluesign standard for environmentally friendly textile products.

Zip and button firm Riri makes two acquisitions 24 Jan 2018

Switzerland based zipper and button manufacturer Riri Group is investing in its supply chain and  expanding its production capacity with two acquisitions.

Sanitized innovates with odour-control solution 22 Jan 2018

Swiss company Sanitized AG, which specialises in antimicrobial treatments for textiles and synthetic materials, has developed an odour management solution for functional polyester textiles.

World Bank warns of risks to global economic growth 12 Jan 2018

Global economic growth is expected to edge up to 3.1% in 2018 thanks to a rebound in investment, manufacturing activity and trade, a new report shows – but adds there are risks to long-term growth.

Kjus praised for efforts to improve working conditions 28 Nov 2017

The Swiss sportswear brand Kjus has been awarded 'Leader' status for the third time in a row in recognition of its efforts to establish fair working conditions in its supply chain.

Kathmandu and Archroma partner on sustainable dyes 1 Nov 2017

Outdoor brand Kathmandu has partnered with textile chemicals specialist Archroma on its latest capsule collection, using the company's patented plant-based dyes, which are sourced from up to 100% renewable resources.