Today in the news on-line 22 March 2012

VIET NAM
Leather, footwear set to earn $2b in exports:
The leather and footwear industry earned an export revenue of about
US$2 billion in the first quarter this year as part of a $7.3 billion
annual target, up 21.7 per cent against 2011.
Nguyen Thi Tong, deputy chairwoman and general secretary of the Viet
Nam Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso), made the statement at a
seminar jointly held by it and the Viet Nam Leather and Shoe Research
Institute in the capital yesterday.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Economy/222488/leather-footwear-set-to-earn-2b-in-exports.html

CAMBODIA
Blows at capital protest:
A union representative is accused of beating a rival over the head with
a walkie-talkie during a factory protest yesterday in the latest burst
of violence in one of Cambodia’s special economic zones.

Bou Sokray, 25, a representative for the Coalition of Apparel Workers’
Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), said he was injured when he was struck over
the head numerous times outside the capital’s Evergreen Garment Company
factory.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032255198/National-news/blows-at-capital-protest.html

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Unions threaten general strike if salaries not raised:
Cambodian Confederation of Unions President Rong Chhun threatened
Wednesday a general strike if salary and other demands are not met.

Cambodian Union League President Yang Sophorn appealed to workers to
join the league in demanding bonuses.
In addition to a $15 monthly transport allowance and a $1 daily food
allowance, the unions want the minimum basic salary to be doubled to
$120 and respect for workers rights.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=YjI4NDZiZjU4NTAxMTcyMzhhMDMwMjg1NjEzZTAx

Women sceptical of ASEAN:
Cambodian women have the most to lose from the planned 2015 ASEAN
integration, a coalition of more than 100 Cambodian women said
yesterday at the Cambodian Women Forum.
Because Cambodian women are so poorly educated, when the job market
opens up, competition from other countries like Thailand or Malaysia
will adversely affect the unemployment rate of Cambodian women,
attendees said.

“The ASEAN integration in 2015 will badly affect Cambodian women,
particularly in such areas as economics, industry, unemployment and
external labour migration,” Thida Khus, executive director of SILAKA,
said.
“This is because of how poorly educated women are.”

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032255194/National-news/women-sceptical-of-asean.html

Shooting Victims in Fear as Alleged Shooter Goes Free:
Victims of a shooting in the eastern province of Svay Rieng last month
say they are now living in fear, as local authorities have failed to
detain the man accused of shooting them, the former governor of Bavet
city.
Chhouk Bandith remains free, after he allegedly shot into a crowd of
garment workers who had gathered to protest working conditions at a
special economic zone in Svay Rieng in front of Kaoway Sports factory,
which is owned by Chhouk Bandith.

more at:
http://www.voanews.com/khmer-english/news/Shooting-Victims-in-Fear-as-Alleged-Shooter-Goes-Free–143678336.html

INDONESIA
Anhui to set up textile machinery plant in Indonesia:
Anhui Conch Group Company Ltd. has expressed interest to invest in
textile machinery plant in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Minister of Industry MS Hidayat said the Anhui Conch Group
has sought allotment of 150 hectares of land to build an industrial
park in the country, where a number of textile and textile machinery
industries can be set up.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109238

THAILAND
Indorama Ventures to raise capacity to 10mn tons:
Indorama Ventures, one of the largest vertically integrated polyester
chain producers in the world, will be increasing its capacity to reach
8.3 million tons by 2013 and 10 million tons by 2014. Headquartered in
Bangkok, Thailand, Indorama Ventures has presence in 15 countries in
four major regions of the world – Asia Pacific, Europe, North America,
and Africa.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109220

Industrial confidence expectation down on higher wage, oil prices:
Thailand’s industrial confidence expectation in the next three months
lowered from January, as manufacturers expect a drop in overall orders,
sale, output and financial results.
They foresee the gloomy outlook in light of higher oil prices and
higher wage costs, said Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) Chairman
Payungsak Chartsutipol.
The 3-month expectation index declined from 107.7 points in January to
106.3 points in February.
“At present, they are the most worried about oil prices, aside from
concerns in global economic condition, the exchange rates, domestic
political stability and interest rates,” he said at a press conference
on Thursday.

more at:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Industrial-confidence-expectation-down-on-higher-w-30178515.html

BANGLA DESH
A great saver for textile units:
Cleaner production practices help them save a lot
Cleaner production (CP) practices have helped a dozen of textile
processing units of garment companies save money and become more
competitive.
These 12 factories invested $212,700 on cleaner production
technologies, and saved $570,400 or 268 percent in the first year of
adoption. “The return on investments may go up to 550 percent in three
years,” according to a report of the International Finance Corporation
(IFC) on the benefits of the cleaner production practices.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227233

Japan garment buyers keen on Bangladesh:
Apparel makers yesterday received export orders worth $2.5 million from
Japanese companies, in growing signs of buyers sourcing more from
Bangladesh.
A total of 16 small and medium Japanese companies, all clients of
Hiroshima Shinkin Bank, ordered mainly knitwear items from Bangladesh.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227237

Garments accessories makers assoc re-elects president:
Rafez Alam Chowdhury has recently been re-elected as the president of
Bangladesh Garments Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and
Exporters Association, the body said in a statement. The election took
place at the association’s meeting at Kakrail in the capital recently,
according to the statement.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227247

INDIA
OCM India to enter apparel segment by FY’13:
OCM India Limited, one of the largest worsted fabric retailer and
manufacturer in India, plans to penetrate in the readymade garments
space in India by the end of next fiscal, as a part of its strategy to
revamp its brand image.
The company’s image makeover plans include increasing its product range
and production capacity, while boosting its retail presence. Initially,
the company would introduce a range of formal wears including shirts,
jackets and trousers, which would be followed by unveiling of
semi-formal and casual wears in a gradual manner.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109231

Additional capacity in ports to boot textile exports:
Smt. Panabakka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles has informed
that it is fact that India’s export of textile & clothing to the world
markets is way behind that of China. Government has been taking steps
on all fronts to increase the exports of textiles & clothing.”

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109228

PAF graduates showcase their collections at IFFTI finale:
The mega fashion and education event IFFTI, hosted by Pearl Academy of
Fashion, in Jaipur concluded with PAF graduates showcasing their
collection to the international delegates including acclaimed
international experts in fields across fashion and design.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/fashion-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109232

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s Gul Ahmed Textiles gets award for exports:
Gul Ahmed Textiles (Pvt) Limited, the leading textile mill in Pakistan,
won an award at the eighth edition of Pakistan France Business Alliance
(PFBA) Trade Performance Awards.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109233

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VIET NAM
Leather, footwear set to earn $2b in exports

CAMBODIA
Blows at capital protest +
& Unions threaten general strike if salaries not raised
& Women sceptical of ASEAN
& Shooting Victims in Fear as Alleged Shooter Goes Free

INDONESIA
Anhui to set up textile machinery plant in Indonesia

THAILAND
Indorama Ventures to raise capacity to 10mn tons
& Industrial confidence expectation down on higher wage, oil prices

BANGLA DESH
A great saver for textile units
& Japan garment buyers keen on Bangladesh
& Garments accessories makers assoc re-elects president

INDIA
OCM India to enter apparel segment by FY’13
& Additional capacity in ports to boot textile exports
& PAF graduates showcase their collections at IFFTI finale

PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s Gul Ahmed Textiles gets award for exports

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