Today in the news on-line 20 March 2012

CHINA
Intertextile, a successful Spring sourcing season:
Tailor-made to accommodate China’s Spring sourcing season, Intertextile
Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition ended last week on a positive
note with 279 exhibitors and 10,304 buyers, 27% and 6% increases
respectively as compared with last year’s figures. A majority of the
suppliers displayed their seasonal curtains and upholstery fabrics
collection from 29 February to 2 March 2012 at the Shanghai World Expo
Exhibition and Convention Centre.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109105

Union chiefs asked to give contact info:
Trade union leaders may soon be requested to release their contact
information to members following a trial run of the practice in North
China’s Shanxi province, an official from the country’s top labor
organization said on Sunday.
The labor union in Shanxi province recently announced the requirement
for heads of all local labor unions.

more at:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90882/7763002.html
&
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/102774/7763004.html

VIET NAM
Garment Exports To EU Drop Sharply:
Vietnam’s garment exports to the EU market have fallen by 25-35 percent
since the beginning of 2012, according to the Vietnam Textiles
Association.
This is primarily attributed to the EU debt crisis that has forced
consumers to tighten their belts.
EU importers are currently shifting their orders from Vietnam to
Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh to avoid paying the 10 percent import tax
as Vietnam is no longer enjoys the Most Favoured Nation tariff of zero
percent.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/garment-exports-to-eu-drop-sharply/

Vietnam Has Potential To Expand Garment Exports To France:
At a seminar to promote textile and garment exports to France and other
EU countries, held in Ho Chi Minh City last week, French experts
affirmed that Vietnam had vast potential and opportunity to expand
exports to France.
The EU market is ranked second after the US for Vietnam’s textile and
garment manufacturing industry, and export turnover to France was
US$202 million in 2011.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/vietnam-has-potential-to-expand-garment-exports-to-france/

CAMBODIA
Final factory shooting victim files complaint:
The last of three workers shot during a protest in Svay Rieng
province’s Manhattan Special Economic Zone on February 20 filed a
complaint yesterday against sole suspect and former Bavet town governor
Chhouk Bandith.

Sam Sameth, 40, the mother of 18-year-old Keo Near, said she filed the
complaint seeking US$45,000 in compensation from Chhouk Bandith for
allegedly shooting her daughter in the hand.
She said she was originally tricked by the chief of her village in
Bavet, who offered her money in return for not filing a complaint.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032055138/National-news/final-factory-shooting-victim-files-complaint.html

Company to workers: take two :
More than 400 protesting workers at In Han Sung factory in the
capital’s Por Senchey district will be told this morning that their
bosses have agreed to two of their demands and expect them to return to
work immediately.
Workers at the factory, in Chaom Chao commune, ended their fifth day of
demonstrations yesterday thinking the company had again rejected their
demands.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032055137/National-news/company-to-workers-take-two.html

Working group created for Chea Vichea statue:
A statue of assassinated former Free Trade Union president Chea Vichea
will be meaningful to Cambodians and in keeping with the beauty of
Phnom Penh, municipal governor Kep Chuktema said yesterday, but where
the money for the memorial will come from remains an open question.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032055128/National-news/working-group-created-for-chea-vichea-statue.html

MALAYSIA
ASLI – GM Establshes Foothold In Uzbekistan:
ASLI-GM, may not be heard of in Malaysia, but this company headed by a
Malaysian, is among the leading garment producers in Uzbekistan.
Penang-born director, Datuk Dr Zainul Azizan said the company which was
established three years ago, now produces about 100,000 pieces of
clothing monthly, with a bulk of it exported to mainly Russia and to
also Ukraine.

more at:
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsbusiness.php?id=653216

MYANMAR
Major Thai garment companies moving to Burma:
Some of Thailand’s top garment companies will move their operations to
Burma in the coming year.
At least six leading garment manufacturers plan to set up shop to take
advantage of lower wages by the second half of the year, according to
an article in The Nation newspaper on Saturday. The companies would
hire up to 3,000 workers, officials said. More than one dozen of
Thailand’s largest garment manufacturers have moved to neighboring
countries which offer a cheaper labour force.

more at:
http://www.mizzima.com/business/6783-major-thai-garment-companies-moving-to-burma.html

BANGLA DESH
China firms may shift to Bangladesh: envoy:
Many Chinese companies are ready to shift to Bangladesh to cash in on
low wages and availability of workers here, the new Chinese ambassador
said yesterday.
“Bangladesh is an ideal place for investment due to its availability of
cheap and plenty labour,” Li Jun told reporters at the National Press
Club in Dhaka.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226956

INDIA
Budget sops fail to stimulate Indian silk industry:
In spite of several sops enlisted in the Union Budget 2012-13 for the
benefit of sericulture sector, the Indian silk industry feels that these
provisions would not prove adequate to counter the rising competition
form China.
The Union Budget 2012-13 has proposed exempting automatic shuttleless
looms from customs duty in order to facilitate modernization of silk
reeling and processing.
The basic five percent customs duty has been waived on import of
shuttleless looms and its parts/components by actual users for weaving
silk or for installation in certain silk machines.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109149

Saurashtra cotton ginners call-off strike:
The Saurashtra Ginners Association has called-off its indefinite strike
after the Indian Government issued a notification detailing the
procedure for scrutiny and revalidation of Registration Certificates
(RCs) for cotton export.
The ginning mill owners in Saurashtra region of Gujarat state went on
indefinite strike after the Central Government announced a sudden ban
on exports of cotton on March 5, 2012.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109143

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s cotton output set to cross 15mn bales:
With around 14,548,845 bales already reaching the ginneries by March
15, Pakistan’s cotton output for the current season is expected to
surpass record 15 million bales, according to Pakistan Cotton Ginners
Association (PCGA).
PCGA Chairman Amanullah Qureshi said the country’s cotton output for
next season is pegged at 17 million bales.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109146

Indo-Pak cricket match may hurt textile sector – APTMA:
Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Mohsin Aziz has
urged the government to ensure uninterrupted power supply to textile
industry during the final of Asia Cup on March 22 unlike March 18
cricket match of Pakistan and India, causing an estimated $15 million
loss to textile industry due to 10 hours long electricity shutdown of
industry on independent and grouped feeders.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109142

TAIWAN
US-South Korea trade pact will hit Taiwan plastics and textiles:
Yesterday, the recently signed trade pact between South Korea and the
United States came in to effect.
Textile and plastic operators in Taiwan are weary of about the impact
of a trade pact between the US and South Korea that came into effect on
Wednesday.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign
Trade (BOFT) officials said as well as plastic and textiles, other
products from Taiwan that may be affected by the new FTA include
optoelectronics, chemicals and machines.

more at:
http://asianbusinessdaily.com/2012/03/taiwans-textile-and-plastic-industry-may-be-impacted-by-us-south-korea-trade-pact/

map of Asia

CHINA
Intertextile, a successful Spring sourcing season
& Union chiefs asked to give contact info

VIET NAM
Garment Exports To EU Drop Sharply
& Vietnam Has Potential To Expand Garment Exports To France

CAMBODIA
Final factory shooting victim files complaint
& Company to workers: take two
& Working group created for Chea Vichea statue

MALAYSIA
ASLI – GM Establshes Foothold In Uzbekistan

MYANMAR
Major Thai garment companies moving to Burma

BANGLA DESH
China firms may shift to Bangladesh: envoy

INDIA
Budget sops fail to stimulate Indian silk industry
& Saurashtra cotton ginners call-off strike

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s cotton output set to cross 15mn bales
& Indo-Pak cricket match may hurt textile sector

TAIWAN
US-South Korea trade pact will hit Taiwan plastics and textiles

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