Today in the news on-line 14 March 2012

CHINA
German Monforts to present MXL process at ITMA ASIA:
Monforts will highlight its MXL (moist cross linking) process to ensure
non-iron and laundry fresh properties in association with the Thermex
8000 continuous dyeing unit at ITMA ASIA +CITME 2012 in China.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108936

Instability troubles Chinese cotton output:
Chinese farmers are less interested in sowing cotton and prefer to
plant food crops, despite better incomes from cotton. The main reason
being that, cotton consumes extra time and money compared to food
crops. Secondly, the state provides more subsidies for food crops
compared to cotton.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108894

PHILIPPINES
Foreign garment firms shift from China to Philippines:
Soaring cost of labour in regions situated along China’s southern coast
are persuading major foreign investors, especially garment producers to
invest in Philippines, Gregory Domingo, Philippines Trade Secretary,
said.
He revealed that investors who are shifting or considering relocation
to Philippines include overseas garment units, which are winding-up
their operations in China.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108842

VIET NAM
Garment Exports: The 19 Billion Dollar Target May Be Unattainable:
Garment companies have voiced their worry that the target of 19 billion
dollars worth of export turnover in 2012 could be an “impossible
mission,” for many reasons.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/garment-exports-the-19-billion-dollar-target-may-be-unattainable/

INDONESIA
Military Uniform Supplier Sritex Gets $400m Loan From Islamic Bank:
Textile manufacturer Sri Rejeki Isman has taken out a $400 million
loan, tapping into $3.3 billion in funds that the Islamic Development
Bank is making available to Indonesian companies.

more at:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/military-uniform-supplier-sritex-gets-400m-loan-from-islamic-bank/504493

Reduced buying power worries Indonesian apparel sector:
The Indonesian apparel sector is worried over the likely decline in the
purchasing power of the people post hike in fuel and electricity prices.

Indonesian Textile Association (API) said there would be decline in
purchasing power of the people as the rise in electricity and fuel
pries now look imminent.
API explained the rise in fuel prices will trigger a hike in cost of
transportation, leading to rise in prices of primary goods.
This would force people to postpone their other buying needs,
particularly clothing.

Thus, there would be a decline in demand for garments in domestic
market. This would add to the existing troubles of Indonesian apparel
sector, which is currently facing competition from imported apparel
items, especially from China.
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108945

CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s garment industry creates 335,400 jobs by 2011:
Cambodia has 309 garment and textile factories as of last year,
employing some 335,400 workers – 91 percent of them are female,
according to reports released by the country’s Ministry of Commerce on
Tuesday.
It said the sector spent about 408 million U.S. dollars for workers’
salaries last year.
Garment and textile industry is the country’s largest income maker.
Last year, the sector had exported products in equivalent to 4.24
billion U.S. dollars, up 25 percent from a year earlier.
The sector represented up to 85 percent of the country’s total exports.
The United States and European countries are the main buyers.
The export to the United States was 2.05 billion U.S. dollars last
year, up 11 percent; and the export to European countries was 1.3
billion U.S. dollars, up 42 percent, said the reports.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2012-03/13/c_131465232.htm

Workers go on strike for second day in Meanchey:
About 200 factory workers went on strike for a second day Wednesday at
the Shing Hong Da garment factory in Khan Meanchey, a source said.

Workers were quoted as saying that the factory did not agree with a
list of 10 demands and had not paid the industry’s $5 healthcare bonus
since January.
The workers also said that they would continue striking if there was no
resolution.
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the healthcare bonus in November in
exchange for tax breaks for garment manufacturers.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MjI2YjczYTBmZDcyYTMzOTkwNTlhNmI5NjliM2Iy

Cambodia lures more investments in food,textile industries:
A number of investors have recently directed their investments in
Cambodia in food processing and garment and textile industry, Minister
of Economy and Finance Keat Chhon said here Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the results of the 2011 Economic Census, the
minister said the country has huge potential for food processing
because it has abundant raw materials, especially rice, for food
processing for exports.

On the garment and textile industries, he said, Cambodia has been
granted custom duty-free for exporting to European countries.
The country initiated four food processing projects with a total
investment of 45 million U.S. dollars last year.
These rice processing, beer and soft drinks projects were joint
ventures with China, and Malaysia.

Cambodida has set up 92 new garment factories with investment totaling
405 million dollars. Investors are from South Korea, China, China’s
Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, the United States, Britain, Mauritius, and
Samoa.
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8775:-cambodia-lures-more-investments-in-foodtextile-industries-finance-minister&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

Workers Sue in Shooting Case:
Two female factory workers in eastern Cambodia filed lawsuits Tuesday
accusing a former governor of premeditated murder after he became the
sole suspect of a shooting case in which the duo were injured.
They are seeking from former Bavet city governor Chhoun Bandit
compensation and reimbursements for medical bills incurred while
undergoing treatment for bullet wounds in hospital.

more at:
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/lawsuit-03132012170105.html

Why Are So Many Cambodian Protesters Getting Shot These Days?
It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to be a peaceful protester in many
parts of the world, and impoverished, corrupt Cambodia is no exception.

more at:
http://www.undispatch.com/why-are-so-many-cambodian-protesters-getting-shot-these-days

+ ATTACHED from BetterFactories:

Victims of SEZ shooting demand $95,000.gif

MYANMAR

(it was an item a month ago..)

Talks fail as Rangoon strikers push on:
Workers yarn clothes at a garment factory in Hlaing Thar industrial
zone in Rangoon, which is no stranger to protest (Reuters)

Employers have refused to budge on demands made by workers at a shoe
factory in Rangoon whose strike, now in its second week, has once again
drawn attention to poor labour conditions in Burma.

more at:
http://www.dvb.no/news/talks-fail-as-rangoon-strikers-push-on/20230

New labour law goes into effect in Burma;
The new Labour Organization Law has been approved by President Thein
Sein, according to a Xinhua news agency article on Saturday.

ilo-logoApproved last year by Parliament, the law protects employees’
rights, allows the formation labour associations and establishes
procedures for holding a workers’ strike.

The Labour Organization Law was enacted in accordance with the
provisions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and its
recommendations, the article said quoting domestic sources.

more at:
http://www.mizzima.com/business/6744-new-labour-law-goes-into-effect-in-burma.html

New Labor Law Will Prevent Worker Disputes: ILO
A new labor organization law that gives Burmese workers the right to
free association, create trade unions and strike will help minimize
industrial action, claims the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Steve Marshall, Rangoon liaison officer for the ILO, told The Irrawaddy
that the law would hopefully prevent strikes and labor disputes. The
legislation came into effect on Friday and gives Burmese workers the
right to walk out for the first time since 1962.

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=23200

New Labor Law Will Prevent Worker Disputes: ILO
A new labor organization law that gives Burmese workers the right to
free association, create trade unions and strike will help minimize
industrial action, claims the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Steve Marshall, Rangoon liaison officer for the ILO, told The Irrawaddy
that the law would hopefully prevent strikes and labor disputes. The
legislation came into effect on Friday and gives Burmese workers the
right to walk out for the first time since 1962.

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=23200

BANGLA DESH
Businessmen for alternative markets for cotton import:
Business leaders today said Bangladesh should look for alternative
markets instead of depending only on India that every now and then
imposes ban on export of cotton.
India, the world’s second-largest producer of cotton, on Monday issued
an order, rolling back the decision of ban, but not for full resumption
of export, according to media reports.
Earlier, Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma promised a full withdrawal
of the ban, but it was not done as there was reports to the Indian
government that China, which imports 85 per cent cotton of its demand
from India, was stockpiling Indian cotton.

more at:
http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/economy.htm

Flip-flop Indian cotton export policy annoys B’desh:
The recent sudden imposition of ban on cotton exports by India, and the
subsequent partial rollback of the same a week later, will impact the
production and export of Bangladesh’s textile and readymade garment
sectors.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108926

Bangladesh garment export growth slackens:
Bangladesh’s apparel exports have shown a positive growth rate during
the initial eight months of the current fiscal which started on July 1,
2011. However, the growth momentum has slowed down due to financial
crunch in EU, the country’s main apparel export destination.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108892

INDIA
Hike in customs duty on raw silk opposed:
The Banarasi Cloth Producers Union (Banarasi Vastra Udyog Sangh) has
urged the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, to refrain from
increasing customs duty on raw silk imports.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2991639.ece?homepage=true

IFF commences with forecasts for Indian fashion segment:
The first day of the 12th edition of India Fashion Forum (IFF), the
largest congregation of the fashion industry, witnessed a euphoric
start with renowned fashion brands and industry stalwarts sharing their
perspectives and forecasts for the Indian fashion segment.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108935

Infashion 2012 kicks off:
The second edition of Infashion, the international textile and
ingredient innovation show, witnessed an exhilarating start with strong
participation from stalwarts of the Indian textile industry.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108933

PAKISTAN

Textiles is a priority sector for govt’ – Pak official:
The Government of Pakistan has identified textiles as a priority sector
and is supporting the country’s textile sector to achieve an ambitious
export target mentioned in the 2009-14 Textile Policy, an official has
said.

The countCHINA
German Monforts to present MXL process at ITMA ASIA:
Monforts will highlight its MXL (moist cross linking) process to ensure
non-iron and laundry fresh properties in association with the Thermex
8000 continuous dyeing unit at ITMA ASIA +CITME 2012 in China.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108936

Instability troubles Chinese cotton output:
Chinese farmers are less interested in sowing cotton and prefer to
plant food crops, despite better incomes from cotton. The main reason
being that, cotton consumes extra time and money compared to food
crops. Secondly, the state provides more subsidies for food crops
compared to cotton.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108894

PHILIPPINES
Foreign garment firms shift from China to Philippines:
Soaring cost of labour in regions situated along China’s southern coast
are persuading major foreign investors, especially garment producers to
invest in Philippines, Gregory Domingo, Philippines Trade Secretary,
said.
He revealed that investors who are shifting or considering relocation
to Philippines include overseas garment units, which are winding-up
their operations in China.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108842

VIET NAM
Garment Exports: The 19 Billion Dollar Target May Be Unattainable:
Garment companies have voiced their worry that the target of 19 billion
dollars worth of export turnover in 2012 could be an “impossible
mission,” for many reasons.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/garment-exports-the-19-billion-dollar-target-may-be-unattainable/

INDONESIA
Military Uniform Supplier Sritex Gets $400m Loan From Islamic Bank:
Textile manufacturer Sri Rejeki Isman has taken out a $400 million
loan, tapping into $3.3 billion in funds that the Islamic Development
Bank is making available to Indonesian companies.

more at:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/military-uniform-supplier-sritex-gets-400m-loan-from-islamic-bank/504493

Reduced buying power worries Indonesian apparel sector:
The Indonesian apparel sector is worried over the likely decline in the
purchasing power of the people post hike in fuel and electricity prices.

Indonesian Textile Association (API) said there would be decline in
purchasing power of the people as the rise in electricity and fuel
pries now look imminent.
API explained the rise in fuel prices will trigger a hike in cost of
transportation, leading to rise in prices of primary goods.
This would force people to postpone their other buying needs,
particularly clothing.

Thus, there would be a decline in demand for garments in domestic
market. This would add to the existing troubles of Indonesian apparel
sector, which is currently facing competition from imported apparel
items, especially from China.
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108945

CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s garment industry creates 335,400 jobs by 2011:
Cambodia has 309 garment and textile factories as of last year,
employing some 335,400 workers – 91 percent of them are female,
according to reports released by the country’s Ministry of Commerce on
Tuesday.
It said the sector spent about 408 million U.S. dollars for workers’
salaries last year.
Garment and textile industry is the country’s largest income maker.
Last year, the sector had exported products in equivalent to 4.24
billion U.S. dollars, up 25 percent from a year earlier.
The sector represented up to 85 percent of the country’s total exports.
The United States and European countries are the main buyers.
The export to the United States was 2.05 billion U.S. dollars last
year, up 11 percent; and the export to European countries was 1.3
billion U.S. dollars, up 42 percent, said the reports.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2012-03/13/c_131465232.htm

Workers go on strike for second day in Meanchey:
About 200 factory workers went on strike for a second day Wednesday at
the Shing Hong Da garment factory in Khan Meanchey, a source said.

Workers were quoted as saying that the factory did not agree with a
list of 10 demands and had not paid the industry’s $5 healthcare bonus
since January.
The workers also said that they would continue striking if there was no
resolution.
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the healthcare bonus in November in
exchange for tax breaks for garment manufacturers.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MjI2YjczYTBmZDcyYTMzOTkwNTlhNmI5NjliM2Iy

Cambodia lures more investments in food,textile industries:
A number of investors have recently directed their investments in
Cambodia in food processing and garment and textile industry, Minister
of Economy and Finance Keat Chhon said here Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the results of the 2011 Economic Census, the
minister said the country has huge potential for food processing
because it has abundant raw materials, especially rice, for food
processing for exports.

On the garment and textile industries, he said, Cambodia has been
granted custom duty-free for exporting to European countries.
The country initiated four food processing projects with a total
investment of 45 million U.S. dollars last year.
These rice processing, beer and soft drinks projects were joint
ventures with China, and Malaysia.

Cambodida has set up 92 new garment factories with investment totaling
405 million dollars. Investors are from South Korea, China, China’s
Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, the United States, Britain, Mauritius, and
Samoa.
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8775:-cambodia-lures-more-investments-in-foodtextile-industries-finance-minister&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

Workers Sue in Shooting Case:
Two female factory workers in eastern Cambodia filed lawsuits Tuesday
accusing a former governor of premeditated murder after he became the
sole suspect of a shooting case in which the duo were injured.
They are seeking from former Bavet city governor Chhoun Bandit
compensation and reimbursements for medical bills incurred while
undergoing treatment for bullet wounds in hospital.

more at:
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/lawsuit-03132012170105.html

Why Are So Many Cambodian Protesters Getting Shot These Days?
It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to be a peaceful protester in many
parts of the world, and impoverished, corrupt Cambodia is no exception.

more at:
http://www.undispatch.com/why-are-so-many-cambodian-protesters-getting-shot-these-days

+ ATTACHED from BetterFactories:

Victims of SEZ shooting demand $95,000.gif

MYANMAR

(it was an item a month ago..)

Talks fail as Rangoon strikers push on:
Workers yarn clothes at a garment factory in Hlaing Thar industrial
zone in Rangoon, which is no stranger to protest (Reuters)

Employers have refused to budge on demands made by workers at a shoe
factory in Rangoon whose strike, now in its second week, has once again
drawn attention to poor labour conditions in Burma.

more at:
http://www.dvb.no/news/talks-fail-as-rangoon-strikers-push-on/20230

New labour law goes into effect in Burma;
The new Labour Organization Law has been approved by President Thein
Sein, according to a Xinhua news agency article on Saturday.

ilo-logoApproved last year by Parliament, the law protects employees’
rights, allows the formation labour associations and establishes
procedures for holding a workers’ strike.

The Labour Organization Law was enacted in accordance with the
provisions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and its
recommendations, the article said quoting domestic sources.

more at:
http://www.mizzima.com/business/6744-new-labour-law-goes-into-effect-in-burma.html

New Labor Law Will Prevent Worker Disputes: ILO
A new labor organization law that gives Burmese workers the right to
free association, create trade unions and strike will help minimize
industrial action, claims the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Steve Marshall, Rangoon liaison officer for the ILO, told The Irrawaddy
that the law would hopefully prevent strikes and labor disputes. The
legislation came into effect on Friday and gives Burmese workers the
right to walk out for the first time since 1962.

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=23200

New Labor Law Will Prevent Worker Disputes: ILO
A new labor organization law that gives Burmese workers the right to
free association, create trade unions and strike will help minimize
industrial action, claims the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Steve Marshall, Rangoon liaison officer for the ILO, told The Irrawaddy
that the law would hopefully prevent strikes and labor disputes. The
legislation came into effect on Friday and gives Burmese workers the
right to walk out for the first time since 1962.

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=23200

BANGLA DESH
Businessmen for alternative markets for cotton import:
Business leaders today said Bangladesh should look for alternative
markets instead of depending only on India that every now and then
imposes ban on export of cotton.
India, the world’s second-largest producer of cotton, on Monday issued
an order, rolling back the decision of ban, but not for full resumption
of export, according to media reports.
Earlier, Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma promised a full withdrawal
of the ban, but it was not done as there was reports to the Indian
government that China, which imports 85 per cent cotton of its demand
from India, was stockpiling Indian cotton.

more at:
http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/economy.htm

Flip-flop Indian cotton export policy annoys B’desh:
The recent sudden imposition of ban on cotton exports by India, and the
subsequent partial rollback of the same a week later, will impact the
production and export of Bangladesh’s textile and readymade garment
sectors.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108926

Bangladesh garment export growth slackens:
Bangladesh’s apparel exports have shown a positive growth rate during
the initial eight months of the current fiscal which started on July 1,
2011. However, the growth momentum has slowed down due to financial
crunch in EU, the country’s main apparel export destination.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108892

INDIA
Hike in customs duty on raw silk opposed:
The Banarasi Cloth Producers Union (Banarasi Vastra Udyog Sangh) has
urged the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, to refrain from
increasing customs duty on raw silk imports.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2991639.ece?homepage=true

IFF commences with forecasts for Indian fashion segment:
The first day of the 12th edition of India Fashion Forum (IFF), the
largest congregation of the fashion industry, witnessed a euphoric
start with renowned fashion brands and industry stalwarts sharing their
perspectives and forecasts for the Indian fashion segment.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108935

Infashion 2012 kicks off:
The second edition of Infashion, the international textile and
ingredient innovation show, witnessed an exhilarating start with strong
participation from stalwarts of the Indian textile industry.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108933

PAKISTAN

Textiles is a priority sector for govt’ – Pak official:
The Government of Pakistan has identified textiles as a priority sector
and is supporting the country’s textile sector to achieve an ambitious
export target mentioned in the 2009-14 Textile Policy, an official has
said.

The country aims to attain a US$ 25 billion mark in textile exports by
2014, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Textile, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig,
said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Ninth Textile Asia
2012 International Exhibition.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108889

ry aims to attain a US$ 25 billion mark in textile exports by
2014, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Textile, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig,
said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Ninth Textile Asia
2012 International Exhibition.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108889

map of Asia

CHINA
* MXL process
* Instability troubles Chinese cotton

PHILIPPINES
* garment firms shift

VIET NAM
* Garment Exports

INDONESIA
* Military Uniform Supplier Sritex Gets $400m Loan,
* Reduced buying power worries Indonesian apparel sector

CAMBODIA
* Cambodia’s garment industry creates 335,400 jobs
* Workers go on strike
* Cambodia lures more investments in food,textile industries
* Workers Sue in Shooting Case
* Why Are So Many Cambodian Protesters Getting Shot These Days
* Attached from BetterFactories

MYANMAR
* Talks fail as Rangoon strikers push on
* New labour law goes into effect in Burma
* New Labor Law Will Prevent Worker Disputes: ILO

BANGLA DESH
* Businessmen for alternative markets for cotton import
* Flip-flop Indian cotton export policy
* Bangladesh garment export growth slackens

INDIA
* Hike in customs duty on raw silk opposed
* IFF commences with forecasts
* Infashion 2012 kicks off

PAKISTAN
* Textiles is a priority sector for govt’

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And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
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