16:31:15 local time CHINA
* VC Funds See a Gap in China’s Fashion Industry:
Introduction of high technologies and modern management concepts into China’s clothing industry opened room for the growth of the industry in the recent years. Since 2009, the venture capital funds have fallen in love with the fashion industry with increasing investments in the fashion make and retail sectors. For the year 2010, there were 26 investments revealed within China’s textile and garment industry with a total value of $358 million dollars, a record high in the history.
* “Outline of Development of a Strong Textile Industry” Released:
China National Textile and Apparel Council released “The Outline of Development of a Strong Textile Industry (2011-2020)” on May 8th, calling for building a strong textile industry through integration of home and foreign resources and further restructuring. By 2020, the gross output value of the textile industry is to increase by three times and the volume of the textile and apparel products grow at an annual rate of about 7%. to read.
* Rising Cost of Shipping Touched Alarm Line of Foreign Trade:
Since the beginning of this year, the shipping leader Maerskline has raised its shipping price, which was followed by COSCO Container lines and China Shipping line. So far, the shipping lines have raised their prices three times and the shipping price of hot lines in Europe and the U.S. has increased by four times. The rising cost of shipping will further narrow the profit margin for many trade businesses which are struggling with low performances in a weak international market. Some may even give up orders. to read.
15:31:15 local time THAILAND
* Firms relocating for cheaper labour costs:
Industrialists have raised concerns that the higher minimum wage is a key factor driving many labour-intensive manufacturers to relocate to less developed neighbouring countries.
At a seminar on investment strategy in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam held yesterday by the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) and the Federation of Thai Industries, Thaveekij Jaturajaroenkhun, chairman of TK Garment, said the higher minimum wage had a strong impact on the group’s business. It is building a new factory in Banteay Meanchey province in northwestern Cambodia, about 50 kilometres from Aranyaprathet district of Thailand’s Sa Kaew province.
Construction is expected to be complete by next year with investment of about Bt1 billion.
The group also has invested in Sisophon Industrial Park in partnership with a local investor in Cambodia. The industrial park is on 300 rai (48 hectares) in Banteay Meanchey province.
“We have a labour-intensive garment-manufacturing facility in Mae Sot district, Tak province, which previously benefited from lower labour costs,” Thaveekij said. “However, with the government’s policy to increase the minimum [daily] wage to Bt300, which will be applied in outer provinces by next year, investments in Mae Sot will get no benefit from cheap labour any more.
“Investments close to the border in neighbouring countries such as Cambodia will bring an advantage, as minimum wages in those areas are still between US$50 and $60 [Bt1,575-Bt1,890] a month. They have been awarded GSP [Generalised System of Preferences] privileges of between 15 and 17 per cent for exports to Europe,” Thaveekij said. read more.
15:31:15 local time CAMBODIA
* The slaves who serve us:
There is a certain cost to business.
There are hidden bills to pay for the vast supply lines that build the factories and produce the goods that move beyond the reach of the local workers. Those are shipped around the world so we might walk into a store, pick that needful thing up in our hands while casually wondering ‘Is it worth it?’
In this case, the expenditure was Chorvorn’s arm.
Torn off, right up to her small shoulder.
More than a week ago now, the 14-year-old girl, working in a Cambodian brick factory caught her arm in the wheel on a machine that pounds clay into building blocks.
This, after workers — many of them as young or younger than Chorvorn — spent days stomping the mud with bare feet. Bricks are the foundation of development, and go into building the factories that lead to mountains of T-shirts and pants sold in trendy stores in Canada, and the shrimp in our frozen foods. read more.
* To read in the printed edition of the Phnom Penh Post:
Cambodia- Strikes hit garment boom. read more.
Cambodia- Union out of loop in MoU negotiations. read more.
16:31:15 local time INDONESIA
* Chinese firms to set up textile units in Indonesia:
Eager to set up their manufacturing units in the country, thirteen Chinese textile companies have sent their representatives to the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia to find suitable locations.
The Chinese textile firms, including the well-known Texhong Textile Group Ltd., are seeking suitable sites to establish their manufacturing units in Indonesia, Jiang Hui, Vice-Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT), said.
The products produced in the Indonesian factories would be meant for export to destinations outside Indonesia, Mr. Hui said. read more.
14:31:15 local time BANGLA DESH
* Tax hike at source on export: BGMEA wants reconsideration:
Apparel exporters on Friday voiced deep concern over the proposed higher tax at source on all types of export in the proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year and urged the government to reconsider it for the sake of maintaining the export growth.
They urged the government to seriously think about the proposed tax hike at source and reconsider the proposal to help continue the desired growth of the readymade garment exports amid global economic downturn. read more.
* Editorial-I NewsToday -The RMG sector:
US Ambassador Dan Mozena’s warning about restive developments in the garment sector has to be taken seriously as it could undercut apparel exports to the US market. In fact, the stakeholders must not exclude the government as it is the earner of the highest foreign currencies through it. He in particular called for efforts to resolve issues such as political instability, work environment and trial of the killer of labour activist Aminul Islam. read more.
* Chennai apparel units face Bangladesh threat:
Apparel export units in Chennai that once made waves globally for their woven men’s wear, including with the famous Madras Checks, are struggling to survive in the face of intense competition from Bangladesh, besides rising costs of labour and power.
As many as 33 units in and around Chennai have closed down over the last two years, said representatives of the Apparel and Handloom Exporters Association, reports the Hindu.
Five years ago, the labour-intensive sector was vibrant and the number of units in Chennai was over 400. Closing of every unit translates into hundreds of people losing employment. The closure of the 33 units, they estimated, affected 40,000 employees. Listing major reasons leading to the present situation, the Association president Ranjit P. Shah said the first was the abolishing of the quota regime followed by emergence of Bangladesh as a major competitor. “The labour laws in Bangladesh are not as stringent and less in numbers compared to India. The salaries paid to the workforce there are also much less,” he said. read more.
* Tax hike to hurt garment industry – BGMEA:
Garment makers said on Friday the proposed 1.2 percent tax at source on exports will act as a major obstacle to expansion of the industry.
The current rate of the tax is 0.60 percent.
Given the current global and domestic business scenario, the profit of the garment business has also slashed down, said Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, in a budget reaction at his office.
Moreover, the garment export is also declining for global economic slowdown, he said adding fixing 1.2 percent tax at source for all export products will hamper the export growth of the country’s main foreign currency earning garment sector.
* Safeguard duty on RMG takes toll on export to Turkey:
Bangladesh’s export to turkey has reduced by 20 per cent in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, mainly because of the 17 per cent safeguard duty imposed by the European country on Bangladeshi readymade garments.
Exporters and commerce ministry officials said that despite diplomatic efforts and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s requests, Turkish authorities had not withdrawn the safeguard duty imposed in September 2011.
Export Promotion Bureau data showed Bangladesh’s export to Turkey reduced to $447 million in July-April of the current fiscal year from $556 million during the same period of the last fiscal year. read more.
* Brandix factory in Bangladesh achieves eco milestone:
Becomes first apparel factory in that country to receive Marks & Spencer’s ‘Plan A’ Eco Attribute
Fourteen months after it commenced commercial production, the Brandix Group’s maiden venture in Bangladesh has received an ‘Eco Factory Attribute’ from Marks & Spencer (M&S), becoming the first apparel factory in that country to achieve this status.
Brandix Casualwear Bangladesh Ltd., which operates a five-acre, 350,000 garments a month capacity plant at the Comilla Industrial Zone, scored a remarkable 93 per cent at the M&S Eco factory audit conducted recently. M&S is supplied by about 50 factories in Bangladesh.
To secure the M&S ‘Plan A’ Attribute, the factory reduced energy consumption by 27 per cent and its carbon footprint by an estimated 60 per cent, achieved a 45 per cent saving in potable water, recycles or re-uses 95 per cent of its solid waste and complies with Global Sourcing Principles (GSP) ethical standards. read more.
14:01:15 local time INDIA
* Indian apparel exports grow steadily over last decade:
Garment exports from India have witnessed a steady growth from about US$ 5 billion in 2001-02 to US$ 13.7 billion in 2011-12, according to Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
Apparel exports jumped from US$ 5 billion in 2001-02 to US$ 6.4 billion in 2004-05, US$ 8.3 billion in 2005-06, US$ 10.3 billion in 2008-09 and US$ 11.3 billion in 2009-10. read more.
* India to help boost Kazakhstan textile sector:
The Indian side was headed by Shri V Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Exports), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Kazakhstan side was headed by Ms. Natalia Komogortseva, Head of light Industries Division, Committee of Industry, Ministry of Industry and New Technology of Kazakhstan. The two parties reviewed programme of action charted out in the 1st meeting. read more.
13:31:15 local time PAKISTAN
* Pakistan textile sector mulls investment in solar energy:
The textile industry in Pakistan is seriously considering solar energy as a viable option to keep their business running in the midst of severe power and gas shortages afflicting the country.
The ongoing power and gas crisis has severely affected production in Pakistan’s export-oriented textile and garment sector. read more.
* Turkish textile firm Nergiz to invest in Russia:
Nergiz, the Turkish textile company engaged in manufacturing of yarns and fabrics, will be investing US$ 500 million to set up a production unit in the Republic of Dagestan, one of the 83 federal subjects of Russia.
This was disclosed after a meeting between Javid Caglar, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nergiz, and Magomedsalam Magomedov, Head of the Republic of Dagestan. read more.