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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

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

US: Gildan to buy sock maker Gold Toe Moretz for $350m

12 April 2011 | just-style.com

Basic apparel maker Gildan Activewear Inc is adding to its line-up after agreeing to buy sock supplier Gold Toe Moretz Holdings Corp for US$350m.... 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

Functional textiles take centre stage at TTNA

16 April 2008 | just-style.com

The fifth edition of Techtextil North America, held in Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Center earlier this month, offered several glimpses of interesting functional textiles and apparel. Another evident trend among exhibitors was continuing attention to environmentally friendly products, as John W McCurry reports.... read more

VIETNAM: Work begins on eco-friendly tannery

24 September 2008 | just-style.com

Demand for environmentally friendly leather from footwear companies such as Timberland, New Balance and Hush Puppies has led to plans to build one of the world’s largest eco tanneries in Saigon.... read more

CHINA: Tannery helps brands with leather footprint list

13 October 2008 | just-style.com

Leather manufacturer ISA Tan Tec is to disclose information on the environmental footprint of all its products so that customers such as shoe firms Timberland, Hush Puppies and New Balance can calculate the emissions of their own products.... 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

US: New Balance boosts customisation with 3D printing

7 March 2013 | Leonie Barrie

US athletic brand New Balance is using the latest 3D printing technology to produce customised spike plates on the soles of its high performance running shoes - and says the highly specialised process could contribute to the expansion of its US labour force.... 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

HONG KONG: Event focuses on tighter product safety rules

4 June 2008 | just-style.com

Speakers from New Balance, VF Asia and Esquel have been lined up to talk about the impact of tightened product safety guidelines on the textiles industry at a special event in Hong Kong later this month.... 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

US: AAFA names Williamson as new chairman

18 March 2013 | Katie Smith

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has named Philip Williamson as its new chairman, taking over from Rick Darling, vice-chairman of LF USA and LF Europe, who is standing down after a two-year tenure.... 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

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

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 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

JORDAN: Apparel industry backs international labour project

16 November 2009 | just-style.com

The Jordan labour ministry wants all companies at the country's Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) to join a pioneer project launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to assess the sector’s compliance with international and local labour laws and treaties.... read more

VIETNAM: Country’s first eco-friendly tannery opens

27 January 2010 | Ngo Tuan

After more than a year of construction, Vietnam’s first eco tannery has opened in the southern province of Binh Duong.... 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 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

Global news roundup

23 November 2011 | Leonie Barrie

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.... read more

FRANCE: New Balance EMEA selects web-based ordering tool

24 October 2008 | just-style.com

Athletic brand New Balance EMEA has selected a web-based ordering tool for its sales force and dealers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.... 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

BELGIUM: Union blasts sportswear makers ahead of Olympics

21 April 2008 | just-style.com

A global trade union organisation has slammed leading sportswear companies for allegedly allowing violations of workers rights by suppliers in some Asian countries to become an "industry norm".... read more

UK: Korean retailer E-Land buys Lochcarron of Scotland

5 July 2011 | Katie Smith

Korean fashion and retail giant E-Land has bought weaving and tartan specialist Lochcarron of Scotland, in a deal the Borders-based firm says will secure its "continued presence as a manufacturing business."... 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

BELGIUM: Sports brands push for better working conditions

15 July 2008 | just-style.com

Leading sporting goods brands including Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Umbro and Speedo are forming a ground-breaking joint working group with trade unions and NGOs to establish better working conditions across the sector.... read more

HONG KONG: Labour groups protest at Olympics suppliers

4 August 2008 | just-style.com

With just five days to go before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games, campaigners in Hong Kong have protested at what they say is the failure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make sure that Olympic-branded products are not be made with sweatshop labour.... read more

HONG KONG: ecVision names Asia business development director

25 August 2011 | Leonie Barrie

ecVision, which provides supply chain collaboration solutions for the apparel industry, has named Mike Hill as its Asia business development director.... read more

VIETNAM: Tannery Isa Tan Tec meets eco-friendly goals

21 April 2011 | just-style.com

A new shoe leather tannery set up by German-Chinese company ISA Tan Tec to meet demand from brands such as Timberland, New Balance and Hush Puppies for ecologically friendly leather is already fulfilling its environmental goals, the company says.... read more

US: Footwear firms divided on TPP trade talks

19 July 2012 | Leonie Barrie

An ongoing debate about tariffs on foreign-made shoes stepped up this week after executives from US-based athletic shoe maker New Balance lobbied for Congressional support for domestic footwear manufacturing - while officials at footwear retailers and importers urged an end to the duties.... read more

3D technology takes online shopping to new heights

9 November 2010 | Leonie Barrie

One of the leading suppliers of PLM software is hoping its expertise in 3D virtual reality tools will provide another option for the fashion industry to stay competitive.... read more

UK: Craghoppers strengthens its team for growth

19 April 2010 | just-style.com

Outdoor clothing company Craghoppers has strengthened its team to build on the current growth of its namesake and Bear Grylls Survival Clothing brands.... read more

PERU: US brands tell government to repeal worker law

6 March 2013 | Richard Woodard

Leading apparel brands from the US are urging the Peruvian government to repeal legislation which allows suppliers to use short-term contracts to employ their workers.... read more