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China cotton imports fall as rest of Asia rises

3 November 2015 | Michelle Russell

China will likely remain the world’s largest cotton importer in 2015/16, but its share of world imports has fallen from 55% in 2011/12 to 22% in 2014/15, and may only reach 17% this year, new forecasts suggest. ... read more

DNA tagging to scale up on leather supply chain

2 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

A year-long research project to DNA-tag leather from farm to finished product has proved successful, according to the consortium that carried out the trial.... read more

Pure Origin sourcing show includes fabric focus

25 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Pure Origin, a new sourcing platform launching at this year’s Pure London trade fashion show, will showcase a curated fabric pavillion featuring premium fabric suppliers displaying their latest collections and demonstrating customisation capabilities.... read more

Welspun India inks deal to promote Egyptian cotton

15 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Welspun India, a subsidiary of the company embroiled in controversy last year over the provenance of its cotton, is launching a US$3m initiative with the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA) to promote Egyptian cotton products worldwide.... read more

Egypt's textile exports reach US$673m in 10 months

21 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

Egypt's textile exports reached US$673m in the first ten months of the year, new figures show, with Turkey remaining the top top importer.... read more

Islamic State cotton risk low for European brands

5 January 2017 | Michelle Russell

The risk of Syrian cotton associated with the Islamic State entering the supply chains of European fashion brands is low, new research suggests, but raw material from the country will remain tarnished by its links to terrorist and sectarian groups.... read more

ICAC unveils World Cotton Calendar

26 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has unveiled a World Cotton Calendar, offering the latest data on area, production and yield.... read more

US: Südwolle responds to demand with first US facility

8 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

Südwolle Group is to open a distribution facility in North Carolina, making it the company's first US location.... read more

US: Burlington develops 'Just US' worsted wool fabrics

23 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Burlington, a division of International Textile Group, has developed a line of worsted wool fabrics woven and finished in the US.... read more

HONG KONG: Advisory Committee brainstorms on cashmere forum

24 April 2014 | Michelle Russell

An advisory committee for the Cashmere World forum is developing a programme of speakers for this year's event, which it says will be designed to "propel the industry to another level".... read more

JAMAICA: Secures $11m grant to revive cotton industry

21 February 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation (JADF) has secured an US$11m grant from the Japanese Government to help revitalise its West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) industry.... read more

Cotton-4 group must reposition to grow trade

31 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Cotton-4 group of West African cotton-producing countries – Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad and Mali – will need to reposition themselves in the markets of emerging cotton importers like Bangladesh and Vietnam if they are to grow their trade, the WTO has said. ... read more

Pakistan suspends India cotton imports

30 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

Pakistan is understood to have suspended the import of cotton and other agriculture commodities from India due to rising tensions between the two countries.... read more

Safety firm UL opens Vietnam textile testing facility

21 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

Global safety and certification company UL has opened its first consumer product testing facility in Vietnam, providing new capacity to help the country deliver on its global supply chain aspirations. ... read more

Global cotton supply "abundant" despite rising consumption

5 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

Cotton production in the southern hemisphere is expected to increase in 2015/16, despite low international cotton prices, according to new forecasts.... read more

Low cotton prices lead to government intervention

19 November 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has trimmed its forecast for world average cotton prices in 2014-15, and notes that a combination of low prices and high production costs has incited governments in many large cotton-producing countries to take steps to help growers.... read more

International Cotton Association appoints Lea president

17 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

The International Cotton Association (ICA) has appointed Jordan Lea as its president as part of a newly-elected leadership team.... read more

BRAZIL: Cotton farmers threaten trade retaliation

17 January 2014 | Michelle Russell

The National Cotton Council has expressed its disappointment over reported comments made by Brazilian cotton producers that a new US farm bill is unlikely to address their concerns and that "retaliation" could be the only option.... read more

CHINA: Yarn Expo exhibitors optimistic about cotton price

4 August 2014 | Michelle Russell

Exhibitors at the Yarn Expo Autumn in Shanghai this year are optimistic about the dropping cotton price, with Chinese yarn makers keen to use the event to grow their businesses.... read more

Global yarn and fabric production falls in Q3

16 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Lower output in Asia and Europe resulted in a 1.3% drop in global yarn production in the third quarter, while global fabric production also fell, with all regions showing declines.... read more

US cotton planting forecast for 2015 down

9 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

US cotton producers intend to plant 9.4m acres of cotton this spring, down 14.6% from 2014, a survey has found.... read more

Cargill to "close Zimbabwe operations"

17 October 2014 | Michelle Russell

International conglomerate Cargill is understood to have closed its Zimbabwe cotton business citing operational challenges.... read more

Welspun opens India spinning facility

9 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

Welspun India Limited has opened what it claims is the largest spinning facility in India, paving the way for improvements in its supply chain with lesser dependency on external sourcing.... read more

DNA tagging to help leather supply chain transparency

10 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is working with the BLC Leather Technology Centre (BLC) on DNA-tagged pelts that will help improve leather supply chain transparency.... read more

Brands called on to source more sustainable cotton

8 April 2016 | Michelle Russell

International clothing brands and retailers must commit to buying more sustainable cotton if they want to ensure a future for the raw material, as it is revealed that most sustainable cotton is currently sold into the conventional cotton market.... read more

DNA-based marking verifies textile raw materials

8 January 2015 | Michelle Russell

A DNA-based textile marking and authentication programme has been initiated by performance textile specialist The Crypton Companies to provide assurance that the original ingredients or raw materials used are verified in the finished product.... read more

Future denim and jeans production bases uncertain

8 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

Denim jeans are expected to continue to dominate the world's casual clothing market over the next five years, but likely manufacturing locations are uncertain, a new report suggests. ... read more

Limited growth forecast for cotton consumption

3 September 2015 | Michelle Russell

Growth in global cotton consumption is expected to be limited in 2015/16, as international prices remain higher than those of competing manmade fibres such as polyester.... read more

Production loss shrinking world cotton stocks

2 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

World ending cotton stocks are projected to fall by 8% to 20.4m tons this fiscal, due to a decline in global production, representing around 86% of global consumption.... read more

US seeks WTO panel on "unfair" China export duties

14 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

The US has requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine what they say are China’s "unfair" export restrictions on raw materials that could have implications for the garment and textile industry. ... read more

Trade alert system to boost access for developing countries

9 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

An online alert system designed to help government agencies and small and medium-sized enterprises keep track of the latest information on regulatory requirements for international trade has launched.... read more

China files WTO anti-dumping case against US and EU

13 December 2016 | Michelle Russell

China has filed a complaint against the US and the EU at the World Trade Organization (WTO), challenging the methods used in calculating anti-dumping measure against its exports.... read more

US initiates polyester staple fibre trade probe

26 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

The US Department of Commerce has initiated an investigation into the dumping of fine denier polyester staple fibre (PSF) imports from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.... read more

Cotton prices expected to fall as global stocks rise

6 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

With cotton stocks outside of China expected to reach 9.6m tons in 2017-18 – one of the highest volumes on record – prices are also forecast to fall, new figures show.... read more

New Cotton Portal to enhance trading transparency

12 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

A new online platform has been launched to provide market intelligence for cotton products and help cotton producers, traders and policymakers to better harness opportunities in the sector.... read more