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Taiwanese garment factory in Vietnam engulfs in massive fire

Firefighters were battling a massive fire that erupted at a Taiwan-based Kwong Lung’s Meko Garment Company, which specializes in feather processing and garment manufacturing, in southern city of Can Tho in Vietnam on the morning of 23 March. Although no casualties have been reported as yet, there are reports of goods being destroyed. Officials said they had requested support from the regional army to control the fire. The fire started on the top floor of […]

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Small- and medium-level companies moving forward in garment industry

Many small- and medium-level companies of Mumbai are entering the garment segment, as well as expanding or moving towards in-house manufacturing. August Clothing, a shirt manufacturer of Mumbai is installing 100 stitching machines in the next few months. Currently, the firm is outsourcing almost 2,000 pieces every month for export as well as domestic market. “Now we have enough experience of markets and despite overall challenges we are confident about more orders, so we decided to […]

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Industry Stalwart: Khalilur Rahman, Founder Chairman, KDS Group

The critical difference between success and failure is a vision backed by hard work and commitment to what one believes in! And this cannot be more true than in the case of industry stalwart Khalilur Rahman, Founder Chairman, KDS Group, whose motivation to generate employment for the poor and help in the process of nation building by earning and also saving foreign exchange led to the creation of business empire, which stands even today on […]

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HFL: In service of the industry!

Starting as a garment manufacturer, Managing Director of Hamid Fabrics Limited (the textile unit of Mahin group) shifted to fabric production to meet RMG sector’s burgeoning requirement for raw materials… Textiles manufactured in Bangladesh today contribute around 40% of the total fabrics’ demand of the export-oriented RMG sector while the remaining is sourced from various fabric destinations globally, indicating an abysmally skewed demand-supply scenario existing in the country. Despite the share of domestic yarn and […]

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Relocation impediments… The how and where of relocation

In principle everyone agrees that factories should move into new regions where the manpower is easily available and also that some basic requirements are essential to set up a factory which the local Governments should assist in as Naseer Humayun, MD, Indian Designs says: The Government has to understand that in the process of setting up a garment unit there is a huge investment done by an entrepreneur to develop skills in people who hitherto […]

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Relocating factories to newer pastures…, the debate continues

Over the last one month I have had some really gruelling interactions with various sections of the industry – from big exporters to medium level players to technology providers to consultants and even people in the corridors of power. The topic was one – ‘relocating factories to newer pastures’. And though there is a consensus on the fact that growth can no longer happen if companies continue to operate in metropolitans mostly due to the […]

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Garment manufacturers in Los Angeles bear fine

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office (USA) has fined eighteen Los Angeles garment manufacturers and contractors with more than US $ 682,000 in current month on the issue of labour law violations as founded in the inspection it carried out recently. The inspections revealed violations including failing to have workers’ compensation insurance, which garnered the largest fine of over US $ 404,000, and failing to give employees itemized statements showing the number of hours they worked. […]

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BGMEA rues shipment delays at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport

Heightened security measures at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has become a major concern for the garment manufacturers of Bangladesh, who have to now deal with inordinate delays in delivery of imported raw materials. “The garment manufacturers have to wait long to take delivery of accessories, including price and security tags and samples provided by buyers, and imported fabrics,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Md Siddiqur Rahman reportedly said, adding, “We […]

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Cotton consumption in Bangladesh to rise 10%: ICAC

According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), consumption of cotton in Bangladesh is all set to increase 10 per cent to more than 1 million tonnes this fiscal year in the backdrop of higher demand from garment makers and favourable Government policies for the textile sector. The Washington-based body (International Cotton Advisory Committee), which provides statistics on world cotton production, consumption, trade and stocks, and identifies emerging changes in the world cotton market, in […]

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TEAMA Demands Separate Panel to Study Problems Faced by Tirupur-based Garment Exporters

Though the Government of India has come up with a few new facilities for India export industry but the sector doesn’t seem to be satisfied with that. M. P. Muthurathinam, President of Tirupur Exporter and Manufacturers Association (TEAMA) said that the recent increase in duty drawback for cotton garments by 0.2 per cent and also the approval given for Interest Stabilization Scheme are not going to help the knitwear industry significantly. He further stated that […]

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Economic Sustainability: Industry requires a fresh look on Finance & Cost Management

Sustainability is all about ‘people’, ‘planet’ and ‘profit’, all of which are now ‘scarce’. While, industry makes effort to take steps for ‘people’, ‘planet’ and ‘profit’ is something which is shrinking by the day with no one having a clear vision how to perk up the same for sustainable existence. Limiting overheads, cost control efforts and sharp costing are already being used as tools to improve margins, but are the export houses doing enough on […]

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Go Go International launches new brand ‘Antigravity’

Most of the apparel exporters are now getting into domestic market also, no matter how big or small, direct or indirect the intervention is, among them there are a few who have entered the domestic market with long-term vision looking at it as another area of sustainable growth. Go Go International, Bangalore having workforce of more than 3,000 people and doing an annual business of almost US $ 30.76 million (Rs. 200 crore) has launched […]

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Lectra supported women’s wear manufacturer launches own brand

Lithuania-based high-end women’s wear manufacturing company, Kauno Baltija, which produces goods for big European brands, launched its own women’s wear brand, LOULU ET TU in 2013. It has always been a challenge since then for the company to retain its image as a hybrid company, as manufacturing and brand development are not same. To be able to accommodate these changes in their company, Kauno Baltija has adopted the 3D virtual prototyping solution by Lectra, with […]

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Survival is impossible without Government support

Most of the time Apparel Online discusses companies that are growing despite difficult situation with their different strategies, niche products or other such specialties to motivate and create examples to be emulated, but it cannot be ignored that a major part of the industry is struggling or just managing to survive, especially small and medium level companies. To overlook their issues is a disregard to a large section of the industry. Recently Apparel Online had […]

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Apparel Online A&E Golf Day: Inaugural event gets huge response in Dhaka… Next round to be bigger

Apparel Online in its commitment to provide an engaging platform for interaction and networking has made a foray into sports with the ‘Golf Day’ initiative. The first event held at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka earlier this month attracted many industry golfers and some celebrity golfers too! The brainchild of Mayank Mohindra, Director, Apparel Resources and a passionate golfer himself, ‘Golf Day’ has been designed for the industry where stalwarts can enjoy a day […]

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