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New Balance steps up on climate commitments

30 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has pledged to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 across its global operations as part of two new major climate commitments.... read more


New Balance to scale Made-in-USA 3D printing platform

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has launched a new 3D printing platform based around a new proprietary photopolymer resin, which reduces the need for injection moulded thermoplastic and speeds its development and production cycles.... read more


New Balance plans US advanced manufacturing facility

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Boston-based New Balance Athletics is preparing to open an advanced manufacturing facility in Methuen, also in Massachusetts, as it expands its domestic manufacturing footprint.... read more


New Balance and Vetta praised by Fair Labor Association

20 November 2018 | Beth Wright

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has re-accredited New Balance's social compliance programme, and added fashion startup Vetta Brands to its network of accredited companies, in a move that confirms both companies have policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labour abuses in their global supply chains.... read more


DeMartini to step down as New Balance CEO

1 November 2018 | Beth Wright

Rob DeMartini, CEO of Boston-based global athletic leader New Balance Athletics, is to step down next month after leading the firm for 12 years.... read more


Green supply chain map links China factories to brands

4 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.... read more


US defence bill to boost athletic footwear firms

12 December 2016 | Leonie Barrie

US footwear firms Wolverine Worldwide and New Balance have hailed the passage of a defence bill that includes language directing troops to buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits.... read more


New Balance faces backlash for backing Trump on trade

18 November 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Global athletic brand New Balance is facing a backlash from customers threatening to boycott the brand after it appeared to back President-elect Donald Trump’s trade stance.... read more


What's 3D printing doing for apparel and footwear?

17 August 2016 | Guest author

3D printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.... read more


New Balance anti-TPP stance disappoints footwear industry

14 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industry has reiterated its call for Administration to "fulfil its commitments" to ensuring the extension of the Berry Amendment to include athletic footwear.... read more


New Balance to debut 3D printed running shoe 

12 April 2016 | Katie Smith

Global athletic brand New Balance is to release its long-awaited high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole later this week. ... read more


New Balance launches digital sport unit for wearable tech

8 January 2016 | Katie Smith

Global athletic brand New Balance has launched a new division dedicated to developing innovative digital experiences and wearable technologies to improve athlete performance. ... read more


New Balance launches first 3D printed running shoe

23 November 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Global athletic brand New Balance is to launch its first high performance running shoe with a 3D printed midsole said to represent a “breakthrough” in balancing flexibility, strength, weight and durability.... read more


Tesco's F&F joins ZDHC as new board formed

9 October 2015 | Michelle Russell

F&F, the fashion brand of UK supermarket retailer Tesco Stores, has become the latest member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, amid the formation of a new board of directors.... read more


Rockport acquisition completes

5 August 2015 | Katie Smith

Investment firms Berkshire Partners and New Balance Holding have completed their acquisition of casual footwear business Rockport Company from sportswear giant Adidas Group.... read more


Athletic footwear sales grow ahead of back-to-school

30 July 2015 | Katie Smith

Strong mid-year sales of athletic footwear in the US is an encouraging indicator for the all-important back-to-school season, new research suggests.... read more


New Balance develops 3D custom spike plates

9 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

Footwear business New Balance has turned to design-driven manufacturing to print 3D custom spike plates to individualise the foot strike patterns of its elite athletes.... read more


New Balance hits back in Converse trademark row

14 January 2015 | Richard Woodard

Footwear business New Balance has hit back at rival Converse in a continuing row about the design of the latter’s Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers.... read more


New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles

17 November 2014 | Debra Cobb

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.... read more


US: ISA TanTec setting up eco-friendly tannery

22 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Ecological leather manufacturer ISA TanTec is responding to growing demand for locally produced leather in the US shoe industry with a new tannery due to begin operations in January 2015.... read more


US: Necessity drives men’s shoe purchasing, says study

27 August 2014 | Richard Woodard

Necessity is the main motivation behind men buying shoes in the US, according to a new study, but attitudes are beginning to evolve as men increasingly embrace fashion and newness in footwear.... read more


UK: New Balance files copyright lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld

5 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Sports apparel and footwear firm New Balance has filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld over copyright infringement of its logo on the designer's new sneaker line.... read more


US: Vibram to invest $1.2m in footwear sole production

28 May 2014 | Katie Smith

Footwear sole manufacturer Vibram is investing US$1.2m at its plant in Massachusetts to take advantage of a recent ruling by the Department of Defense that all new military recruits must purchase domestically-made athletic trainers.... read more


US: Backs US-made athletic footwear for military recruits

28 April 2014 | Leonie Barrie

The US Department of Defense is to change its procurement policy in favour of US-made athletic footwear.... read more


CHINA: Brands urged to uphold responsibility at Yue Yuen

24 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

Hong Kong-based advocacy group Globalization Monitor has issued an open letter to brands sourcing from the striking Yue Yuen factory in China - Adidas, Nike, and Timberland - demanding they uphold their corporate social responsibility.... read more


US: Rick Helfenbein named AAFA chairman

7 March 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Rick Helfenbein, president of TellaS Ltd, Luen Thai USA has been named the new chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).... read more


Zero discharge group “forging solidly” towards goals

6 March 2014 | Richard Woodard

Members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group are “forging solidly” towards their 2020 goals, but need the collective help of industry and other stakeholders, says a new report.... read more


UK: Primark joins hazardous chemical pledge

10 February 2014 | Katie Smith

Primark has become the latest retailer to commit to the elimination of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain after a Greenpeace campaign.... read more


CAMBODIA: Retailers call for investigation into violence

21 January 2014 | Katie Smith

Adidas, Esprit, and Gap Inc are among a coalition of 30 retailers and brands that have signed a new letter calling for an investigation into the recent violence in Cambodia's garment industry.... read more


US: Skechers, Levi Strauss top customer satisfaction survey

18 October 2013 | Katie Smith

Customer satisfaction with athletic footwear and apparel manufacturers, including Skechers and Levi Strauss, remains high, new research suggests.... read more


US: Smith promoted to head footwear at RG Barry

14 October 2013 | Katie Smith

US-based footwear and accessories manufacturer RG Barry has promoted Lee Smith to president of its footwear business unit, replacing Nancy Coons.... read more


ITALY: Canepa claims world-first toxic-free textiles pledge

27 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Italian high-end textile manufacturer Canepa SpA has made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020 - becoming, it claims, the first textile company in the world to join Greenpeace's Detox campaign.... read more


Gildan Activewear forges ahead with expansion

18 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Facing up to capacity constraint issues that have been weighing on sales and the availability of certain products, apparel maker Gildan Activewear is forging ahead with its expansion plans.... read more


WORLD: Footwear market to reach $211.5bn in 2018

2 September 2013 | Katie Smith

The global footwear market is expected to be worth US$211.5bn in 2018, with growth driven by Asia Pacific and Europe, according to new research.... read more


US: RPFMA calls for import footwear tariffs to remain

22 August 2013 | Petah Marian

The US footwear manufacturing industry would not be able to survive without import-sensitive tariffs, the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association (RPFMA) has said ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.... read more


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