4th January 2017
Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?
I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections. Most people...
3rd April 2015
For all the onshoring hype – US apparel jobs keep falling
In the April 3 Sourcing Journal Online, I look at the continuing fall in US apparel making jobs. However much hype gets generated about the alleged onshoring boom, jobs in...
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...
11th February 2015
US demonstrates its own approach to industry policies.
The standing Democrat on the US Congress Joint Economic Committee (charged with "making a continuing study of matters relating to the US economy") issued a perceptive report on the US...
31st January 2015
2014 Trade agreements: Korea strikes deals with China, Australia, Vietnam and Canada
In addition to its deal with Australia, in early November, Korea announced it had initialled an FTA with China, though said it would not release details until a provisional signature...
16th January 2015
Local politicians expect Santana to expand operations in Texas “some time in 2015”
“Santana will open very soon,” said a Santana representative on January 13 about its much-delayed Texas operation as local authorities in Edinburg approved a resolution that supports the company’s application...
2nd November 2014
Why has Fruit of the Loom sold its US spinning mills?
There is nothing in the announcements about Fruit of the Loom (FOTL) selling its US spinning mills to Parkdale that explains why. I can imagine why there isn't: FOTL used...
27th March 2014
China announces cut in cotton prices after changes to subsidy policies
The China Cotton Association announced a 4.2% reduction, effective from April 1, in China’s base cotton selling price to RMB 17,250/tonne ($1.27 per pound) from RMB 18,000 ($1.32) on March...