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  • STOCKHOLM - Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, is appealing for input into proposed new criteria for the ecolabelling of textiles.The organisation behind the symbol - known to nine out of ten Nordic consumers and looked for by half of them when shopping - has gone out to public consultation on its proposals.All common fibre types such as wool, cotton, viscose, nylon and polyester, as well as silk, are covered by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel criteria which sets requi
  • US-based Eastman Machine Company has announced lately to appoint Nottinghamshire-based TeCS to represent its automated cutting lines in the UK and Ireland.TeCS is a team of technicians, experienced engineers and CAD/CAM specialists which has vast experience in cutting application analysis, cutting room implementation as well as services to various machine manufacturers.According to Shaun Doohan, Owner, TeCS, “Eastman is part of our DNA and that DNA has flowed through nearly every cutting room we
  • When International Apparel Federation, better known as IAF, was started back in 1972 in USA, the entire objective was to encourage best practices and help apparel manufacturers across the globe.Image Courtesy: bizjournals.comAnd that they have been doing so successfully is the reason why IAF has become a force to reckon with in last 5 decades.Therefore, it didn’t come as surprise when IAF pledged its commitment to digitisation as it stepped into the ‘new normal’ world. After all isn’t digitisati
  • The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has set a $37.44-billion export target for fiscal year (FY) 2020-21, 13 percent higher than the expected export receipts to reach $33 billion by the end of current fiscal year, 2019-20. The initial target for the outgoing fiscal was $45.50 billion.As per the target, the ready-made garment (RMG) sector will contribute more than 82 percent. Additionally service export will contribute $7.6 billion. However, EPB has prepared this proposal and sent to the commerce mi
  • GENEVA - The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has launched its 2019 annual report in which it reveals that 22 per cent of global cotton is now producedunder its principles.The 2019 report reveals that licensed BCI Farmers in 23 different countries produced 5.6 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton - enough to make a pair of jeans for everyone in the world.BCI provided training on more sustainable agricultural practices to 2.3 million cotton farmers – and 2.1 million of them gained a licence to se
  • The whole world is now badly infected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the COVID-19 related health and safety issues, there is a need to discuss possible measures for liquidity in the economy and financial sector. COVID-19 can certainly cause a global recession, and in the worst-case scenario, it could even take the form of a great depression. Like many other economies, Bangladesh’s economy is likely to be badly damaged. According to economists, Bangladesh’s GDP could shrink by 2-3 perce
  • The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), the Cambodia Footwear Association (CFA), and the European Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (EuroCham), have sent a joint reply to the European Parliament again appealing to postpone the August 16, 2020 scheduled partial withdrawal of Cambodia's Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences.The three associations' joint response is to a letter issued by the Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, Bernd Lange,
  • Rudolf Group has introduced an antimicrobial coating for textile applications with antibacterial and antiviral properties. With COVID-19 causing an increase in demand for products with antimicrobial properties, Rudolf invested in adding antiviral feature to one of its leading technologies. This resulted in a new antibacterial and antiviral textile finishing.As a consequence of COVID-19 global pandemic the demand for chemical auxiliaries with antimicrobial effect has boomed. Rudolf Group invested
  • TheBetter Cotton Initiative (BCI)has launched its 2019 annual report. In the report, BCI shares that Better Cotton, cotton produced by licensed BCI farmers in line with the initiative’s Better Cotton principles and criteria, now accounts for 22 per cent of global cotton production. BCI is one of the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world.Pic: ShutterstockIn the 2018-19 cotton season, together with expert on-the-ground implementing partners and with support from more than 1,800 memb
  • UK retailershave reported another steep drop in sales in this year till June, but stronger growth for grocers and stable volumes in the specialist food and drink sector ensured a slower pace of decline than in May, according to theConfederation of British Industry’s (CBI)monthly Distributive Trades Survey, conducted between 27 May and 12 June.Pic: ShutterstockThe survey revealed that retailers expect sales volumes to fall at a slightly faster pace in the year to July, mostly reflecting slower gr
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