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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
AI advisor supports strategic sourcing decisions  (2017-11-20)
  US software company LevaData claims to have developed the first AI (artificial intelligence) advisor for strategic sourcing and procurement, designed to drive savings throughout the supply chain.
India on threshold of sustainable growth despite slowdown  (2017-11-20)
  India has seen an economic slowdown following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July, but a new report says this effect is expected to be temporary and the country is now on the threshold of sustainable growth.
Teijin targets formal wear with new premium black fabric  (2017-11-20)
  Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a new polyester combined-filament yarn and yarn-processing technology to create a lightweight premium black fabric that retains its colour and is expected to meet demand for easy-care formal wear.
Unions prioritise women workers rights in Ethiopia  (2017-11-20)
  Minimum wages, worker rights for women, collective bargaining and the promotion of health and safety at textile and clothing factories were among the topics discussed at a union building meeting in Ethiopia last week.
Taiwan "preparing" to join CPTPP trade pact  (2017-11-20)
  Taiwan is understood to be considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - the new name for the TPP between the remaining 11 nations minus the US - and is preparing for bilateral and multilateral negotiations.
US begins probe into trade with Sub-Saharan Africa  (2017-11-20)
  The US International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation into recent developments in the country's trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the region's trade performance and export prospects.
Sri Lanka opens first of 150 mini apparel factories  (2017-11-20)
  The first of 150 "mini" garment factories has opened in a Sri Lankan village originally set up for displaced people, as part of a US$1.8m national apparel initiative implemented by the Government.
Teijin revises CSR guidelines, targets forced labour   (2017-11-20)
  Polymer and textile specialist Teijin Limited has revised its corporate social responsibility (CSR) procurement guidelines in a move that specifies "more detailed efforts" regarding human rights and labour in supply chains.
Brandix eyes athleisure with Best Pacific fabric venture  (2017-11-20)
  Leading Sri Lankan garment exporter Brandix is launching a joint venture with synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific of Hong Kong to produce warp knit synthetic fabric and webbing in Sri Lanka.
Teijin targets outerwear with new thermal insulation  (2017-11-17)
  Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed a new polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) fibre for use in outerwear, which it says raises the wearer's wind-chill factor by 5 degrees celsius.
US retailers buoyed by progress on tax reform  (2017-11-17)
  US retailers have welcomed the approval by House Republicans of a controversial overhaul of the US tax code that slashes corporate rates.
US lawmakers oppose some NAFTA proposals  (2017-11-17)
  US lawmakers have registered their opposition to several of President Donald Trump's proposals to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), criticising the emphasis on using trade agreements to reduce the trade deficit.
Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain  (2017-11-17)
  The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors - although it hopes the vast majority will be fully remediated when its initial tenure comes to an end in May 2018.
New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying  (2017-11-17)
  A new ratings platform is now open and collecting feedback from garment suppliers on the purchasing practices of their customers, with a view to pinpointing areas of good practice and improvements that would support better workplace conditions.
Huntsman develops non-fluorinated durable water repellent  (2017-11-17)
  Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a new non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) to help brands and retailers meet global demand for eco-friendly outdoor clothing with extreme rain and stain protection repellency.