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Cosmo Group riding high on new narrow fabric unit

One of the fastest growing segments in the garment industry today, the accessories and packaging sector, has experienced an average growth of around 20 per cent year-on-year for the last decade. The players in the segment are geared up to support the country’s ambitious target of reaching US $ 50 billion by 2020 in garment exports. The concentration is on filling the gaps to ensure that all types of accessories are made available within the […]

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Vietnam’s partnership with Thailand to boost textile and garment industry

Vietnam is all set to join hands with Thailand in the field of textiles, design and administration. Vietnam has the skills and potential to become an apparel production hub for international buyers; however it lacks upstream and midstream channels. On the other hand, the textile and garment industry of Thailand has a complete supply chain cycle from upstream to downstream, from yarn manufacturing to apparel manufacturing. Setting a fully vertical integrated supply chain between Thailand […]

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Germany will help Bangladesh to strengthen its textile sector

Germany will help Bangladesh for their social and economic development in the field of textiles and garments through its Non-Governmental Organization for International Cooperation, GIZ. The agency’s major concern will educate manpower of the industry, for the betterment of textile industry. They are also keen on training the textile body members to boost the research at the ordinal level and ameliorate the teaching quality. Also Read – GIZ sponsors social standards program for Pakistan textile industry A […]

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Garment workers reporting labour issues via mobiles

Garment workers from Bangladesh to Turkey are using IVR (Interactive Voice Response) services on their cell phones to report labour issues… Two US-based mobile services companies – Laborlink and LaborVoices are providing this facility to workers to make a call on toll-free numbers to anonymously report violations taking place around them. Workers just have to answer simple questions along the lines of being treated fairly, timely payment of wages, blockage of fire exits, or child […]

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Review: F&A Show, Delhi

Celebrating 14 years of providing sourcing options in fabric and accessories to the Indian garment industry, the F&A show launched its Delhi edition with a very successful fair organised at Pragati Maidan – the central location for trade shows in the Capital. Held concurrently with Yarnex, the trade show dedicated to yarn manufacturers and suppliers, jointly saw over 80 companies from around the country display their latest developments and hot sellers. What really stood out […]

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UNICEF’s new programme for Bangladesh RMG workers

Aimed to cater to the cause of children’s rights, working parents and young workers of the garments manufacturing sector of Bangladesh, the United Nations International Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) has recently started a programme, titled “Children’s Rights and the Garment Industry in Bangladesh”, a move that has been welcomed by many from different quarters. Also Read – H&M Conscious Foundation supports UNICEF, WaterAid and Care “BGMEA is committed to ensuring safety, dignity and well-being of […]

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Bengaluru garment factories to resume operations on Friday

In spite of the Union Government’s U-turn on Wednesday on the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) issue, several Bengaluru-based garment factories remained closed on Wednesday. The government has for three months now, put the notification in this regard on hold. According to the industry, the situation is expected to return to normal only by Friday, because till Thursday, CrPC Section 144 will be in force, with no factory owner taking the risk to raise the shutters. […]

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Mozambique govt gauging revival potential of several textile factories

The Mozambique government has been for the past more than two decades trying to revive its textile and garment industry, after its near total collapse in the 1990s. Very few factories are operating there at present, and even those that are functioning has an output much below its capacity, and that too, only when they get orders. Now, the government is trying to revive Textáfrica, a textile factory located in the provincial capital of Manica, […]

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AR Exclusive: Indian apparel exporters tapping into Nepal’s manufacturing capacity

It may be too early to gauge Nepal’s potential as a sourcing destination for Indian apparel exporters in its totality, but it should come as no surprise that some Indian companies have already started exploring this market, looking for prospects here. Taking a closer look at the recent developments in Nepal, which currently exports garments worth US$50 million, would reveal several changes that goes in the favour of traders looking for business with this Himalayan […]

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Jat agitation for reservation hits textile businesses in Haryana, Punjab

The Indian state of Haryana, which has a large number of textile and garment factories in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Panipat, Sonipat, and in few of its other cities, is facing violent protests over the Jat community demanding reservation in jobs and education, among other areas, severely affecting the functioning of the industry in this region. Several factories witnessed low attendance of workers, especially in villages and areas where roads were blocked by agitators. When Apparel Resources […]

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Value Stream Mapping and WIP reduction – A potent tool for ‘operational excellence’ in apparel industry

Global macro-economic indicators, competition and cost pressures are compelling organizations to focus on “Operational Excellence”. Successful manufacturers excel in operations through the use of principles like Value Stream Mapping and other tools under the aegis of Toyota Production System, which advocate waste elimination from manufacturing processes, resulting in enhanced efficiency and quality. Current scenario at apparel manufacturing shopfloor Apparel manufacturing involves raw material (fabric) cutting, sewing, finishing and finished goods storage. If we summarize typical issues […]

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Garment industry sees rise in number of expats

The number of foreign employees in Bangladesh is on the rise. This is particularly true in the garment sector. This has come to the fore through information provided by various agencies involved in issuance and renewal of work permits for foreigners. Despite the overall economic growth and development, the dearth of technically sound manpower is said to be the primary reason behind increased number of expatriates coming to Bangladesh to aid the expansion of the […]

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Bangladesh garment industry registers highest export earnings in 2015

Breaking all records, Bangladesh garment industry, the biggest foreign currency earner for the country, has registered the highest-ever export earnings in 2015! According to data from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), earnings from export of garment items touched US $ 26.26 billion between January and November, 2015, which is the highest-ever export earnings recorded by the garment sector of Bangladesh at any given time. Also Read – Bangladesh’s garment industry welcomes FTA with China “It […]

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Garment factory workers in Vietnam hospitalised over food poisoning

Hundreds of employees working at a Hong Kong-owned garment factory in Vietnam were hospitalised after they complained of food poisoning. The incident took place soon after they had lunch at the plant’s canteen. More than two-thirds of the 650 victims at Regina Miracle International Vietnam Co Ltd were rushed to hospitals in Hai Phong City. The victims were mostly women, who suffered from dizziness, stomach pain and headaches after having lunch of rice, fish, meat, […]

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RMG sector catalyst for Bangladesh’s development: Dr. Atiur Rahman

Hailing the contributions made by the garment industry in Bangladesh’s growth and development, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman underlined that the readymade garments (RMG) sector acts as a catalyst for the economic development of the country by earning billions of dollars as export earnings while also creating jobs for millions of people of the country. Also Read – Bangladesh Bank develops green fund for textiles Dr. Rahman made this remark at the recently held […]

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