Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

19th March 2015

US announces $150 mn public-private textile investment competition – as US textile and apparel jobs continue their decline.

The US Department of Defense launched on March 18 a competition to form a new manufacturing hub focused on revolutionary fibre and textile technologies. The $75 million federal investment will...

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15th February 2015

European 2014 apparel production continues fall, while imports grow

Apparel production in the EU fell 1.2% during 2014 compared to 2013, EU data released on February 12 shows, while the latest available data shows apparel imports grew 3.9%. The...

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12th February 2015

UK increases textile fund subsidy after report makes optimistic job creation estimates

The UK government announced a 50% increase in its funding of a textiles industry development fund on February 12 after a two-year survey estimated a 23% increase in jobs by...

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28th January 2015

2014’s Next Big Things that weren’t.3, Part 1: China’s supposedly falling competitiveness

2014's commonest missed prediction was that China’s rising wages, by making its garments pricier, meant its factories would lose share of the world garment market. Neither forecast materialised. Understanding why...

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27th January 2015

2014’s Next Big Things that weren’t.2: Onshoring

In spite of endless newspaper articles about onshoring, there's not actually been any serious, specific, forecast of substantial growth in rich-country garment production. Just as well, since there simply wan't a...

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21st January 2015

Rich country imports from Bangladesh continue slide in November as Vietnam looks 2014’s big success story

Rich country garment imports from Bangladesh fell year on year in November for the third time in four months, as Bangladesh's sales to the EU continued to fall - though...

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26th October 2014

Are Japanese firms changing their apparel sourcing policy?

Did Japanese importers' decision to move sourcing away from China drive their prices up? And are they now changing their minds? In 2011, China accounted for 87% of Japan's apparel...

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10th June 2014

Texas cotton growers sell off the former Koramsa as Delta Apparel moves fabric production from US to Honduras

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), a US cotton growers’ cooperative said on June 9 it “looked forward to refocusing our efforts on our core businesses of cotton marketing, warehousing and software...

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26th December 2013

Now Chinese yarn firm reviews Brandix’s Indian location for mill investment

Hong Kong's Bros was reported on December 26 to be "evaluating the opportunities offered by  Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) " Brandix has struggled to attract investors into its ambitious...

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2nd September 2013

US apparel onshoring: data spikes hype

Recently released US government data shows America's domestic garment making industry has turned into an average, if much reduced over the past 20 years, Western industry. In the first half...

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26th November 2012

Some British media announce non-existent Government support for new textile factories

Britain's newspapers have announced UK government backing for a non-existent plan the government has explicitly refused to support. The bizarre inventions detracted from a conference of Britain's textile makers which...

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