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Hohenstein opens textile testing laboratory in India

10 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Testing services provider Hohenstein has opened a new textile testing laboratory in Gurugram, India, expanding its tailor-made services to one of the world's textile hotspots.... read more

New project to improve work in Asia garment supply chains

7 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

A new project is about to get off the ground to promote decent work in Asian garment supply chains.... read more

China's SC Fashion picks PLM for product development

7 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

China-based apparel manufacturer SC Fashion has invested in a PLM system to better communicate with brand partners and more efficiently manage product development.... read more

US apparel retailers' November 2018 sales roundup

7 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

November proved yet another mixed month for the handful of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, as two firms reported negative monthly comps while the remainder managed to post growth.... read more

Primark warns of tough trading in run-up to Christmas

7 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

The owner of value fashion retailer Primark has warned of challenging trading in the run-up to Christmas – but says it expects earnings outlook remains unchanged.... read more

Nike commits to help shape fashion sustainability agenda

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Sporting giant Nike Inc has become a strategic partner to non-profit Global Fashion Agenda, which is working to set a common agenda and direction for focused industry efforts on sustainability in the sector.... read more

Circularity innovators get launch platform

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Pioneering innovations aimed at engaging customers in the circular economy could be set to hit the market after circularity initiative The Launch announced the finalists for its annual innovators challenge.... read more

Sears troubles continue as it lowers holiday forecast

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Further doubt has been cast over whether struggling Sears Holdings Corp can avoid liquidation after the US department store retailer lowered its holiday revenue forecast.... read more

Maersk targets zero CO2 emissions for ships by 2050

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Global logistics giant AP Moller Maersk has set a target to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 and is calling for strong industry involvement.... read more

Swedish fashion firms join forces on climate action

6 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion chains KappAhl, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Peak Performance have joined forces under the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), committing to reduce their climate impact by 30% by 2030.... read more

British MPs criticise "mountain of clothing waste"

5 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Reducing waste, recycling and product disposal were among issues to come under the microscope in the latest parliamentary evidence session, where representatives from Marks & Spencer, Burberry and Primark were questioned by British lawmakers about efforts to deal with excess stock and unwanted garments.... read more

Cambodia garment labour standards continue to improve

5 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia's garment and footwear industry has seen an improvement in labour standards, according to the latest assessment from the International Labor Organization (ILO), with violations falling and compliance on the rise.... read more

Global trade unions call for Bangladesh Accord to continue

5 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

More than 200 global trade union leaders have shown their unanimous support for the Bangladesh Transition Accord, days before a hearing that will decide the fate of the factory building and safety initiative.... read more

Joules prepares for 'hard Brexit' amid H1 sales growth

5 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion retailer Joules has put contingency plans in place in the event of a ‘hard Brexit’, including early product orders and the setting up of an EU distribution hub as it revealed double-digit revenue growth in its first half.... read more

Research to produce new fibres from waste cotton textiles

4 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Scientists and researchers at Washington State University are working to develop new technology aimed at keeping millions of tonnes of cotton and cellulose waste out of landfills by spinning it into new fibres for clothing.... read more

Is fickle fashion killing off sustainable clothing?

4 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Fickle fashion is killing off sustainable clothing, a new report has found, with consumers admitting to buying items they never wear and throwing away garments rather than recycling them.... read more

Coats invests in digital thread dyeing technology

4 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Industrial thread maker Coats is investing US$5m in an Israeli based technology start-up that has developed what it describes as a "revolutionary" new digital thread dyeing system.... read more

Climate change adding to volatility of supply chains

3 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Climate change is expected to increasingly affect US trade and economy, as well as add more volatility to global supply chains and the availability and price of commodities, a new report has found.... read more

Maru Swimwear pledge to tackle ocean plastic waste

3 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

UK performance swimwear brand Maru Swimwear has partnered with global charity Sea Life Trust to donate 100% of profits from the sale of its new Black Pack range to help tackle ocean plastic waste.... read more

Teijin Frontier develops natural-like fabric for athleisure

3 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting business of Japanese conglomerate Teijin Group, has added a "natural-like" fabric to its DeltaPeak range of high-function fabrics that is said to be ideal for sportswear, fashionwear, and uniforms.... read more

Global Brands Group divests China business amid H1 loss

3 December 2018 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group (GBG) has sold its kids apparel business in China and is preparing to embark on a substantial restructuring programme as it revealed falling sales and a net loss in the first six months of the year.... read more

China to overtake US as world's largest fashion market, amid "urgent awakening" for industry

30 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Greater China will for the first time in centuries overtake the US as the world's largest fashion market in 2019, according to a new study, amid a year of "urgent awakening" for the industry as global growth slows. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year.... read more

Australia passes Modern Slavery Act

30 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Large companies in Australia will be under obligation to report their efforts to identify and mitigate human rights risks such as human trafficking and child labour in their global operations after the government passed the world’s second Modern Slavery Act.... read more

Bangladesh Accord future in doubt as hearing postponed

30 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh High Court has postponed its hearing over the future of the Transition Accord in a move that leaves the alliance’s future in doubt for another week. ... read more

Arvind opens largest garment hub in Gujarat

29 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Indian denim major Arvind Ltd has opened its largest garment hub in the western state of Gujarat as part of the company's capacity expansion strategy – a move that also marks its first foray into the performance and activewear market.... read more

Cambodia garment sector boosts economic growth

29 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s economy is expected to continue to grow over the next few years, new figures show, boosted by garment and footwear exports, and despite trade-related external risks.... read more

Cone Denim adopts Archroma One Way sustainability tool

29 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

US textile major Cone Denim has partnered with Archroma to expand its sustainability efforts by adopting the chemicals specialist’s One Way sustainability service.... read more

Browzwear releases latest 3D fashion design tools

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

3D design and prototyping software provider Browzwear has launched two new releases of its fashion design tools that improve creative power while shortening the time from design to manufacturing.... read more

Made With Respect makes 1% for the Planet pledge

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

New Zealand sustainable clothing retailer Made With Respect has joined international organisation 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support environmental causes.... read more

Chinese viscose sustainability roadmap "short on ambition"

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

A three-year roadmap set out by ten of China's largest viscose fibre producers to improve sustainability from sourcing to production, has been described as short on ambition and will not meet NGO requirements.... read more

AsiaInspection changing name to QIMA

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Quality control, supplier auditor, and product testing and inspection provider AsiaInspection is changing its name to QIMA to better convey the range of services it offers.... read more

Clothing tops US Thanksgiving weekend spend

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Multichannel shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend was up by more than 40% on last year – with apparel the top purchase, new figures show.... read more

Macron selects PLM to track supplier information

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Italian sportswear firm Macron has invested in a PLM system to better track raw material and supplier information across its supply chain.... read more

Does size matter when it comes to sustainability?

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

When it comes to implementing sustainable practices, the size of a business is less important than the vision of the CEO, delegates were told during one of the sessions at this year's Fair Wear Foundation Annual Summit in Amsterdam.... read more

New Polartec fabric technology reduces fibre shedding

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Fleece maker Polartec has developed what it claims is the first fabric technology engineered to reduce fibre shedding.... read more