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Blockchain group Finboot secures funding from New Look founder

1 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain technology group Finboot has secured GBP2.4m (US$3.3m) in funding from a number of investors, including New Look founder Tom Singh, enabling the company to set up operations in Wales.... read more

Retailers and brands sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says its members sourced 13% more Better Cotton in 2020 compared to 2019 sourcing volumes, despite the impacts felt by retail markets due to Covid-19.... read more

ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation has released the CMS Technical Industry Guide in a move aimed at harmonising expectations across brands, and supporting suppliers with the implementation of sustainable chemical management.... read more

Call for EU to speed up recovery of bloc's textile sector

23 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) should speed up the recovery of the textile sector by setting the conditions for future competitiveness and resiliency, the bloc’s textile industry body has said.... read more

Lycra Co to feature new anti-slip fibre at Kingpins24

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company will show its latest denim innovation featuring anti-slip fibre at the upcoming Kingpins24 Flash online event.... read more

Self-disinfecting textile could benefit sportswear industry

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new patented self-disinfecting textile that is said to be significantly effective against bacteria could benefit the sports apparel sector.... read more

Sourcemap joins fight to tackle forced labour in supply chains

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap is participating in a new project led by Verité to support enhanced tracing of goods made with child labour, forced labour, and other exploitative practices.... read more

Egypt textile sector hit by recession and closures

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Around 30% of Egypt’s textile factories are understood to have closed as a result of the recession and deteriorating conditions in the country.... read more

New Flexport platform improves order management

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Freight forwarding company Flexport has launched an order management platform that enables consignees and their suppliers to more effectively plan, collaborate, validate and optimise their supply chains.... read more

Japan's Kuraray commits to UN Global Compact

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fibre manufacturer Kuraray has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact to boost its sustainability efforts, as the global pact outlined a new programme focused on accelerating business performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... read more

US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... read more

Textile dyeing sector at "crisis point" over skills gap

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The global textile dyeing industry is experiencing a global skills gap, now reaching crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, according to a new survey.... read more

Finland's first large-scale textile waste plant on-track for summer opening

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Nordics’ first large-scale end-of-life textile refinement plant is on track to open in Finland this summer.... read more

Itochu, Aquafil partner to expand circular nylon production

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japan's Itochu Corporation has partnered with European nylon producer Aquafil to promote and expand the businesses of the latter company's circular nylon production.... read more

DeSL tackles samples inefficiency with Approvals Dashboard

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Software firm Discover e-Solutions (DeSL) has launched a Digital Approvals Dashboard, which it says will offer companies more efficiency for the approval of new product samples and materials.... read more

Burberry, Asics among companies recognised in S&P Yearbook

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British luxury clothing brand Burberry, Italian skiwear maker Moncler, and Japanese footwear brand Asics have been identified as global leaders for engaging with their suppliers on climate change.... read more

UK conference to drive digital textile manufacturing growth

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new virtual conference is taking place next month to help UK textile manufacturers fast-track recovery, growth and resilience with digital tools and technology.... read more

Allied Feather + Down develops highest fill-power down

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Allied Feather + Down has developed what it claims is the highest fill-power ever achieved in a certified post-consumer recycled down.... read more

Artistic Milliners commits to clean supply chain practices

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Milliners has joined the Apparel Impact Roundtable (AIR), an advisory group of Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), in a move that will see the company help adapt clean supply chain practices for the industry.... read more

Better Cotton grows membership despite pandemic

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) grew its membership last year by nearly 200, including fashion brands and retailers JD Sport, New Balance and Reiss.... read more

Finisterre wins award for climate-positive garment

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British sustainable outdoor brand Finisterre has won a Gold ISPO Outstanding Award for its climate-positive BioSmock insulation layer.... read more

Teijin commits to science-based targets

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has committed to setting science-based targets to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... read more

China sees US apparel imports slip in 2020 for third year

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The publication of December's US apparel import data gives a clearer picture of supplier country shifts for the whole of 2020. During the year the volume of US apparel imports slumped 16.4%, with a 23.6% drop in shipments from largest supplier China for its third successive year.... read more

Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology for EUR300m

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Technology specialist Lectra is to acquire US rival Gerber Technology in a EUR300m (US$360.8m) deal that will enable the two companies to hone their software, equipment, data and services to provide "the ultimate Industry 4.0" offering for the fashion sector.... read more

North Face partners on regenerative cotton sourced collection

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face has partnered with sustainable solutions firm Indigo Ag to develop what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind collection made with cotton sourced and traced from farmers deploying regenerative farming practices proven to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and restore soil health.... read more

Infinited Fiber Company jeans launch under Weekday brand

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated textile fibre Infinna is to feature in a limited-edition range of jeans designed by H&M brand Weekday.... read more

YKK uses AI 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK Corporation has launched an experimental trial involving the use of an AI-powered 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption at its Kurobe Manufacturing Center in Toyama.... read more

Textiles Agenda aims to kickstart circular economy

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A series of action agendas have launched to answer the questions of how governments, civil societies, and businesses can adopt a circular economy and ensure a just transition.... read more

SUKU application verifies authenticity of sneakers

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Blockchain-based supply chain traceability solutions provider SUKU has released a new application for sneaker collectors and resellers that allows them to verify the authenticity of a shoe.... read more

Archroma partners on sustainable denim dyeing process

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has entered into a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore aimed at advancing sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.... read more

Textile groups push Biden for permanent domestic PPE sector

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US textiles and footwear sectors are among a coalition of industry organisations and unions to recommend a number of policy initiatives President Joe Biden should adopt to re-establish a permanent domestic PEE industry.... read more

Naked Brands makes divestments to focus on e-commerce growth

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Naked Brand Group, a manufacturer of intimate apparel and swimwear, has revealed plans to undertake a transformative restructuring, which will see it divest its brick-and-mortar operations and its Bendon brand, and focus exclusively on accelerating its e-commerce platform.... read more

Eastman to build world's largest polyester recycling facility

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Speciality materials maker Eastman is to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities at its site in Tennessee that will convert polyester waste into durable products.... read more

Garmon develops its own enzymes for garment washing

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Garmon Chemicals, the Textile Auxiliaries business unit of Kemin Industries, has launched a range of enzymes developed specifically for garment washing, becoming what it claims is the first textile chemical company to produce its own enzymes.... read more

US apparel groups urge "clear and decisive action" on Xinjiang

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Groups representing the US apparel, footwear and retail sectors have written to Congressional leaders calling for "quick, clear, implementable and decisive action" to address forced labour in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and combat the import of products connected to it.... read more