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Crystal Vietnam knits factory gains green building certification

18 December 2020 | Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has been granted EDGE green building certification for its newly designed Vietnam knits factory, Regent Garment Factory Limited.... read more


Crystal International latest to join Jeans Redesign

8 December 2020 | Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has joined the Jeans Redesign project for denim circularity and will be using its guidelines to make jeans that meet minimum requirements for durability, material health, recyclability, and traceability.... read more


Crystal Denim launches 4Zero digital showroom

18 November 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The denim division of Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has launched a digital showroom to share the sustainability efforts that have gone into the production of its 4Zero jeans. ... read more


Elevate Textiles on track with emissions reduction

13 November 2020 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles, owner of the American & Efird (A&E), Burlington and Cone Denim fabric and thread brands, has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 7.7% from 2016 to 2019, in line with its corporate goal of 2.5% per year reduction.... read more


American & Efird commits to further US investment

15 October 2020 | Beth Wright

American & Efird (A&E), which claims to be the largest supplier of sewing thread and specialty yarns in the US and second largest supplier in the world, has announced its continued investment in the company’s US manufacturing platform.... read more


American & Efird to acquire Charles Craft Performance Yarns

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles Inc's American & Efird (A&E) division has struck a deal to acquire the high performance yarn business of Charles Craft Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of flame and cut-resistant industrial yarns.... read more


Crystal eyes ambitious sustainability targets for denim in 2022

11 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Hong Kong garment manufacturer Crystal International is eyeing greater reductions in freshwater consumption and carbon footprint in its denim arm for 2022, despite falling short of some targets for 2019.... read more


Crystal International scales up virtual sampling

14 August 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has been scaling up its use of 3D virtual sampling, and expects to use the technology in 80% of the products that it develops by next year.... read more


Crystal focuses green future on circular economy and Industry 4.0

31 July 2020 | Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group continues to make progress towards its sustainability targets, with highlights last year including reducing more than 3% of fresh water intensity compared with the year prior. But reducing carbon emissions is proving to be more of a challenge.... read more


Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

27 July 2020 | just-style

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more


Crystal collaborates on fully traceable upcycled denim

22 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has collaborated on a fully traceable upcycled denim collection with The R Collective.... read more


Industry heavyweights partner on traceable, upcycled denim range

12 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) has partnered on a traceable, nine-piece upcycled denim collection aimed at reducing apparel's climate impact.... read more


Crystal International to drive global scale for Better Work

11 March 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong based Crystal International Group has become the first global manufacturer to team up with the Better Work initiative as the programme scales up across the garment industry.... read more


Crystal develops denim from cutting room scraps

9 December 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International Group is stepping up its efforts to recycle textile waste with the imminent launch of denim fabric made from cutting room scraps.... read more


A&E opens new thread making facility in Vietnam

4 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to provide expanded services and regional support for apparel, footwear, handbags, and other sewn products in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.... read more


Elevate Textiles in responsibly sourced fibre pledge

27 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles has outlined a series of new sustainability targets, including a goal for its Elevate brand products to be manufactured using at least 80% sustainably sourced cotton and 50% recycled polyester content by 2025.... read more


Cone Denim and Crystal collaborate on eco-friendly denim

30 August 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Two leading denim specialists – US based Cone Denim and Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International – have teamed up on a new range of sustainable denim fabrics.... read more


Crystal makes progress on latest sustainability targets

26 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International is already making progress on its latest set of sustainability targets, with highlights including a 6% reduction in carbon footprint per garment. But it admits reducing the fresh water consumption per garment is proving more of a challenge.... read more


Texprocess & Techtextil 2019 – Material innovations

10 June 2019 | Beth Wright

A number of new fibre and fabric concepts were on show alongside eco-innovations for clothing and footwear at the recent Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. A new line of identification threads, the "perfect alternative" to down, and a water-based breathable imitation leather were among some of the highlights.... read more


American & Efird reveals molecular-tagged thread

14 May 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has unveiled a new line of molecular-tagged identification threads at this week's Texprocess trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.... read more


American & Efird outlines sustainability highlights

26 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has hailed improvements in global water recycling and reuse, along with a reduction in carbon footprint, outlined in its ninth annual Corporate Sustainability Report.... read more


Crystal International leads energy saving drive

16 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International has led 11 subsidiary factories in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in switching off unnecessary lights, encouraging the use of energy-efficient lighting and promoting energy saving.... read more


Elevate Textiles names Per-Olof Loof as CEO

5 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles Inc, the parent company of A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components – and formerly known as International Textile Group (ITG) – has named Per-Olof Loof as president and CEO.... read more


G Star, Selfridges join Global Fashion Agenda’s new sustainability circle

28 February 2019 | Beth Wright

G-Star Raw, Crystal International and Everlane are among five companies to join Global Fashion Agenda's new Associate Partners circle, supporting the organisation's mission to make the fashion industry sustainable.... read more


ITG rebrands as Elevate Textiles after A&E integration

23 January 2019 | Beth Wright

International Textile Group (ITG) is to rebrand as Elevate Textiles Inc following the integration of sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) and ITG last year.... read more


Crystal International works to empower female employees

6 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International says it is confident its work on female empowerment will benefit 40,000 of its employees across its global manufacturing base by 2022.... read more


Made-to-order apparel a highlight at Texprocess Americas

31 May 2018 | John McCurry

If there was a central theme to the 2018 edition of Texprocess Americas held in Atlanta last week, it was the movement towards made-to-order apparel. While this concept is in its relative infancy, equipment manufacturers are aggressively pursuing how to make it a reality.... read more


A&E develops Repreve recycled thread for footwear

23 May 2018 | Beth Wright

Building on its relationship with US yarn maker Unifi, sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a new eco-friendly, performance sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre and designed for use in footwear.... read more


A&E develops PFC-free water repellency for thread

15 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a PFC-free, water repellency enhancement for thread, which it says is ideal for outdoor and athletic wear.... read more


Crystal International app boosts worker engagement

27 April 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal International has boosted communication with more than 5,000 workers at its Yida denim jeans factory in China thanks to the launch of a new smartphone app.... read more


American & Efird shares sustainability highlights

23 April 2018 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has hailed continuing progress and improvements in global water recycling and reuse, along with a reduction in carbon footprint, outlined in its just-released 2017-2018 Corporate Sustainability Report.... read more


New platform targets counterfeit sewing thread

27 February 2018 | Beth Wright

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is collaborating with sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) on a new anti-counterfeiting sewing thread platform.... read more


KPS Capital Partners to sell American & Efird

27 February 2018 | Beth Wright

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners has inked a deal to sell its portfolio company American & Efird (A&E) to Platinum Equity Capital Partners.... read more


Crystal Group boosts worker and environmental performance

4 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Newly-listed Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant Crystal Group is to expand its worker empowerment programme to facilities in Bangladesh and Cambodia – and says it expects all of its wholly-owned factories will have adopted the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM) 3.0 to measure environmental performance in 2018.... read more


Crystal IPO nets Fast Retailing, L Brands investment

3 November 2017 | Leonie Barrie

Shares of garment manufacturer Crystal International Group made their debut in Hong Kong today (3 November) – with key customers Fast Retailing and L Brands the cornerstone investors.... read more


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