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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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New York gets US $ 51.3 million package to stabilize garment manufacturing

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the Garment District Alliance, has announced that it will invest a package worth US $ 51.3 million to help stabilize and strengthen the garment manufacturing industry in New York City. As per the collaboration, the investment will cover technology, business technical assistance and workforce development that will be made available to factories in the five […]

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Three start-up units in apparel export arena; niche products their success route

In a time when established Indian apparel exporters are finding it difficult to survive because of the near recessionary market, few young companies are not only entering into apparel export market, but are growing too. All these companies have a niche focus, participate at international sourcing fairs and are also exploring new customers from across the world for further growth. Meet Tushar Sharma, an IIT Delhi pass-out… Rather than exploring engineering, he forayed into designer […]

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START-UP Entrepreneurship: Transformation from learning to execution

An important engine of growth in the economy, start-up entrepreneurs are usually characterized with their out-of-the-box idea, risk-taking attribute, self-confidence and decision making ability. Is it really that bright idea that comes to mind like a flash of light or is it the problem-solving idea by finding the gaps that comes over a period of understanding and experience in the industry? Experience gained over the years in the apparel industry acted as business incubator or […]

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Cross River garment unit to produce Nigerian police, Peace Corps uniforms

A tripartite deal is expected to be inked among state garment factory of Cross River Government, Nigerian Police and Peace Corps of Nigeria for production of their uniforms. This was announced by State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Rosemary Archibong. The yet to be inaugurated garment factory is equipped with all the facilities to produce military and paramilitary uniforms. “We are happy that the Nigerian Police and the Peace Corps have indicated interest to sow […]

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Myanmar to develop specialized textile and garment zone

Myanmar Government has decided to develop a specialized textile and garment zone in the country with an aim to attract investment from both local and foreign players. A joint assessment by the Ministry of Industry and a Japanese company is underway to set up the zone at 127 acres land of garment factory in Shwe Taung. It will also be helpful in generating job and play significant role in the growth country’s economy. Myanmar Investment […]

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Asmara in Vietnam: Business growing on the inherent strengths of the country

The recently concluded TPP agreement, with Vietnam as signatory, only adds to the other inherent strengths that the country has in apparel manufacturing from disciplined workforce to political stability. In 2015, Vietnam exported garments worth US $ 27.3 billion, employing 2.5 million workers and constituting a fifth of all new jobs created in the country. In a series of articles on ‘Why Vietnam…?’ both from a manufacturing and buyers perspective, Apparel Online brings views of […]

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States’ efforts to encourage investments in new locations gain momentum

To survive competition and improve bottom lines, new factories have to be located at more competitive locations where not only the labour costs are cheaper, but the right kind of ecosphere has been developed for the smooth functioning of the factory… A good advice, no doubt, but where are these new locations…, is what the industry is asking. While states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been trying to encourage investors […]

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Sudanese President inaugurates Sur clothing factory

Omar al-Bashir, President, Sudan; Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; and Fikri Isik, Defence Minister, Turkey inaugurated the new phase of Sur military and civilian clothing factory jointly owned by Qatar, Sudan and Turkey. The factory aims to provide high quality military, logistic and civilian products to the Middle East and Africa following global standards. New production lines are scheduled to open in the month of May this year. The […]

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Solapur (Maharashtra) to set-up garment park

Indian Government has decided to set up a Rs. 300 crore garment park in Solapur, Maharashtra to promote the city as a major garment hub. Nearly 27 acres of land belonging to erstwhile Narsing Girji Mill in Solapur has been identified for the same. The groundbreaking ceremony of the park would take place on 26th January. The Government will provide all required infrastructure to successfully complete and launch this park. The park will provide employment […]

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Apparel industry, the root of all expansions and diversifications at Aamra

As much clichéd as it may sound, ‘the power of WE’ is truly a part of the corporate culture of Aamra, which has as many as 250 out of total 1,200 team members working with it that have been with the company over 20 years, almost since its inception in 1985 by the Ahmed brothers – Syed Faruque and  Syed Farhad. “Our name is not a gimmick; we have created a business that has a […]

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Solapur (Maharashtra) to develop as ‘school uniform manufacturing hub’

Solapur district in Maharashtra (India), which is known for easy availability of transport, labour and raw materials, is set to develop as a major supplier of school uniforms for the whole country. The region has more than 1,000 garment manufacturing units and is well connected with the rest of the country with railway and road networks apart from its proximity to three airports: Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. As of day, the region is contributing 6-7 […]

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US garment factories violating labour laws: Report

US Department of Labour recently conducted 77 investigations at randomly selected garment contractors in Southern California and found violations 85 per cent of the time, resulting in US $ 1.3 million in back wages for 865 workers. The contractors were working for both bargain retailers such as Ross and TJ Maxx, and high-end stores including Nordstrom. Wage violations have long been commonplace in the fashion industry, but officials say the number of violations are now […]

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Zas Apparels moves out of Dhaka to overcome operational challenges

One amongst the first to shift out of Dhaka to set up garment manufacturing facilities, Zas Apparels, in a way was a trendsetter. This transition was not smooth, as Narayangong area at that time was a remote corner. Lot many bottlenecks have been removed since then, but many operational challenges still remain. Zakirul Alam, Director – Zas Apparels (Pvt.) Ltd., in a one-on-one with Team Apparel Online, discussed the challenges faced when establishing manufacturing facilities […]

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Planning and tactical manoeuvres behind Top Grade’s success in Bangladesh

A readymade garment manufacturing and sourcing company with its manufacturing facilities in Vietnam and liaison (sourcing) offices across the globe, Top Grade International Enterprise Limited established by German entrepreneur Thomas Hebestreit in 1995 is a US $ 600 million entity headquartered in Hong Kong supplying apparel items cutting across geographical locations. “Bangladesh office mainly caters to Lidl, Takko Holding GmbH, Ernsting’s Family and Wappen Men’s Fashion GmbH apart from some Brazilian buyers like Cia Haring, […]

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