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Bangladesh proposes 15% Corporate Tax for RMG sector

Giving a further boost to the readymade garment industry – the highest foreign currency earner for Bangladesh – the Government has proposed to reduce the corporate tax for the sector to 15 per cent from the existing 20 per cent, in the Budget for FY 2017-18. The garment industry is playing a vital role in the economic development and employment generation of the country, said Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith while justifying the tax cut […]


Envoy Textiles taps on robotic machinery to increase productivity

Envoy Textiles Ltd. (ETL), Bangladesh-based denim fabrics manufacturer, has taken a leap in using modern technology by installing robotic machinery to increase production and enhance the quality of its products. The world’s first platinum-rated LEED certified denim factory installed the robotic machinery in its spinning section in October last year. It has also employed 14 robotic autoconers in spinning and rotor at its Bhaluka factory to produce 55 tonnes of denim yarn per day. “The […]


Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (Pakistan) gets LEED Gold Certification

Karachi, Pakistan-based mill Artistic Fabric and Garment Industries (AFGI) has announced that its state-of-the-art denim factories are now LEED Gold certified through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design programme of United State Green Building Council (USGBC). AFGI’s units scored the highest rating points in Pakistan under USGBC’s sustainability parameters. According to the manufacturer, part of the sustainability approaches not only the facilities, but also include reducing water and chemical usage, green garment finishes and […]


Green Building Training Courses – ‘LEED’ing the way

Going green is the necessity of today, especially for the industries and the offices that grossly misuse natural resources. And  ‘Green Building’ is the new way to show your responsibility towards environment in all aspects, including planning, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction of the factory building or office building. The concept not only saves money but is also a sure way to earn respect from your clients. Team StitchWorld explores various training courses available […]

February 26, 2017


Green Factories: Why is India lagging behind its competitors?

One of the most commonly used terms in the apparel industry since the last few years has been ‘green’, but when it comes to having a green factory, Indian apparel exporters are far behind their neighbours Bangladesh or even Sri Lanka, which have set new benchmarks in walking on the green path whether it is the number of green certified factories or the level of commitment in the direction. As for India, there are around […]


REI distribution centre bags LEED Platinum certification

REI, a specialty outdoor retailer, has announced that its newest distribution centre, located in Goodyear, Arizona, USA has achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it the first distribution centre in the country to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy. The company achieved certification by implementing certain sustainable strategies and solutions throughout the building. The 2.2 megawatt solar system produces renewable energy on-site and is expected to provide the facility with 20 years of free energy […]


GenNext: Fashion Makers Group in safe hands

Established in 1980, Fashion Makers Group situated in Noida caters mainly to European markets with a wide range of women’s casual wear such as blouses, dress, skirts, and trousers in both woven and knitted fabrics. FMG is keeping pace with today’s markets’ needs by not only delivering quality products on time and at competitive prices, but also with a change in management in recent times. The company has engaged Ernst and Young to facilitate and […]


HVLS Fans: The next generation air solutions for your factory

Providing a comfortable workplace is one of the basic requirements of every manufacturing organization. Amongst the biggest concerns for managers of large facilities are energy efficiency and growing energy costs that can make heating and cooling of a large space very expensive. According to an estimate, over half (64 per cent) of a facility’s total energy usage is from heating/cooling and lighting. Though garment manufacturing facilities in South-east Asia may not require much of heating, […]


If a four-legged table were to have just three legs…

Third-party advice from consultants often brings a sense of unease and apprehension across an organization. They are often decried for a set of reasons. To cite a few – the consultants are outsiders, their interpretations and impressions of the organization are not coalescent with the top management’s vision, little hand-holding, glut of ‘know-how’ but dearth of ‘do-how’, and the list goes on. Virender Goyal, MD of Hong Kong-based APLOS agrees, “The consultancy model is not […]


Zara opens doors to SoHo flagship store

Zara has opened its new 47,361 sqft flagship store on 503-511 Broadway in New York’s South of Houston Street. The retailer, which opened its doors on Thursday, replaces Old Navy, which moved out in early 2015. Having selected the most glitzy street of the late-19th century retail architecture in the city, the retailer is going to make the most of the world’s best-known shopping districts — located on the block between Broome and Spring Streets. […]


IKEA creates a positive impact on people and planet

While sustainability for most retailers seems to focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints, LEED certification, etc., proactive retailers such as IKEA have taken it a step ahead by defining sustainability as a concept of reduction in consumption and energy costs in its day-to-day operations. As the world increasingly faces challenges with regard to social and environment concerns, IKEA continuously works across every part of its business to create a positive impact on […]

February 23, 2016