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Bangladesh needs stringent labour laws for RMG sector

Bangladesh needs stringent labour laws for RMG sector

"After the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse three years ago, it was presumed that the country would be rolling in stricter measures to ensure safety and security of its employees. Yet, recent data is quite startling. A research identified 3,367 women and girls in the survey areas who reported being employed in the a... Read more

Human rights, labour rights coalition urge brands for transparency

Human rights, labour rights coalition urge brands for transparency

More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said. The pledge commits companies to publish information that will enable advocates, workers, and consumers to find ou... Read more

Slow growth a impediment to employment generation in textile sector

Slow growth a impediment to employment generation in textile sector

"The Indian textile and apparels industry employs 105 million people directly and indirectly and has a potential to create 50 million more jobs by 2025, holding the key to growing unrest over India's inability to create the millions of jobs it needs every month. However, due to rising skills gap, falling exports, low p... Read more

Bangladesh now creating funds for future exigencies

Bangladesh now creating funds for future exigencies

"The Bangladesh government is taking a major step to show that the right lessons have been learned, after the numerous RMG factory accidents. Besides the Accord/Alliance restructuring and safe-guarding programs, another RMG rescue plan is being implemented which also seeks defensive and insurance-driven priorities; unl... Read more

Dhaka massacre rips apart the fabric of Bangladesh's garment sector

Dhaka massacre rips apart the fabric of Bangladesh's garment sector

"The recent attack has confronted the industry with its biggest image crisis; with some fearing security worries could cripple a sector that is the lifeblood of the economy. Bangladesh's garment industry has seen hit by riots, labour unrest, power shortages and safety scandals and the industry bounced back each ti... Read more

China facing issues with rise in incomes at managerial levels

China facing issues with rise in incomes at managerial levels

"As China is losing its cost advantage, foreign firms are starting to look at Asean as a more attractive destination. China's competitiveness is eroded by lower labour costs in Thailand and emerging Southeast Asian economies, prompting a growing number of businesses to relocate their production from the mainland to Ase... Read more

Reshoring: US, UK apparel brands rethink strategy

Reshoring: US, UK apparel brands rethink strategy

"Apparel was the third-highest industry for reshoring in the US in 2014 says A T Kearney’s Reshoring Index, accounting for 12 per cent of cases of reshoring. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, from 2013 to 2014 (the latest year for which data is available), the US apparel industry’s output went up by 4 pe... Read more

SDS’ seminar highlights sustainability issues in garment processing

SDS’ seminar highlights sustainability issues in garment processing

"The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) organized a half-day seminar ‘Clean and Green Garment Processing’ in Mumbai. It was aimed at promoting green practices in the garmenting industry throgh innovative methods and efficient use of machinery, equipments nd labour. The event witnessed attracted many big names from t... Read more

The high cost of buying cheap clothes

The high cost of buying cheap clothes

"More than trends and new designs, clothes have gotten much cheaper with the rise of ‘fast fashion.’ Today, anyone can chase trends, even on a budget. The ability to buy low-cost clothing is not necessarily a good thing. Here are three reasons why $14 jeans and $25 dresses cost more than one thinks."    ... Read more

Cost analysis of spinning mills show raw materials, power important fa…

Cost analysis of spinning mills show raw materials, power important factors

"Today, the availability of cotton and synthetic staple fibers is not a problem. In 2013-14 season, for the third time in a row, the main production countries supplied more raw material than what was processed by spinning mills. In the case of cotton, in particular, 87 per cent of annual consumption is held in storage ... Read more

SOURCING: Changing dimensions with newer risks and opportunities

SOURCING: Changing dimensions with newer risks and opportunities

TRENDSPOTTING 2016: "While China continues to dominate the global market as the sourcing hub, a few international treaties and initiatives like TPP, AGOA, EU -Vietnam FTA etc, is expected to change the global sourcing landscape and new power centres are bound to emerge. Industry forecast suggests the market growth rate... Read more

Global unions join hands to fight for Cambodian workers’ rights

Global unions join hands to fight for Cambodian workers’ rights

"A coalition of Cambodian unions are joining together to demand that the brands immediately ensure a minimum wage of $177 is paid in their Cambodian suppliers and negotiate directly with Cambodian unions a binding agreement to achieve living wages, decent purchasing practices, stable employment, and union rights for th... Read more

Ethiopia emerges strong sourcing destination, min wages a concern

Ethiopia emerges strong sourcing destination, min wages a concern

"Ethiopia has many positives from a stable and peaceful political environment, affordable electricity to cheap labour. Entry-level salaries for workers in Ethiopia's textile industry range from $35 to $40 a month, lower than Bangladesh's minimum wage of $68 per month and far below the average wage of $500 in the China.... Read more

China loses low cost edge, South Asia emerges strong

China loses low cost edge, South Asia emerges strong

"TAL example indicates at the larger picture in China where manufacturing anything from clothes to toys was considered extremely cheap once upon a time due to low wages and production costs. However, now with complicated government policies and the country’s quest to move to higher-value manufacturing, the situation is... Read more

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AEPC launches manual for exporters

Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) in partnership with the International Labor Organizatio... Read more

Cambodia launches Training centre to upgrade skilling

The Garment Manufacturer Association of Cambodia (GMAC) will launch its new vocational training... Read more

Jharkhand empowers silk weavers

Jharkhand produces roughly 82 per cent of the total silk that is produced in India. Nearly 4.82... Read more

Govt support package creates seven lakh jobs

At least 7, 50,000 jobs were created in the Indian textile and garment sector in the last fisca... 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

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

Crisis looms over Ghana textiles

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

Cambodia faces hurdles to growth

Cambodia’s real growth is projected to remain strong, expanding at 6.9 per cent in 2017 a... Read more

TGLEU seeks Ghanaian Govt intervention to resolve textile issues

The Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TGLEU) has rejected the stimulus package bein... Read more

Workers on strike at Aditya Birla Nuvo textile division in West Bengal

Workers at Aditya Birla NuvoBSE 0.02 per cent group firm Jaya Shree Textiles in West Bengal hav... Read more

Marks & Spencer poaches Halfords CEO to lead clothing revival

Marks & Spencer Group has picked up head of UK car-parts seller Halfords Group to turnaroun... Read more

Bangladesh: EU investors want single law inside, outside EPZs

The European Union have for long been recommending Bangladesh to bring in one single law for wo... Read more

Bangladesh RMG units not complying with plan, says Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing textile industry. Increasing demand for textiles made ... Read more

ADB aiding African designers

The African Development Bank has launched an initiative to assist fashion entrepreneurs in Sout... Read more

Brands fail to disclose suppliers

Asia Pacific is home to more than 40 million fashion industry workers, yet for the vast majorit... Read more

Bangladesh RMG workers to get skills training

Workers in Bangladesh’s garment industry will be imparted fashion and design skills to su... Read more

ATDC to host creative workshops across India

The Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), India’s largest quality vocational trainin... Read more

Orissa to ease Tirupur’s skills shortage

Tirupur is facing a labor shortage. While there is a demand for labor, it is mainly for skilled... Read more

Ghana’s textile workers to strike against ‘Fake Textiles’

Textile workers in the capital city of Ghana will hold a wave of demonstrations against the gov... Read more

VF Corp to shut Wisconsin plant, planning 380 job cuts

VF Corp is shutting down its plant of JanSport Collegiate Licensed Apparel business in Wisconsi... Read more

Orissa to prepare skilled labor for Tirupur cluster

The Tirupur knitwear industry will employ skilled workers from Orissa rather than untrained one... Read more

EU sets June deadline for Bangladesh to comply on labour rights

The European Union has suggested Bangladesh comply with the ILO-recommended labour right standa... Read more

PimaCott’s DNA tagging to improve traceability in cotton supply chain

The world’s most popular textile fiber has been linked to slavery in Uzbekistan and thous... Read more

British Fashion Council launches high end manufacturers’ database

Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council and Professor Christopher Moore, Director... Read more

Laos gets Japanese capital

Some 57 garment factories in Laos produce clothing for exports, 28 factories produce clothes fo... Read more

Abuses rife in India’s leather industry

About 2.5 million workers in India’s leather industry toil and suffer. They work long hou... Read more

Textile and garment workers trained in negotiation skills

Textile and garment workers and allied sectors affiliated with IndustriALL Global Union partici... Read more

H&M factory in Myanmar vandalised

A factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer H&M has been vandalized. H... Read more

Tags that identify forced labor from Uzbek cotton

Applied DNA is an American company that offers molecular tagging and authentication services to... Read more

KVIC plans to upgrade cotton sliver plants

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will upgrade its six cotton sliver plants. T... Read more

Bangladesh: Wage dispute turns serious

Unrest has hit Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry. At least 26 trade unionists and g... Read more

VF Corp appoints two new directors

Carol L. Roberts and Benno Dorer have been elected directors of VF Corporation. Carol Roberts h... Read more

OECD offers guidelines for Bangladesh garment sector

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has offered new guidelines for... Read more

Labor violations detected in Myanmar

Myanmar’s garment factories cater to leading international brands including New Look and ... Read more

Bangladesh factory owners want single agency inspections

Garment manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh want a single agency than the three at presen... Read more

Bangladesh: Labour unions still a distant dream in RMG units

It is extremely difficult for garment workers in Bangladesh to organise and form trade unions. ... Read more

AAFA writes to Bangladesh PM drawing her attention to on-going wage concern…

In a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the American Apparel & Footwe... Read more

Accord asks Bangladesh govt. to form wage board for RMG sector

The Accord on Fire (a consortium of European fashion brands and buyers in the country) and Buil... Read more

H&M not doing enough to help Syrians in Turkish factories: Study

A new study by non-profit organisations Fair Action and Future in Our Hands has targeted H&... Read more

Patagonia's concern for garment workers shown through a film

In its bid to bring about a change in lives of some of the world’s 40 million garment wor... Read more

Bangladesh: Garment workers will have wage board

Bangladesh will set up a wage board for readymade garment workers by 2018. The minimum monthly ... Read more

Western brands write to Bangladesh PM to curtail labour unrest

More than 20 leading international apparel brands have written to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sh... Read more

KVIC requests government to include khadi in MNREGA

With its intention to train unskilled workforce and help them make a good living by earning mor... Read more

‘Asking for living wages unethical’ says expert

Demands for a living wage in low income garment manufacturing hubs like Bangladesh have been di... Read more

Safexpress laps up the CII SCALE Awards, 2016

"Safexpress, Knowledge Leader and Market Leader of supply chain & logistics industry in the... Read more

Haryana gets a NIFT

Textiles minister Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Fashion Techn... Read more

Gerber Technology names Helen Koo for its FashionTech Professional award

World leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial mar... Read more

Varanasi silk weavers bearing the brunt of demonetisation

Though it is peak season for Varanasi’s silk weavers, but showrooms across the holy city ... Read more

Sri Lanka conference discusses to use transparency to improve working condi…

A conference titled ‘Cotton2Cloth: Transparency in the Apparel Industry’ was held i... Read more

Mini garment factories flourish in Syedpur dist. of Bangladesh

The number of 'mini garment industries' has been maintaining a steady rise in Syedpur upazila o... Read more

Invisible force behind RMG unrest in Bangladesh: Tofail

The latest disturbances in the readymade garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh are alarming as man... Read more

Bangladeshi investors keen to invest in Ethiopia

Bangladeshi investors are interested to invest in the apparel sector of Ethiopia. This because ... Read more

Amid demonetisation woes, ginners go slow on production

With units operating at 20-30 per cent of their installed capacity with the shortage of cash hu... Read more

Bangladesh factories close down as workers strike work

Scores of garment factories in Bangladesh have shut down as workers went on strike. This could ... Read more

Rising child slavery in Indian textile mills

Among various forms of slavery, employing children in the textile industry in India is a cause ... Read more

President visits ATDC Chhindwara campus

It was a historic day for the Chhindwara centre of the Apparel Training & Design Centre (AT... Read more