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NCTO to discuss ‘US textile industry in 2017’

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) annual meeting will take place on 23 March in Washington, DC which will feature the 2017 State of the US Textile Industry speech, and policy presentations on workforce, energy, tax reform, and buy America/infrastructure issues. NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers. The programme will start with the State of the US Textile Industry speech, presented by Rob Chapman, NCTO Chairman and Chairman […]

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Soma Textiles & Industries closes spinning mill in Ahmedabad

Soma Textiles & Industries Ltd, specialising in denim fabrics, has caved under pressures like high-operation costs and decided to shut down its spinning and winding unit in Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India), after considering its viability. The unit will be shut down with immediate effect. The shares of the company, which was one of the first units to manufacture indigo denim, were last trading in BSE at Rs 5.15, as compared to the previous close of Rs […]

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AR Special: Labour issues discussed at Gangwar-Dattatreya meet

Minister of Textiles (I/C) Santosh Gangwar met Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya to discuss labour issues relating to the textile industry, with the primary focus being on the Union Government’s recent proposal to raise minimum wages for contract labour to Rs 10,000, a proposal of which the MoT is not in favour. A few days ago, the Indian apparel exporters had strongly reacted to the move for higher wages for contractual labourers. Due to its seasonal […]

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DyStar to acquire specialty chemical units of Emerald Performance Materials

DyStar LP, the US subsidiary of DyStar Global Holdings (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. – the market leader in textile industry, has entered into an agreement with Emerald Performance Materials to acquire its five specialty chemical units (the Specialties, Polymer Additives, and Nitriles business groups). “We are enthusiastic about the growth that the combination will foster. This high quality acquisition will significantly strengthen DyStar’s position in the chemical industry and we are uniquely positioned to take advantage […]

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Fire mishaps at textile units, market across India; claim 3 lives in Punjab

With the onset of summer, textile garments across India are literally facing the heat, as fires break out in several factories and markets across India within a period of one month, including three in the past less than 72 hours. Three people were killed in one such incident in Ludhiana, in its Meharban area on Saturday. The deceased were reportedly garment factory workers, who were charred to death while working at the Bajra Road unit […]

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US garment factory manager faces jail time for ‘bribing’ labour dept investigator

A garment factory general manager lands himself in trouble for offering bribe to a US Department of Labor recently for closing an investigation into wage violations. The person in question, 42-year-old Howard Quoc Trinh, who is the general manager of Seven-Bros Enterprises in La Puente city of Los Angeles county (California, US), was brought to a federal court last week, where he was convicted on two counts of bribery by the jury, following deliberations of […]

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Gujarat textile industry draws Rs 9,200-cr investment in past 4 years

Four years since its announcement, the Gujarat’s textile policy (India) has managed to draw investment commitment of Rs 9,208 crore for different units like weaving, made-ups, processing, spinning, ginning and technical textiles. The aim of the Gujarat government is to achieve Rs 20,000 crore in investment and generate 2.5 million jobs by 2017. So far, 549 textile units have been approved under this policy, the latest of which was a textile and apparel park in […]

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‘Extension of AGOA deal to improve Kenya’s apparel exports’

US’ move to extend the its African Growth and Opportunity Act agreement by a decade has been well-received by the Kenyan industry at large, which is confident that this move help the country in enhancing its apparel export capabilities by 5 percent this year to $400 million. The 10-year extension has given African manufacturers more confidence to make long-term investments, feel industry experts. Back in 2015, the East African country of Kenya exported apparel, worth […]

April 21, 2016

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Tirupur textile dyers raise processing charges

Textile dyers in Tirupur, under the banner of Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT), have raised dyeing charges to counter the effect of the sudden, steep rise in prices of dying chemicals in the past two weeks. Putting the onus of the sudden rise in dyeing charges on the “cartels of dyes manufacturers/suppliers”, DAT president S Nagarajan is reported to have said, “We are forced to raise the dyeing charges by 20 per cent for dark […]

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Economic ties with China ‘is an opportunity Nigeria cannot afford to lose’

Appreciating the potential of a China-Nigeria economic and trade cooperation as an opportunity his country can’t afford to miss, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has recently announced his country is gearing up to expand and explore new avenues in several industries, including textiles, with a focus on expediting infrastructural development in these sectors. Maintaining that an economic cooperation between the two nations would benefit both China and Nigeria, Nigerian leader is reported to have expressed his […]

April 14, 2016

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Uncertainties loom large over Gokak textile mill workers’ future

A pall of gloom seems to have descended over the 3,500-odd textile mill workers of Gokak Assembly constituency, who have been on a strike since March 8, alleging harassment by the mill authorities, and the deadlock seems nowhere near being over. No substantial initiatives have reportedly been taken up by either the mill’s management or the district administration to resolve the issue so far. While the mill workers have been alleging harassment and demanding the […]

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Fire breaks out at Bhiwandi textile factory

A multi-storey building, which houses a powerloom factory as well as doubles as a residential complex in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi area, caught fire early on Tuesday morning. Over 50 people are feared to be trapped inside the building, but around 20 others have already been rescued, initial reports said. The fire is reported to have erupted around 8.45 am. The garment factory and its godown are located on the first floor of the building, while second […]

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Chinese Company plans to set up a textile plant in Ethiopia

In a bid to bolster Ethiopian Textile industry, Chinese conglomerate Jiangsu Sunshine Group has announced to invest US $350 million for setting up a textile plant in the city of Adama. Reportedly, the new factory will produce 10 million meters of worsted wool fabrics and 1.5 million finished parts. Apparently, in the recent past, Ethiopia has attracted several foreign investors from the textile and clothing domain, including Turkish textile giant Akber and Taiwanese George Shoe […]

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30-hectare plot set aside for textile park in Raipur

As part of the Indian government’s approved projects, worth Rs 99 crore, meant for upgrading some of the key industrial infrastructure in the state of Chhattisgarh, the Chhattisgarh government will be developing a textile park. For this, the Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) has identified a 30-hectare plot of land at Khapri village in the state’s Raipur district. The proposed textile park will be designed to provide one-stop integrated facilities with manufacturing support, welfare […]

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Delhi roll back proposed 5% VAT on textile, footwear

Faced with stiff opposition from the trading community, the Delhi Government finally passed its Rs-46,600-crore Budget 2016-17, with certain amendments withdrawing 5 per cent VAT (value-added tax) on shoes priced below Rs 500 and all kinds of fabric, which had earlier been proposed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Delhi-based textile traders and the industry at-large had strongly opposed to the 5 per cent VAT, demanding that government took back this step. Now, with the […]

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