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Fire breaks out at handicrafts unit in Jodhpur (India)

In yet another incident of fire, a handicrafts manufacturing unit gutted when a massive fire broke out in Dhan Laxmi Arts in Indian city Jodhpur. No loss of life was reported in the incident. It took at least two hours to douse the flame. Combustible material present in the unit and wind spread the fire fast. Around a dozen fire tenders were deployed to douse the flame. At the time of incident some labourers were […]


India’s Cochin Port Trust proposes facilities to handle cotton trade

Cochin Port Trust, a Government of India establishment which governs Cochin Port – a major port on the Laccadive Sea – Indian Ocean sea-route and is one of the largest ports in India, is planning to develop Kochi, India as cotton trade hub. This has been revealed by the port Chairman P Raveendran, who took over the charge recently. The port officials have reportedly approached Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) to discuss the dedicated facilities […]

April 25, 2017


Online fashion retail to touch US $ 30 billion by 2020: Report

India’s consumer spending is now heavily influenced by ‘mobile’ where fashion retail/shopping is emerging out as a key segment thriving in the digital era, as per the report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Facebook titled ‘Fashion Forward 2020’. The report mentions that the Indian fashion market is currently estimated at US $ 70 billion, where online contributes to about 5 per cent of the total at around US $ 4 billion. The report further highlights that […]


Gujarat (India) gets new trade body for garment industry

A new trade body – Association of Apparel Manufacturers and Exporters of Gujarat (AAMEG) – has been formed in Gujarat, India, to address the issues being faced by the garment industry. The organization will take care of development and growth of the sector. “Textiles have a strong base in Gujarat. Now, we need to focus on developing the garment industry in the state. We should organise more trade shows to create awareness about fairs, as […]


Apparel Resources interviews Puma India’s Apparel Sourcing Head

Shirish Srivastava, Country Manager – Apparel Sourcing (India) at Puma Global Sourcing, Bangalore an ex-Niftian, a lean manufacturing expert and a black belt in six sigma, has over 16 years of sourcing experience from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Apparel Resources talked to him on sourcing and allied issues in apparel industry. He has worked with Indian apparel exporters, international brands and buying houses like Shahi Exports, Impulse International, Enamor and Adidas India. Working […]


Telangana (India) gets Juki Sewing Machine Training Centre

K T Rama Rao, IT Minister of Telangana, India recently inaugurated Juki Sewing Machine Training Centre at Textile Park in Sircilla District of the state. Darnala Lakshma Reddy, Chairman, SES; D Krishna Bhaskar, District Collector; Yasmine Basha, Joint Collector; Shyam Lal Prasad, District Revenue Officer; and Srinivas Reddy, Additional Director of the Handloom & Textile Department were also present at the inauguration ceremony. With a setup of 40 sewing machines, about 200 women will be […]


India’s Pearl Academy is now AMHSSC affiliated!

Pearl Academy, a Delhi (India)-based fashion institute with centres in Noida, Mumbai and Jaipur, is now AMHSSC-affiliated (Apparel, Made-ups, Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council), to make students industry ready and provide them a competitive edge to succeed in the skill-oriented creative domains. Dr. Roopak Vasishtha, CEO and Director General, AMHSSC said, “The tie up between AMHSSC and Pearl Academy is a great step towards boosting entrepreneurship and increasing employment opportunities for the students. After acquiring […]


India’s Gunina Solutions to create entrepreneurs for apparel and textile industry

Gunina Solutions (GS), a skill development firm dedicated to apparel and textile industry, has planned to create 100 entrepreneurs for the industry in FY 2017-18 through its training wing ‘GS Skilling Accelerator’ which works in collaboration with Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS). A scheme by Ministry of Textiles (MoT), India, ISDS has led to an upsurge in social entrepreneurship among various stakeholders including, Mobilization Agencies, Training Agencies, Assessment and Certification Agencies as well as Placement […]


FIEO targets US $ 500 billion exports in 2017-18

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has set a target to achieve merchandise exports to be around US $ 315 billion and services exports to about US $ 185 billion in FY 2017-18. This has disclosed by new FIEO President Ganesh Kumar Gupta in a release issued by the organization. The Federation expects to end the fiscal 2016-17 with an export of about US $ 270-275 billion as against US $ 262 billion in […]


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 […]


Odisha Skill Development Authority (India) to team up with NIFT-TEA Institute

Odisha Skill Development Authority (India) will team up with the Tirupur knitwear industry stakeholders to ensure ‘specifically trained manpower’ from Odisha for apparel production. The skill development authority would take help from the NIFT-TEA Knitwear Institute to build knitwear industry-specific lessons into the training programmes which it had already been running through various institutes in Odisha, India. The experts from NIFT-TEA Institute will visit Odisha to oversee the existing training programmes for textile industry and […]


Two Indian textile companies involved in Black Money!?

Two listed Indian textile companies – SEL Manufacturing Company Ltd., Ludhiana and Neo Corporation International Ltd. (NCIL), Indore are under the scanner for reported involvement in black money. Both have however denied any wrongdoing. Indian news agency PTI has reported that the country is approaching Switzerland for bank details of around ten persons and entities. Apart from these two textile companies, others are associated with an art curator and his carpet export business. They are […]


Technical textiles to boost Indian textile industry

The Indian textiles industry, currently estimated at around US $ 108 billion, is expected to reach US $ 223 billion by 2021. This was stated by Sanjay Aggarwal, Chairman, Industry Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI) during an exhibition-cum-buyer-seller meet on technical textiles in New Delhi last month. Besides textile industry, technical textile industry which stood at Rs. 92,499 crore in 2015-16 is expected to grow at 12 per cent CAGR and […]


These factors are affecting apparel industry in India

‘Overvalued rupee’ combined with ‘higher input costs’ due to ‘rise in cotton prices’ has hit apparel industry – recognized as the largest employment generator after agriculture in India. The sector offers direct or indirect employment to 10.5 crore persons who includes marginalized, unskilled and women in the country. “The growing cotton prices and rupee appreciation is not only going to nullify the intended impact of the package, but also weaken India’s position against our competitors, […]


EPCH welcomes joint venture between Indian, US companies

India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is delighted to welcome a major ‘USA’s  Buying Account to India’ signed in Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 24, 2017 between Currey of USA and Vasu India. “Due to high purchasing power of Indian population and overall changing scenario in the country in the field of digitalization, Make in India initiative, low labour salaries in comparison to other countries, India has become most favoured Nation for multinational companies […]

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