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Editorial: Can the Shift of Textile and Clothing Production to Asia be Reversed?
published in Issue 159, December 2012
Until recently, the shift of textile and clothing production from developed countries to developing countries seemed unstoppable. However, a growing number of trade sources are reporting that the shift may be starting to reverse, or at least slow down, as buyers turn increasingly to "near-sourcing". A trend towards "near-sourcing" would lead to a more efficient supply chain as delivery times and shipping costs would be reduced and communications would become easier. An increase in "near-sourcing" would also lead to a reduction in carbon footprints as fewer goods would be shipped over long distances. In this report, Robin Anson analyses the reasons why companies are looking to source closer to home, including the rise in importance of "fast fashion". He also looks at proposed investments by companies in anticipation of an increase in "near-sourcing", namely those of Lenzing and Aditya Birla, as well as proposals by Arcadia Group to step up its sourcing from the UK. This report is essential reading for anyone wanting to find out about a trend which has the potential to significantly alter the balance in textile and apparel sourcing between the East and the West.
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