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Bangladesh’s Envoy Group Chairman named Business Person of the Year

With over US $ 32 billion in garment exports already, Bangladesh is home to some of the renowned apparel manufacturers and exporters globally and as the country moves ahead aiming to achieve US $ 50 billion in garment exports by 2021, the limelight is back on the entrepreneurs who have built these huge corporates on mere strength of their grit and determination. One such businessman is the Chairman of Envoy Group of Bangladesh, Kutubuddin Ahmed, who was […]

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Indian apparel manufacturer Virat Hosiery to invest in direct printing machines

Mukesh Sewak, who is the Director of garment manufacturing and printing company, Virat Hosiery – situated in Bikaner, Rajasthan (India), believes in learning something new; be it in technology or printing. The company is planning to invest in printing machines to improve and increase its production efficiency to compete in the market. In discussion with Apparel Resources, Mukesh highlighted, “We are aiming to install direct printing machines in our factories so that we can work […]

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Fire breaks out in apparel recycling factory in Karachi (Pakistan)

Goods worth millions of rupees were reduced to ashes as a godown burst into flames after fire  erupted at an apparel recycling factory, spread over a 1,000 yards, located in Pakistan’s Karachi Export Processing Zone (KEPZ). No casualties were reported in the incident. According to fire brigade officials, 13 fire tenders, two water bowsers, one snorkel, and one fire tender were deployed to extinguish the fire. “We have managed to contain sixty percent of the […]

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Vietnamese textile & apparel sector’s order book full for Q1

According to Le Tien Truong, General Director of Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group, several textile and garment manufacturers had received export orders in January itself for the first quarter, or even the first two quarters of 2017. Therefore, he predicts that there would be a significant surge in the textile and garment export market this year. Besides, Thuy Dat Joint Stock Company has signed contracts to ensure that the apparel and textile exports from […]

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Alleged involvement in worker exploitation shuts down apparel unit in Bulebel

Leisure Clothing, a Bulebel-based apparel factory, has shut down after been found involved in a major human trafficking and worker exploitation scandal. The assets of the factory have been now put up for sale. The factory, which had been in business for almost 30 years, used to manufacture women’s apparels for a wide range of high-end high street fashion brands that included Emporio Armani, Hobbs, Jaeger and Karen Millen. Also Read – Workers at Cambodia […]

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School uniform manufacturer SM Knitwear doing well in east India

“It is always nice to capture the entire Indian market but honestly speaking I am happier to see our product do so well in eastern India,” says CP Singh, Owner of SM Knitwear. His vision of knowing ‘what you are good at’ and ‘how to sustain it’ is what makes him the leader. Based in Jamshedpur, the company today covers the entire state of Bihar, apart from dominating the market of Chattisgarh and Orissa. Also […]

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Sri Lanka’s Hela Clothing opts for digital transformation

Hela Clothing, a leading Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer, has partnered with Microsoft in order to embraced digital transformation to revitalize the apparel industry. The manufacturer chose Office 365 as its preferred means of collaborating and communicating in the workforce. Comprehensive and congruent, Office 365 includes email, team chat services, personal cloud file sharing, shared document workspaces, an enterprise portal and more. It also replaced Red Hat Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V, a platform aimed at consolidating […]

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Dewhirst selects VST Enterprises to prevent apparel counterfeiting

Dewhirst, a leader in fashion design, development, sourcing and manufacture, has teamed up with cybersecurity firm VST Enterprises to prevent international circulation of counterfeit products and enable garment traceability. The company will use VST’s scannable code technology for clothes and footwear, VApparel, at the point of sale to enable speedy purchasing and instant related product information. The technology will combat counterfeiting, which poses a sustained and expensive threat to the fashion industry, and results in […]

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Sri Lanka’s Bodyline bags CarbonConscious certification

Bodyline, the leading apparel group of Sri Lanka which owns four factories, has reportedly become the first Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer to be certified as CarbonConscious. This is seen as the first sustainability milestone under the new leadership of Dinesh de Silva who has been appointed recently as the new CEO of the company. Bodyline has been awarded the certification by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) – one of Asia’s first verification, validation and certification […]

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US apparel manufacturer Vapor Apparel opens new facility

Vapor Apparel, a manufacturer and decorator of performance apparel, specializing in apparel engineered for dye sublimation and sublimation print services using a heat press, is expanding by opening a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at an 8.5-acre site in Union, USA. More than half of the 114 jobs promised to be created in five years have been filled, and the owners are further planning to expand this year by adding a distribution warehouse. Also Read – Vapor Apparel to set-up manufacturing […]

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Sustainable Business Leadership Forum (SBLF): Sustainability as a lever to drive productivity and resource efficiency

Today, businesses are being built on 3Ps – People, Planet and Profit – and sustainability is being used for driving productivity, resource efficiency and closed loop systems in making organizations more sustainable. Apparel manufacturers, including SMEs should start thinking and investing in sustainable initiatives from the business perspective. Reimaging sustainability in designing enterprises of the future and many such thought-provoking discussions took place at the Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, instituted by Sustainability Outlook (a division […]

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Hop Lun Vietnam to set-up new factory

Apparel manufacturer Hop Lun Vietnam Company Limited recently kicked off the construction of a garment factory in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. Sprawling over an area of 9.7 hectares in Van Quan and Dinh Chu communes of Lap Thach district, Vietnam, the plant is expected to employ 2,500 workers once operational, thus helping locals increase their incomes and boosting the province’s social-economic development. The new facility projects to earn nearly US $ 38.2 million from […]

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Superflex receives US $ 9.6 million funding for ‘powered clothing’

US apparel firm Superflex has secured US $ 9.6 million in funding led by Japanese venture firm Global Brain, to produce a line of “powered clothing” designed to add intelligent wearable strength and natural mobility to muscles and joints. Powered Clothing depicts lightweight, connected apparel that can be comfortably worn under any outfit, with integrated electric “muscles”. The company will unveil a powered suit designed for those experiencing mobility difficulties later in life, or challenging work environments, to provide core […]

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Apparel manufacturer Kellwood Company announces acquisition

Kellwood Company LLC, a leading apparel manufacturer, has announced its acquisition by a Hong Kong-based investor group. The company designs, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of women’s and junior’s fashion brands and private label apparel. The acquisition includes My Michelle, Jolt, Rewind, Democracy, Sangria, JAX, and Briggs New York brands, as well as the XOXO apparel license, and Kellwood’s private label business. In connection with the acquisition, David Falwell has been appointed Chief Executive Officer […]

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Exhibitors gear up for 16th edition of VTG

Vietnam is not only a big but also a growing apparel manufacturing destination. However, it lacks the import of domestically produced yarns, fabrics and trims. To bring the vendors to garment manufacturers, Vietnam International Textile and Garment Industry Exhibition (VTG) organizes an exhibition every year that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from across the globe. At the current show (16th edition), slated to be held from 23-26 November 2016, about 250 exhibitors at 550 booths from […]

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