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Thailand project to vertically integrate clothing industry

14 April 2015 | Thomas Maresca

Thai authorities are teaming up with one of the country’s leading fashion media publishers to develop and promote the local fashion industry from materials to design.... read more

SOURCING: Cambodia's future outsourcing prospects uncertain

20 August 2014 | Thomas Maresca

If Cambodia's US$5.5bn garment industry is not at a crossroads, it is approaching one, according to participants at an industry trade show held in Phnom Penh over the weekend.... read more

CAMBODIA: Grand Twins stock market listing lacks lustre

17 June 2014 | Thomas Maresca

Taiwanese owned garment manufacturer Grand Twins International (GTI) has became just the second company to list on Cambodia's tiny stock market, the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX).... read more

Sourcing shifts: Supply countries refine focus and opportunities

4 June 2014 | Thomas Maresca

In an increasingly fluid global market that enables brands to switch countries for their manufacturing needs, it is in the interest of suppliers to make the move as easy as possible - as well as seek out new opportunities.... read more

CAMBODIA: Unions call for mid-March strike

18 February 2014 | Thomas Maresca

Cambodian labour unions are calling for a nationwide strike in mid-March, as disputes over garment industry wages and government crackdowns on protesters continue.... read more

INDONESIA: Garment makers to be hit by planned power hike

4 February 2014 | Thomas Maresca

A planned increase in electricity tariffs in Indonesia has sparked concern in the garment industry that it will raise production costs, which may affect the industry's competitiveness in export markets.... read more

THAILAND: Political crisis could depress clothing exports

31 January 2014 | Thomas Maresca

Thailand's garment industry has not yet felt an economic impact from the country's ongoing political unrest, but the unstable environment presents a serious challenge moving forward, a senior industry figure told just-style.... read more

MALAYSIA: Makers seek low-pay period for foreign workers

31 January 2014 | Thomas Maresca

As a minimum wage law goes into effect this month in Malaysia, the Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA) is asking the government to allow its members to reintroduce a lower-paid probationary period for foreign workers.... read more

Cambodia fights to maintain competitive outsourcing edge

29 October 2013 | Thomas Maresca

Cambodia's garment industry has long had a cost advantage over its competitors: paying some of the lowest wages in the world. But the country is currently fighting to maintain its competitive outsourcing edge while tackling a range of labour problems.... read more