51% rise in min monthly wage of Bangladesh garment workers

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: Pexels The Bangladesh Government has raised the minimum monthly wage of garment workers by around 51 per cent to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300 now with effect from December. This was announced by state minister for labour and employment Mohammad Mujibul Haque Chunnu at a press conference recently after the final meeting of the […]

‘Automation is reshaping apparel industry in many ways’

2018/09 17 03:09

Digitising the product development process and doing away with physical samples will not only save costs, but also enable a much faster and more flexible supply chain, which in turn will improve profitability, said a top official from International Apparel Federation. Robotisation has the potential to change the structure and the geography of the industry. […]

Textile Asia-2018 ends in Lahore, JVs worth $175 mn signed

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: Pexels Asia's biggest international trade exhibition, Textile Asia-2018, concluded in Lahore recently with agreements for joint ventures (JVs) worth $175 million signed. Jointly organised by Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) and E-commerce Gateway, the exhibition attracted 55,000 visitors from different sectors of textile industry. Chinese companies at the show from places […]

Indian e-commerce to reach $200 bn by 2026: Report

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: Coresight The Indian e-commerce market is expected to grow to $47 billion in 2018 and to reach $200 billion by 2026, according to a recent report. The e-retail market in India is dominated by marketplace platforms, and among the specialists, fashion pure plays take the lead. The fashion e-commerce market in India is expected […]

Kenyan apparel exports to US worth $371.66 mn

2018/09 17 03:09

Kenya is among the top countries in Sub-Saharan Africa exporting apparel to the United States, with $371.66 million worth of such exports, industrialisation, trade and cooperatives cabinet secretary Peter Munya told the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) conference in Nairobi recently. He was reading out President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech. Kenya will commence direct flights to […]

Tamil Nadu urged to shield MSMEs from cotton price rise

2018/09 17 03:09

The South India Spinners Association (SISPA) recently urged the Tamil Nadu state government to formulate a policy to protect micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) following the rise in cotton prices. The state should ensure a buffer stock of cotton and an affordable raw material pricing mechanism, the association said in a press release. The […]

Deadlock at 1st tripartite talks on Cambodian minimum wage

2018/09 17 03:09

The first round of a tripartite meeting in Cambodia to negotiate a new minimum wage for garment and footwear workers concluded in a deadlock recently as vocational training officials and representatives of trade unions, employers and the labour ministry could not reach a consensus. The stakeholders requested more time to discuss the matter. While pro-workers […]

Textile Exchange, KPMG develop SDG roadmap for textiles

2018/09 17 03:09

Non-profit organisation Textile Exchange in association with KPMG has developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) roadmap for the apparel, retail and textile sector. It is a set of 17 universally agreed-upon goals addressing the top current environmental, social and economic issues. SDGs address critical operational risks, according to a report. Titled 'Threading the Needle: Weaving […]

Pakistani experts discuss urgent textile sector issues

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: Pexels Some urgent issues in the textile sector that need attention include energy price differentials between various provinces, tax rebates that the government owes to the industry, investment in the entire value chain to face global competition and exploring contract manufacturing of garments with Chinese firms, experts deliberated at a roundtable in Lahore. The […]

PVH bags US govt award for sustainable work in Ethiopia

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: PVH Corporation PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel firms and owner of a series of brands, including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, Speedo1, Warner’s and IZOD, has been selected as one of two winners of the 2018 US Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE), which recognises US firms upholding […]

Bangladesh parliament passes Textile Bill 2018

2018/09 17 03:09

Bangladesh parliament recently passed the Textile Bill 2018 that aims at maintaining the quality of the country’s textile products. State minister for textiles and jute Mirza Azam tabled the bill, which was passed by voice vote on September 12. As per the draft law, a directorate will be formed with a director general, who will […]

KBSF partners with Yiyuan to increase sales

2018/09 17 03:09

Courtesy: KBS Fashion Group Limited KBS Fashion Group (KBSF), a leading menswear company, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Anhui Kaixin has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Hangzhou Yiyuan Apparel Co., Ltd (Yiyuan). The establishment of this partnership is one of the company's many efforts to expand its sales through the collaboration with Chinese […]