Today in the news on-line 18 March 2012

CHINA
Chinese textile & garment exports crash in Feb:
Chinese textile and garment exports crashed in February 2012 from its
previous month, according to customs statistics. China’s …..

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http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109041

INDONESIA
Indonesian textile imports from China surge post-ACFTA:
Indonesia’s import of textile and apparel items from China is expected
to have risen significantly after the implementation of the ASEAN-China
Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) in January 2010, according to the
Indonesian Textile Association (API).
Chinese textile and garment items enjoyed approximately 40 percent
share in Indonesia’s domestic market in 2010. It is now estimated to
have grown to around 60 percent because of the implementation of ACFTA,
API said.

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Textile training centre to be set up in West Java:
A textile training centre will be set up in the Indonesian province of
West Java by the …

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Rise in power tariff to hurt Indonesian garment sector:
The planned 10 percent rise in electricity tariff is likely to
negatively impact the garment industry in Indonesia, which is already
facing trouble due to weakening export demand amid the eurozone debt
crisis.
Speaking to fibre2fashion, Mr. Ade Sudrajat, Chairman, Indonesian
Textile Association (API), said, “The Government is planning to raise
the electricity tariffs by about 10 percent over the existing tariff
rates from July this year.”

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THAILAND
Garment giants’ wage threat:
Thailand’s 15 biggest garment makers will stop expanding locally to
show their opposition to the 300-baht daily minimum wage, says the
president of the Thai Garment Manufacturers Association.
The companies could not shoulder the increase in production costs
resulting from higher wages at a time when they were already affected
by a shortage of workers in the industry, Sukij Kongpiyajarn said on
Friday.
The association made the announcement on behalf of executives of the 15
factories with the largest investment value in the country.

more at:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/284711/garment-giants-wage-threat

Garment makers body requests tax relief:
The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association has asked the government to
help improve labour efficiency and reduce the income tax levied on
revenue from investments abroad.
Such assistance could reduce the burden manufacturers will face after
the daily minimum wage increase in Bangkok and six provinces next
month.
The global market is very tough these days for garment makers, as it is
difficult to increase unit prices because economies are weak and the
competition is fierce, said Vallop Vitanakorn, an adviser to the Thai
Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA).
Garment exports will be US$3.2 billion this year, the same as last
year, he said. Rising production costs in Thailand are a factor in flat
exports.

more at:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/284754/garment-makers-body-requests-tax-relief

Six top garment makers fleeing to low-wage Burma:
At least six leading garment manufacturers plan to set up plants in
Burma in the second half of the year after the country has made clear
moves towards democracy and flexibility in its investment laws.

Initial investment capital for starting each new plant is expected to
average US$10 million (Bt300 million), for a total of $60 million.
Rangoon |will be the first city that Thai investors explore, since it
has more highly developed infrastructure than elsewhere |and is a port
gateway.
Vallop Vitanakorn, an adviser to the Thai Garment Manufacturers
Association (TGMA), said that producers planned to invest in Burma this
year foreseeing higher competency of the country to serve as a new
manufacturing base for both domestic supply and export to third
countries.

more at:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Six-top-garment-makers-fleeing-to-low-wage-Burma-30178149.html

INDIA
Textile units want TUFS extended:
With no mention in the Union Budget on extending the Technology
Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) into the XII Plan, the textile industry
hoped a separate announcement would be made soon on continuing the
scheme for another five years.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/article3006900.ece

Silk industry finds duty sops inadequate to take on China:
The Union Budget has given duty exemption to automatic shuttleless
looms for modernisation of silk reeling and processing. The Finance
Minister has given duty concessions of basic customs duty of 5 per cent
to shuttleless looms, parts / components of shuttleless looms by actual
users for silk weaving and specified silk machinery.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3003247.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

CMAI welcomes relief but more could have been done:
Whilst being disappointed at being included in the general increase of
excise duty from 10% to 12%, the Clothing Manufacturers Association of
India (CMAI) President, Mr Rahul Mehta, appreciates the decision of the
Hon’ble Finance Minister to increase the abatement on excise duty on
branded garments from 55% to 70%.

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http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109094

The Budget is growth-oriented, TEXPROCIL:
The Union Budget for 2012-13 has increased the Excise duty on Cotton
textiles from 4% to 6%.
The Service Tax rate has also been increased from 10% to 12%.
The Budget has exempted automatic shuttleless loom from basic customs
duty of 5% and has allocated an amount of Rs. 2914 crores under the TUF
scheme.
“The Budget is pragmatic, growth-oriented and in the right direction’’,
said shri Amit Ruparelia, Chairman, The Cotton Textiles Export
Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL).
“The exemption of customs duty on automatic shuttleless looms will
certainly give a boost to the modernization efforts of the textile
industry in the weaving sector and will help India emerge as a vibrant
hub for fabric production in South Asia”, according to the Chairman,
TEXPROCIL.

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http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109078
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http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109074

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s leather garment exports to EU swells:
The export of leather garments from Pakistan to the EU has risen by
12.75 percent during January-October 2011 compared to January-October
2010.
In January-October 2010, Pakistan exported leather garments worth
US$ 299.4 million, which increased to US$ 337.59 million dollars during
the same period in 2011, as per statistics. In 2007, Pakistan exported
leather garments and goods worth US$ 318.03 million.
In 2008, the exports increased to US$ 371.79 million, but in 2009 they
decreased to US$ 324.92 million, and again rose in 2010 to US$ 361.98
million.
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/daily-textile-industries-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109099

Living wage campaign for carpet workers in Pakistan:
The Ittehad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan (ILUCIP) has
secured unprecedented wage increases for carpet workers in Lahore. The
union led by its General Secretary Niaz Khan launched an all out strike
demanding wage increases on March 12th. The move was part of the
union’s living wage campaign which it formally launched at the
beginning of 2012.

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http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109092

map of Asia

CHINA
Chinese textile & garment exports crash in Feb

INDONESIA
Indonesian textile imports from China surge post-ACFTA
& Textile training centre to be set up in West Java
& Rise in power tariff to hurt Indonesian garment sector

SINGAPORE
HTE’s cutting edge solutions for textile sector

THAILAND
Garment giants’ wage threat
& Garment makers body requests tax relief
& Six top garment makers fleeing to low-wage Burma

INDIA
Textile units want TUFS extended
& Silk industry finds duty sops inadequate to take on China
& CMAI welcomes relief but more could have been done
& The Budget is growth-oriented, TEXPROCIL

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s leather garment exports to EU swells
& Living wage campaign for carpet workers in Pakistan

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