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Call for UK to remain in REACH to avoid chemicals chaos

22 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

A coalition of European chemicals industry bodies is calling for the UK to remain within the REACH chemicals regulatory system after the country has left the European Union.... read more

US manufacturers to push agenda post mid-term elections

7 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

The US manufacturing sector says it will work with the new Congress on advancing its industry agenda following the results of yesterday's (6 November) mid-term elections.... read more

Automation weighing on US manufacturing skills gap

22 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

Shifting skill sets due to the introduction of advanced technologies, the misperception of manufacturing jobs, and the retirement of baby boomers have all combined to create a widening skills gap in the American manufacturing industry, a new survey has found.... read more

FineLine eyes global tagging growth with Traderplus buy

16 August 2018 | Michelle Russell

FineLine Technologies is extending its global service bureau presence to South Africa, Australia and China with the acquisition of South Africa-based barcode tag and RFID label provider Traderplus.... read more

India on threshold of sustainable growth despite slowdown

20 November 2017 | Michelle Russell

India has seen an economic slowdown following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July, but a new report says this effect is expected to be temporary and the country is now on the threshold of sustainable growth.... read more

India's ATDC launches "on the job" apparel training scheme

15 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

India's Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) has launched a new programme to train workers "on the job" in a bid to identify industry skill gaps and train the existing workforce to enhance their productivity.... read more

Vietnam cutting business costs to boost economy

12 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam's Government is to reduce costs and rules for private businesses in order to boost the economy and help companies become more competitive.... read more

Unions discuss regional strategy in South Asia

12 August 2016 | Michelle Russell

A global union has urged solidarity amongst affiliates in South Asia to counter government attempts to undermine labour rights in the name of competing with other countries in the region, and to work towards greater protection for workers in trade agreements.... read more

CHINA: Switzerland and Iceland trade deals effective

4 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

The China-Switzerland and China-Iceland free trade agreements, which will benefit the textile industry, have officially entered into effect.... read more

Shipping giant deploys new fleet on trans-Pacific market

4 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

French shipping giant CMA CGM Group is to deploy its flagship fleet of six 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels on the trans-Pacific market between Asia and the west coast of the US.... read more

Ethiopia inaugurates Africa's first electric railway

5 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

Africa’s first modern electrified railway line was today (5 October) inaugurated in Ethiopia, linking the country's capital, Addis Ababa, with the  Red Sea port of Djibouti.... read more

Workforce shortage a top concern for manufacturers

24 September 2019 | Michelle Russell

The ability to attract and retain a quality workforce is a top business concern for manufacturers in the US, a new survey has found, with optimism amid uncertainty continuing to wane.... read more

Five dead at Chile garment factory amid protests

28 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

At least five garment workers have died in Chile after the factory they were working at was torched by looters amid a wave of protests over living costs and inequality.... read more

Zip and button firm Riri makes two acquisitions

24 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Switzerland based zipper and button manufacturer Riri Group is investing in its supply chain and  expanding its production capacity with two acquisitions.... read more

US manufacturers spend billions to close skills gap

21 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

US manufacturers are expected to spend at least US$26.2bn this year on internal and external training programmes to try to close the skills gap for new and existing workers.... read more

US manufacturers urge government to help SMEs

19 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US manufacturing industry is calling for "aggressive" action from the government to help the industry better respond to Covid-19, including the creation of a US$1.4trn resiliency fund for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).... read more

US apparel supply chain switches to face mask production

23 March 2020 | Michelle Russell

A coalition of US apparel and textile firms has joined forces to build a supply chain to fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks for hospitals, health care workers and citizens battling the spread of Covid-19.... read more

India drafts new labour codes on wages, health & safety

7 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

India's Ministry of Labour and Employment has drafted four new labour codes in a move aimed at simplifying wages, industrial relations, occupational safety, and health and working conditions.... read more

Oeko-Tex focuses on sustainability with regulations update

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Oeko-Tex Association has updated its existing guidelines, including all certification systems and other services, in-line with consumer protection and sustainability.... read more

US: Dickies signs SG Footwear licensing deal for kids

11 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Work wear apparel brand Dickies has signed a licensing deal with SG Footwear allowing it to broaden its product range to include children's footwear.... read more

US: Gulf Coast Spinning to invest in Louisiana cotton plant

6 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Gulf Coast Spinning, a new venture formed to transform cotton into high-quality yarn for manufacturers, is to invest US$130m in a spinning facility in Bunkie, Louisiana.... read more

US: Wolverine Worldwide appoints Annunziata as Sebago VP

1 November 2013 | Michelle Russell

US footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has appointed Clarks executive, Frank Annunziata, to the role of vice president and general manager of Sebago.... read more

AUS: ACCC brings legal action over Reebok EasyTones

18 December 2013 | Michelle Russell

Australia's consumer watchdog has started legal proceedings against Reebok Australia over misleading claims about its EasyTone shoes.... read more

UK: Factory gate prices rise for apparel

17 September 2014 | Michelle Russell

The output price index for goods produced by UK manufacturers - also known as factory gate prices - fell 0.3% in the year to August, but saw a rise in apparel prices.... read more

China and India to exploit textile trade relationship

18 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

China and India have agreed to remove impediments to bilateral trade and investment, and to exploit complementarities in the textile and other sectors outlined in a trade plan signed between the two last year.... read more

Huntsman files patent suit against Shanghai Colva

5 February 2015 | Michelle Russell

Dyes and chemicals business Huntsman Textile Effects has obtained a final judgement from the High People's Court in Shanghai, against Shanghai Colva Dyestuff Industry Co. for patent infringement.... read more

US and UK trade groups form footwear alliance

27 April 2015 | Michelle Russell

The British Footwear Association (BFA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) have formed a partnership aimed at enhancing the cooperation of footwear firms in the two countries.... read more

Li & Fung's Ford appointed WFSGI Asia exec

8 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has appointed Li & Fung executive Helen Ford as senior executive director of its Asia division.... read more

Indonesian textile sector sees 6,000 lay-offs

27 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

Around 6,000 Indonesian textile workers have been laid off this year, figures show, amid rising production costs and declining domestic sales.... read more

Coats deploys analytics tool to improve performance

13 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

Industrial thread maker Coats has deployed a new analytics tool at its manufacturing facility in China in a move aimed at identifying opportunities to improve and streamline operations across the group's global business.... read more

AAFA formalises relationship with Haiti apparel sector

25 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has formalised its relationship with Haiti with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable the two to collaborate on issues related to the industry.... read more

Apprenticeship scheme to boost UK shoe manufacturing

22 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

In a boost for UK manufacturing, Northampton College has helped launch a new nationally accredited apprenticeship standard to train the next generation of shoemakers.... read more

Bangladesh RMG sector benefits from land lease

22 March 2018 | Michelle Russell

In a move aimed at boosting Bangladesh’s ready-made garment exports, the Government has provided the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) with 500 acres of land inside a special economic zone located in Chittagong.... read more

New Monarch monitoring system for circular knitting

12 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

Monarch, a UK supplier of high-end circular knitting machines, has joined forces with Belgium-based BMSvision to develop and install a new monitoring system for real-time analysis of all production data.... read more

'Made in USA' gaining traction but obstacles remain

25 September 2018 | Michelle Russell

Despite a modest uptick in the production of apparel in the US, there are still obstacles to manufacturing domestically, a new report has found.... read more