Industry News

Date : 2016-07-30


Source: East Asia Forum

Vietnam has transformed from one of the world’s poorest countries to a lower middle income economy in just 25 years. Beginning in 1986, Vietnam undertook key structural reforms in various areas, including state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform, private sector development, financial reform, public expenditure management and trade liberalisation. The World Bank predicts that Vietnam could be at the same income level that Malaysia is today by 2035 if the government embraced a number of further structural and institutional reforms.


Date : 2016-07-21


Source: The Economic Times

COIMBATORE: The Madras high court court has ordered a pay rise of up to 30 per cent for hundreds of thousands of garment workers in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the first minimum wage hike in more than 12 years.

Date : 2016-07-16


Source: Business Standard

At a time when the Rs 2,50,000-crore domestic apparel industry faces a severe demand slowdown, rising imports of used garments are adding to the woes of garment manufacturers.

Categorised as restricted item (which means import not possible without government licences), the government has issued only 16 licences so far for players only in Kandla Specialised Economic Zone  (SEZ). Import of used garments elsewhere in the country is banned.

Date : 2016-07-11

Source: The Hindu

SA group of garment-sector entrepreneurs, who are part of Young Indians (Yi), is all set to embark on a mission to make Tirupur grow beyond the image of a knitwear hub.

They plan to diversify into denim and woven garment production on a massive scale by setting up production bases in countries from where they will get trade advantages to emerging niche markets.

Date : 2016-07-03

Source: Reuters

Some leaders of Bangladesh's $26 billion garment industry expect Western fashion retailers to review their ties with the world's second-largest garment exporter after 18 foreigners were killed in an attack on a Dhaka restaurant.

Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest countries, relies on garments for around 80 percent of its exports and for about 4 million jobs, and ranks behind only China as a supplier of clothes to developed markets like Europe and the United States.

Date : 2016-06-25

Source: The Fashion Law

An Indian government initiative to create millions of jobs and increase exports in the textile and garment industries could put vulnerable workers at greater risk, activists said, calling for better enforcement of existing labor laws. A package to generate 10 million jobs and boost exports by $30 billion over three years was unveiled on Wednesday but the measures, including cutting overtime, have raised concerns about workers' rights.

Date : 2016-06-19

Source: DhakaTribune

The country's textile and garment makers have renewed their demands for 0.30% tax at source for the next fiscal year to attract more investment.

If it is not possible, they have urged the government to continue the exiting 0.6% for the next fiscal year 2016-17 for the sake of creating more jobs.

Several leaders of the RMG and textile sectors came up with the call at a joint press conference at BGMEA headquarters in the city yesterday.

Date : 2016-06-09

Source: Sourcing Journal

The Ministry of Labor released a statement Monday asking factory owners and unions to start preparing for the next round of negotiations, Cambodia Daily reported. The talks are scheduled to start in August, with final discussions between government, union and employer representatives pegged for October.

A new minimum wage is expected to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Date : 2016-06-01

Source: The Hindu

Garment manufacturers in Tirupur knitwear cluster will explore the possibilities of using wool more in knitwear production to sustain the business all through the year.

Presently, the manufacturers in the cluster are struggling to maintain the momentum round the year due to lack of adequate diversification into value-added winter garments.


Date : 2016-05-29


MUMBAI — Global clothing brands must take responsibility for the millions of workers in Asia who are poorly paid by suppliers and ignored by governments, said a campaigner for higher wages in the region, ahead of an International Labour Organization (ILO) conference.

Asia accounts for more than 60% of the world's garment production, with the industry employing more than 15 million people directly, most of them women.