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  • South African government investment to trigger more protectionism

    The South African government announced on April 6 its approval of R4.9 billion ($355 mn) for the clothing and textile sector “to create and save jobs” – but warned it would impose more protectionist pressure on buyers.

  • Foreign investment in Ethiopia declines in 2016. So Ethiopians recycle old textile investment stories

    Foreign investment in Ethiopia looks likely to undershoot its target for 2016, after falling sharply in the second half of the year.

  • UK devaluation starts hitting overseas apparel suppliers

    The dollar value of Chinese apparel exports to the UK fell 9.7% year on year in the six months after Britain’s June 23 referendum on EU membership, after increasing 2.8% in the previous six months

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Bagir acquires all shares in Ethiopian venture

    Israel’s Bagir announced the buy-out of a local partner’s 50% share in its Nazareth, Ethiopia, manufacturing plant for $1.8 mn.

  • Ethiopians award contracts for two more apparel parks

    China’s CGCOC Group to construct Bole Lemi II Industrial Park  at a cost of $143 mn in the south of Addis Ababa. China’s CCCC to a second industrial park in the Oromia Regional State in Jimma,for $61mn

  • Bagir announces completion of its first Ethiopian contract

    Israel’s Bagir announced their Ethiopian plant’s first completed foreign order, a trouser programme for US H&M stores.

  • Ethiopia violence undermines ‘visionary’ sourcing strategies

    The partial destruction by rioters last week of the Saygin Dima mill in Ethiopia perfectly illustrates the short-term superficiality of too many ‘visionary’ sourcing strategies.

  • Jiangsu Sunshine announces Ethiopian investment

    China’s Jiangsu Sunshine announced during early April a $350 mn investment in a new plant in Ethiopia’s Adama industrial park.

  • US September imports continue growth trend

    US apparel imports in September, measured in square metres of apparel, grew 4.8%, bringing growth in the moving annual total (MAT)  to September to 6.1%. As in most Septembers, China’s share was around 50%.

  • Chinese apparel exports hit hard as Eurozone and Japanese apparel imports tumble

    The US dollar value of Chinese apparel exports continued to fall in June. But, with exports to the UK and US remaining healthy, the fall seems mostly the result of the collapsing euro and yen.

  • African share of EU US imports

    Will a renewed AGOA really transform Africa’s struggling garment exports?

    There’s a lot more behind African apparel exports’ dismal record than the stop-start history of one US trade concession, I argued in my June 9 Flanarant.

  • Blaming Ghana’s textile closures on “piracy” doesn’t solve their real commercial problems

    The suspension of 1,400 workers at Ghana’s Juapong Textiles Factory demonstrates the complex commercial problems behind repeated claims the country’s textiles industry is being destroyed by Chinese piracy.

  • Ciel first nine month profit up 15%

    Mauritius’ Ciel Textile announced on May 12 an 18.8% rise in pre-tax profit to Rs 539.4 mn ($15.5 mn) for the nine months to March 30. 

  • Ethiopia: why neat plans don’t guarantee the jobs developing countries need

    In my Sourcing Journal article on Ethiopia, I question the wisdom of elaborate “dirt to shirt” national garment and textile strategies.