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US shipping data shows apparel import shift from China

China's share of US imports is declining in labor-intensive goods such as footwear and apparel,

Closing The Loop: Companies Making New Products from Recycled Textile Waste

The average American trashes an astonishing sixty-five pounds of textiles every year, adding up to 13.1 million tons overall – yet all those ripped and worn-out clothes, linens and other used fabrics could be transformed into beautiful new products.

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Textiles Reuse and Recycling

Textiles Are So Much More Than Just Clothes! 

 
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    Textiles Reuse and Recycling
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    TADASHI YANAI, FOUNDER OF THE GLOBAL clothing retailer Uniqlo, is on the other end of a videoconference screen. From his Tokyo office, Yanai-san speaks enthusiastically about Uniqlo's innovative fabrics. "Americans believe cotton is best," he says, "but we've invented new fabrics that will change your lifestyle." First, Yanai marvels over…
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ACIMIT’S VIDEO ON ITALIAN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IS NOW ON-LINE
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At the press conference held by ACIMIT and the ICE – the Italian Trade Agency, at the ITMA ASIA trade fair event in Shanghai on 17 June, ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) presented its video promoting the progress being achieved by its members in the field of…
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Urban Masala Offers Metropolitan Style
New York Fashion Week represents a melting pot of conceptual fashion ideas shared not only in a country of mixed cultures, but the city itself has profoundly mixed cultural roots. This is why the fashion line Urban Masala is so apropos for metropolitan markets such as New York.
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Keys to incorporating mobile into marketing strategy in Thailand
Digital marketing has become mainstream.  Many decision makers view online marketing now as an advantage especially with many businesses considering this medium an essential part of promoting their presence.  However, a traditional web presence is no longer enough especially with more consumers adopting mobile in their daily lives.  
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  • 48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    48th Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017
    Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 held for 48th time during 16-19 January 2017 recently at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) under the theme "Hall of Games" with new featured zones Fashionable Sportswear and Denim & Casual Wear welcomed more than 15,000 visitors from  77 countries and regions.  
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Garment, textile firms told to adjust ahead of AEC

31 Mar 11 ,  The Nation
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Textile and garment manufacturers have been urged to improve their technology, production capability and regional logistics system to take advantage of the Asean Economic Community.

 

"Thailand has a strong textile and garment supply chain from upstream to downstream. However, many producers still lack new technology, design development and linkages with other enterprises, so they cannot gain the most benefit from integration," Srirat Rastapana, director-general of the Trade Negotiations Department, said yesterday.


Companies need to link their supply chains with local and Asean partners, he said.


Asean is a major supplier of textiles and garments. Indonesia is the world's eighth-largest exporter of yarn and fabric, while Thailand is 10th. Vietnam is the 10th-largest supplier of woven garments, followed by Cambodia at 11th, Indonesia at 16th and Thailand at 18th place.


Under the Asean Free Trade Agreement, the six founding members - Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei - have already slashed duties on textiles and garments to zero. The remaining members - Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Vietnam - will eliminate tariffs by 2015.


Srirat said Thailand should create trading opportunities by cooperating with other Asean nations to strengthen its supply chains. Companies here should adopt advanced technology and the latest innovations for their production and develop their own brands to add value to their products.


According to a department study, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have strong competency in textile production from yarn production, weaving and spinning to bleaching, printing and cutting.


Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are strong in decorating, sewing and exporting to the United States and the European Union. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have low labour costs and export privileges to the US and EU.


Textile and garment manufacturers should consider relocating their plants to neighbouring countries so they can avail of those privileges, Srirat said.


ML Kathathong Thongyai, director of the Office of Product Value Promotion, the Department of Export Promotion, anticipated a zero growth for garment export due to crises in Japan and the Middle East, two key major markets. Garment export value reached US$3.2 billion last year, up 8 per cent over 2009.