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Sri Lanka: To enhance exports, raw material production needs boost

Sri Lanka: To enhance exports, raw material production needs boost

"Considered an alternative to Indian garment industry, Sri Lankan apparel industry has seen tough times of late. However, it still accounts for over 46 per cent of Sri Lanka’s total exports and generates the highest industrial employment opportunities to over 300,000 directly and 600,000 indirectly, which include... Read more

Bilateral trade between India & Bangladesh gets clear headway

Bilateral trade between India & Bangladesh gets clear headway

"The just concluded bilateral trade meet between India & Bangladesh seemes to have benefitted both countries. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina raised the issue of growing trade deficit and PM Modi assured her of his government's concrete steps to address it. She believes she has secured firm promise from her India that ... Read more

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Asia dominates as shipment destination for textile machinery: ITMF

Asia dominates as shipment destination for textile machinery: ITMF

"Global shipments of electronic flat knitting machines soared by 99 per cent in 2016.Asia received the highest share of shipments, at 94 per cent. China remained by far the world’s largest investor for flat knitting machines in 2016 with Chinese investments having a global share of 73 per cent, according to The 3... Read more

Global clothing firms taking the first few green steps

Global clothing firms taking the first few green steps

"Fashion cycles change faster than one can imagine. From just a few collections a year, fast-fashion brands such as Zara now offer more than 20, while Sweden’s H&M manages up to 16. It’s a big shift from days when there were only 3-4 collections a year. While this has gone down well with fashion police ... Read more

India to see a stronger cotton production year in 2017-18, says USDA

India to see a stronger cotton production year in 2017-18, says USDA

"Cotton production has witnessed surge in all major countries, including the US and India, resulting in the highest production outside China in six years. As a result, stocks outside of China will rise to a near-record share of use, the United States department of agriculture (USDA) said in its first detailed forecast ... Read more

India, Japan collaborate in textiles and clothing sector, looking to b…

India, Japan collaborate in textiles and clothing sector, looking to better trade

"India’s textile and clothing industry is looking to push up exports to Japan. And in line with this the government is looking to help the Indian textile trade and industry for better understanding of quality culture in Japan. The aim is to meet Japanese quality standards in order to boost exports. The Indian gov... Read more

The new Circular Fibres Initiative looks at take-make-dispose model

The new Circular Fibres Initiative looks at take-make-dispose model

The Circular Fibres Initiative, launched at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, aims at bringing together leading businesses, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and public bodies to create a vision for a new global textiles system that will replace the linear, take-make-dispose model dominating the industry, ... Read more

India’s cotton woven fabric import witnessing decline

India’s cotton woven fabric import witnessing decline

"India's import of cotton woven fabrics has been moving south over the years. Cotton woven fabric imports during 2016-17 (provisional) at $133.46 million, is 18 per cent lower than in the previous year. Imports especially fell significantly from 2014-15. In that year, at $189 million imports were 28.71 per cent lower t... Read more

Ethiopia: Aiming to be a leading apparel hub in Africa by 2025

Ethiopia: Aiming to be a leading apparel hub in Africa by 2025

"Targeting exports worth $30 billion by 2025, Ethiopia is on course to creating a boom in the textile industry. The country’s annual shipments currently value at $115 million. And Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares the bold vision as he believes will transfo... Read more

Transparency, sustainability integral for growth of global RMG industr…

Transparency, sustainability integral for growth of global RMG industry

"Taking a cue from Rana Plaza incident that occurred four years back in Bangladesh, clothing manufacturers have been showing signs of change when it comes to partner selection across the globe. The tragedy was marked as a wake-up call for the industry and a chance to improve the safety of global supply chains. More tha... Read more

Asian exports to the US and UK under tough scanner

Asian exports to the US and UK under tough scanner

"Backed by demand from the US and Europe, exports have once again seen an uptick from Asian countries. With the US President Trump focusing on pushing up US jobs by reducing imports, Asian exporters are in a state of flux about the fortunes of their business. Of the 16 countries facing scrutiny from Trump’s 90-da... Read more

24th Hong Kong Fashion Week-S/S to attract stakeholders from across th…

24th Hong Kong Fashion Week-S/S to attract stakeholders from across the globe

"Set to host its 24th edition, the Hong Kong Fashion Week-Spring/Summer is slated to open door from July 10-13, 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day fair will host around 1,100 exhibitors from across the globe, showcasing an array of spring/summer clothing, garment, designer collections,... Read more

SIUF 2017: Leads as China’s biggest lingerie branding & sourcing f…

SIUF 2017: Leads as China’s biggest lingerie branding & sourcing fair

"Attracting over 825 exhibitors from over 25 countries and regions, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Germany, France, Italy, Israel and Columbia, SIUF, held from April 19 to 21, 2017, garnered tremendous response. Spread across 73,000 sq. m. in six halls, the show presented global brands, ... Read more

India maintains top position in Global Organic Textile Standard

India maintains top position in Global Organic Textile Standard

"India continued to maintain top position in a row with 1,488 GOTS certified facilities. GOTS is also a part of the QCI-UNFSS India National Platform on Private Sustainability Standards, launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce. GOTS representative in India Sumit Gupta is a member of the textile subcommittee in thi... Read more

Sustainability in focus at Kingpins Amsterdam and Denim Première Visio…

Sustainability in focus at Kingpins Amsterdam and Denim Première Vision

"The push and pull between rigid and stretch, authentic and performance, and fast and handcrafted played out at Kingpins Amsterdam and Denim Première Vision, where a global blend of mills, trim suppliers and other elements of the denim supply chain came together to present their Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 collectio... Read more

Activewear gaining ground in China, Euromonitor study

Activewear gaining ground in China, Euromonitor study

"Till now, the US used to be main market for athleisure companies but now, the table seems to be turning towards China. The market of activewear/athilesiure in the US with a population of 321 million people is estimated at $44 billion, says a NPD Group study. While the category is expected to continue to grow trend as ... Read more

Nearshoring, could that be answer to the revival of US textile manufac…

Nearshoring, could that be answer to the revival of US textile manufacturing

"The US imports $82 billion more in clothes than it exports, mainly from Asian nations like China, Vietnam and Bangladesh and closer home from Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. In 1995, US apparel imports was $36.8 billion but, by 2015, the country’s dependence on imports had reached new heights and the figure mo... Read more

Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen 2017 focus on South China market

Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen 2017 focus on South China market

  As a part of Messe Frankfurt’s renowned Intertextile brand, Intertextile Pavilion at the Shenzhen International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories (Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen) has a distinctive focus on the South China market, benefitting from this region’s promising ma... Read more

Low price, a serious concern for Bangladesh clothing manufacturers

Low price, a serious concern for Bangladesh clothing manufacturers

  Bangladesh clothing manufacturers are facing tough times demanding fair price for clothing supplied by them. Additionally, they are in tremendous pressure from global buyers to improve conditions at workplace, after the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013. Local apparel makers say, over $1 billio... Read more

Bangladesh RMG aims to reach its target $50 billion mark by 2021

Bangladesh RMG aims to reach its target $50 billion mark by 2021

  Set by the garment industry of Bangladesh in 2014, the slogan to reach ‘Fifty by Twenty One’ has gained momentum. In December 2016, at a seminar organised by BGMEA titled ‘Taking Bangladesh Apparel Sector Forward’, the state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam had sh... Read more

PSF 2017: Focuses on surviving, sourcing in uncertain times

PSF 2017: Focuses on surviving, sourcing in uncertain times

Two broad themes dominated the discussions at the recent Prime Source Forum (PSF) held in Hong Kong (March 13-14, 2017), first, economic environment in 2017 given the uncertainties in new sourcing landscape, survival under global political frictions; second, getting ready to meet the demands of millennial consumers -- ... Read more

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Chinese textile and clothing exports fall

Chinese textile and clothing exports fell Chinese textile and clothing exports fell by 7.4 per ... Read more

New Delhi to host home fashion shows

Heimtextil and Ambiente will be held in New Delhi, June 20 to 22, 2017. These home fashion busi... Read more

Wrangler works with US farmers

Iconic American denim brand Wrangler has launched a pilot program to help US cotton farmers rea... Read more

Textile sector pleads for relief

The textile sector in Pakistan is battling with problems such as severe competition from neighb... Read more

Resil ties-up with Acticell

Resil Chemicals has tied up with Acticell to develop environmentally-friendly, sustainable text... Read more

Levi Strauss gives $350K to fund sustainability innovations

Levi Strauss is granting more than $350,000 to the inaugural class of LS Collaboratory fellows ... Read more

Laos’ trade with Asean swells

Laos’ trade value with China and the other nine Asean countries is increasing. Laos&rsquo... Read more

J Crew lowers prices

J Crew is slashing prices in an attempt to tackle slumping sales and waning customer interest. ... Read more

H&M works on employee schemes

H&M has initiated several steps to improve conditions of workers at its suppliers. One of i... Read more

Germany eager for India-EU deal

Germany is keen on India’s FTA with the European Union. Talks on the free trade pact star... Read more

Cotton made in Africa supply chain workshop in India

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) certified cotton is processed all over the world in all major text... Read more

Zara is facing a massive threat

According to a new research report by Fung Global Retail and Technology, Zara which was once a ... Read more

Vietnam grows strongly after 10 years of joining WTO

The admission to the WTO opened a wide door for the Southeast Asian country to enter the global... Read more

Two per cent rise in Gap sales

Gap’s comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 were up two per cent ver... Read more

Orissa seeks Tirupur knowhow

Tirupur will help Orissa in setting up new manufacturing units. This also means the Tirupur kni... Read more

Mayor Duggan names city’s first Director of Sustainability

Detroit has hired a new sustainability director who will guide the city’s efforts to stre... Read more

M&S annual profit down 64 per cent

Annual profits of Marks & Spencer have dropped by 64 per cent. Weak clothing sales were com... Read more

Lakshmi sales up 22 per cent

For the fourth quarter of financial year ’17, Lakshmi Machine Works’ total sales sa... Read more

Jalgaon cotton yields improve

Cotton productivity in Maharashtra has improved.There has been a 50 to 70 per cent improvement ... Read more

Incentive package for knitwear soon: Irani

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has confirmed that an incentive package for the knitwear sector ... Read more

Coalition Cotton 2040 wants cotton sourcing improved

A new cross-industry initiative aims to make sustainable cotton a clothing industry staple. The... Read more

Pak garment manufacturers seek Rs 60b for export industry

The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has urged the ... Read more

Fespa presents new printing solutions

Fespa was held May 8 to 12, Germany. Printers and sign makers from over 139 countries attended... Read more

Crisis looms over Ghana textiles

The textile industry in Ghana is facing serious difficulties.Workers are being laid-off because... Read more

Cambodia’s exports to the US up two per cent

For the first quarter of the year, Cambodia’s exports to the United States increased by a... Read more

Bangladesh wants stronger ties with UAE

Bangladesh is keen to boost bilateral trade with the UAE.   UAE-Bangladesh trade has a ve... Read more

Bangla exporters gearing up to make sportswear

Local garment makers are gearing up with fresh investment to enter the global sportswear market... Read more

Garment District’s anti-zoning initiative could make a comeback

Eight years after New York City pulled the plug on a plan to do away with antiquated Garment Di... Read more

India cuts textile and garment exports target to $45 billion

The government has trimmed the textile and clothing export target to $45 billion for the curren... Read more

GST rates: Concern over impact on exports of textiles, jewellery

The commerce ministry fears that a higher than expected goods and services tax (GST) rate on ge... Read more