01:12:19 local time CHINA
* Cotton producers face grim prospects:
The price gap between locally produced and imported cotton in China has been widening, weakening the international competitiveness of the country’s textile and garment industry, industrial bodies and analysts said Tuesday.
“The price difference between domestic and imported cotton is normally 1,000 yuan ($157) per ton but the gap has widened to an unprecedented level of more than 5,000 yuan now, putting pressure on local textile mills and garment industry,” Wang Qianjin, a senior analyst from webtex.com, an information provider for the textile sector, told the Global Times Tuesday. read more.
00:12:19 local time THAILAND
* Textile makers mull static future as Europe crumbles:
Exports of textiles and apparel are expected to see flat growth this year mainly because of the European debt crisis depressing demand.
Suttinee Poopaka, executive director of the Thailand Textile Institute (THTI), said many countries that purchase raw materials from Thailand have encountered difficulties as they ship products to Europe.
Thailand and Indonesia are the two countries in Asean with a full supply chain from raw materials to actual products.
“If we are able to gain exports in countries outside of Europe and if the problems in the EU are not that bad, we should see flat growth this year [in textile and apparel exports],” she said.
Exports last year totalled US$8.36 billion, up by 6.5% from 2010. read more.
* Let market mechanism rule: exporters:
Different comments from enterprises in several sectors reflect different benefits they have taken out from baht floatation since July 2 of 1997. Sound like many exporters have not adjusted their competitiveness in a bid to learn the next unprecedented chapter.
“We hope the government will manage in the same direction as the country’s trade rivals, not just focusing on such developed exporters as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan…The government should balance a fiscal and monetary policy…promoting more investment abroad to weaken baht,”
Vallop Vitanakorn, chairman of Hi-Tech Group – Thailand’s leading garment manufacturer and exporter. read more.
00:12:19 local time CAMBODIA
* Court orders strikers back to work:
The Kandal Provincial Court ordered thousands of striking garment employees back to work for the second time yesterday, but they will continue fighting until their demands are met, a union president said.
Workers at Ang Snuol district’s Tai Nan I, Tai Nan II and Camwell factories, which are owned by Tai Yang Enterprises, have been striking since June 25 to have their bonuses increased.
Yang Sophorn, the president of Cambodia Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU), said court officials visited yesterday’s strike to demand employees return to work.
* Union leader seeks ministerial help for retirement benefits:
Free Trade Union President Chea Muny urged Industry, Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem Tuesday to help 19 workers retire from Manhattan Textile Industrial Park in Kampong Cham.
In a letter, Chea Muny said the workers were aged from 55 to 73, had been working in the industry for at least 12 years and wanted to received fair retirement benefits.
Manhattan Textile has more than 800 workers making medical gowns.to read.
* On a growth track:
Two decades after the United Nations plucked up its courage and headed into the battlefields of Cambodia, determined to end a long-running war, hold elections and offer the country a fresh start, life for Khmers has almost gone full circle.
With more than 16,000 soldiers and military observers from 45 countries, the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) arrived with much fanfare and, importantly, foreign aid needed to resuscitate a moribund economy. (….)
Garment exports alone were up by a third in 2011, year on year, hitting $4 billion. This resulted in a 31 percent rise in container port volumes in Phnom Penh. Business registrations also rose 20 percent and the country’s 34th bank license was issued the same year.
“The number of garment factories in Cambodia increased from 270 to 320 over the past year as increasing costs in China converged with improving export market access,” Clayton adds.
“First quarter 2012, garment exports rose 15 percent, powered by sales to the EU which offers Cambodia duty-free and quota-free access,” he says, adding that Cambodia has also secured new markets in China for rice and rubber exports.
Growth expectations for the current year, however, are more cautious amid a difficult global financial climate. read more.
* UK’s focus on our region:
The world is transforming fast, and the starting point for any discussion about the nations of ASEAN must be their inexorable rise as global economic and political players.
In the UK, we recognise that this region is essential to achieving our foreign-policy goals and as an engine of economic growth for the world.
For that reason, I am pleased to be in Cambodia today after visiting Thailand, and with my next stop in Vietnam, following visits to Southeast Asia this year by Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. (…….)
We see this, for example, in the new UK-ASEAN knowledge partnership, a multi-million-pound initiative designed to support education and research development links between the UK and the countries of Southeast Asia.
In Cambodia, we have world-class UK garment manufacturers, growing education links between our universities and more young people studying in the UK, and world-class British engineering services behind sustainable buildings. read more…
* To read in the printed edition of the Phnom Penh Post:
1.Court orders strikers back to work. read more.
* To read in the printed edition of the Cambodia Daily:
2. Workers strike at factory supplying US brands. read more.
01:12:19 local time INDONESIA
* Textile production decrease 6%:
Indonesia Textile Association recorded a decrease in production by 6% in the first half of 2012 due to lack of partisanship from the government on imposition of value added tax.
Ade Sudrajat, Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API), said to boost textile production in Indonesia following the need of a revision on taxation system.
Current government policies related to taxes is not yet taking side to the textile industry. “As a result, the domestic textile production fell by 5-6% in the first half of 2012, compared with last year,” he told Bisnis Monday (07/02/2012).
The tax system in the country is very burdensome for local industry. As a result, employers should raise the price of the product. The effect of rising prices, the textile Indonesia is very difficult to compete in the market. read more.
23:12:19 local time BANGLA DESH
* Workshop on apparel sector held at BUBT:
A day-long workshop on “Consumption and Costing of Woven Knit and Apparel Products”, organised by the department of textile engineering, Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) held at BUBT premises recently.
Forty participants from different garment industries and buying houses attended the workshop. Irteza Zulfiquer Arif, executive director of Sinha Medlar Group and Syed Azharul Hoq, head of operations Bangladesh Apparel Group and trainer and consultant of GIZ conducted the workshop.
All the participants visited the laboratories of textile engineering department and were overwhelmed by finding the adequate laboratory facilities in the department.
* 13th Textech Int’l Expo kicks off today:
The 13th Textech Bangladesh-2012 International Expo, an international exhibition of garments and textile of Bangladesh, begins in Dhaka today.
The annual exhibition on textile and apparel technology, machinery and allied services will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
CEMS-Global, USA-Conference and Exhibition Management Services Ltd in association with CEMS Bangladesh is organizing the expo. Commerce Minister GM Quader, MP, will inaugurate the expo as the chief guest at 4 pm while vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Faruque Hassan and first vice president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Habibur Rahman will attend the inaugural function.
The main objective of the Textech, largest of its kind in textile and apparel industry, is to introduce local stakeholders of Readymade Garment (RMG) and knitwear sectors with the latest development and present global trend of the industries so they can survive in the tough global competition. read more. & read more.
* RMG sector progressing despite meltdown in European Union: Commerce minister:
Country’s ready-made garment sector is progressing gradually despite economic recession in European Union, Commerce Minister Ghulam Mohammed Quader said Tuesday.
He said this while addressing as chief guest the inaugural ceremony of three international expos named ’13th Textech Bangladesh expo 2012′, ’12th Dye+Chem expo 2012′ and ‘6th Dhaka International Yarn and Fabric show 2012’ at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) vice president Faruk Hasan and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) second vice president Mohammad Hatem were present at the inaugural ceremony as special guests.
The commerce minister said the government is monitoring compliance issue and set up special economic zone to boost the growth of RMG sector. read more.
* FDI in RMG sector:
The Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) exporters have time and again raised their objection to the involvement of foreign direct investment (FDI) in certain segments of the industry. What they want is that the foreign investors who are willing to put in their money in the local RMG sector should choose only those areas where local entrepreneurs lack necessary expertise and funds. In the recent past, some foreign investors showed interest in lower segments of RMG where local exporters are mainly concentrated. But in the face of opposition from the industry people, such foreign investors had to go back disappointed. read more.
* Bangladesh jute exports decline in July-May:
22:42:19 local time INDIA
* ‘Opportunities for youth in textile sector’:
In terms of providing employment, the textile industry is next to the agricultural sector and there are several opportunities for enterprising youth in the textile sector, Deputy Director of the Department of Handlooms and Textiles H.S. Somanagoudar has said.
He was inaugurating a six-day entrepreneurship development programme conducted by the department and the Dharwad Zilla Panchayat at the District Training Institute in Dharwad on Tuesday. read more.
* With dwindling patronage, lives of weavers hang on a thread:
Almost all houses in Manamedu have one long, rectangular room with an elevated platform and a thari, the in-house handloom machine. Once a thriving handloom centre, Manamedu has deteriorated from the nearly 400 handlooms it supported even a decade ago into around 127 looms.
The Manamedu Saliyar Handloom Weaver Cooperative Production and Sales Society is a two-roomed office that manages Manamedu’s handloom production, worth around 12 lakh a year. It is through this society that co-optex outsources its weaving work to traditional handloom weavers like V.Perumal.
“It takes us 10 days to weave nine dhotis and a towel from one cotton paavu (bundle of white cotton thread) or five sarees from the same amount of thread,” says Perumal, who took over from his father about 25 years ago. Co-optex pays the weavers Rs.840 every 10 days when they collect the finished pieces. read more.
* Delayed rain may dampen jute production:
Jute production is likely to be lower this year on delayed rainfall, according to
Mr Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary, National Jute Board and Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles.
Market sources estimate that there could be a 12 per cent drop in production of raw jute to 95 lakh bales (1 bale – 180 kg) this year, as compared with 108 lakh bales in 2011-12. read more.
* Mills rush to buy cotton on delay in monsoon:
Cotton prices continued to move up on Monday with demand from mills and spinners increasing. According to market sources, the Rs 300-400 gain for a candy of 356 kg was expected.
A Rajkot-based cotton broker said, “Like last week, cotton prices increased on higher domestic demand. Delay in the arrival of rain in key production regions is forcing domestic mills to scale up procurement.” read more.
* Natural fibre mission to help poor in backward regions:
For years, Dhananjoy Mahato, at Amlia in West Midnapore, survived by collecting forest produce and selling them to middlemen. A pile of locally grown babui grass could fetch him a maximum of Rs 10-20 a day. He barely subsisted.
His condition went unnoticed till the Maoist started consolidating their presence in the forested areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura — loosely termed Junglemahal — during the ‘90s.
Having tamed the rebels through security measures, the West Bengal Government plans to bring the likes of Dhananjoy under its fold through the Natural Fibre Mission.
The aim is to train and provide marketing support to the people of Junglemahal (and eight more backward districts) to produce value added products from locally grown natural fibres.
“The Natural Fibre Mission is a project unique to the State. Mat grass, babui grass, sabui grass, jute, cotton, silk, tussar, bamboo and cane will be some of the fibres included under this programme,” Dr Manas Bhunia, Minister for MSME and Textiles, told Business Line. read more.
* INVISTA sees huge demand for its Lycra in Surat:
* Reebok India scales down reported loss on fictitious sales:
Reebok India, which has accused two top former executives of large-scale financial fraud, has told the government’s Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) that the loss on account of fictitious sales is less than half of what it had originally alleged in its police complaint of May 21, according to a corporate affairs ministry official.
This official said Reebok in its correspondence with the SFIO, an arm of the corporate affairs ministry, had scaled down the loss on account of fictitious sales from 147 crore in the police complaint to 68 crore. The sports good maker has accused former CEO Subhinder Singh Prem and ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat of carrying out these fictitious sales as a part of an 870-crore fraud. read more.
22:12:19 local time PAKISTAN
* British, Pakistani chambers hold successful trade talks:
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) are organising visits and holding trade talks with different British Chambers to explore new markets and opportunities for business and improving bilateral trade relation between the two countries.
LCCI held a successful trade visit with the United Kingdom’s Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Monday, according to a message received from Manchester.
The visitors met Manchester Chamber Chief Executive Clive Memmott and members of his international trade team. Speaking on the occasion Memmott said, “Our two cities are steeped in history of textile industry.
Manchester is the home of textiles in Britain and Lahore is a major force in Pakistan’s enormous textile sector. Manchester has had to radically diversify its economy and is now the country’s second biggest economic area with an economy worth over £50bn. Outside of London we are the place that is best equipped for growth.” read more.
* KCCI opposes increase in gas tariff:
The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has expressed concerns over the increase in gas tariffs even though the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) had recommended otherwise.
In a statement released on Saturday, KCCI President Mian Abrar Ahmad said Ogra had adopted the Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG) method wherein open-market crude oil prices were the criterion for determining gas tariffs. (…)
The statement said that enhancing the gas tariff would affect Pakistan’s exports, and leave a bad impact on the value-added textiles sector.
“The value-added textiles sector will suffer the severest blow, as Bangladesh’s gas tariff is already lower than ours by more than 50%.” read more.
* Quaid-i-Azam Industrial Estate: ‘Notices to polluting units won’t be withdrawn’:
The Environment Protection Department (EPD) has refused to withdraw notices issued to 254 units, mostly for dyeing and textiles, at the Quaid-i-Azam Industrial Estate (QIE) for dumping untreated effluent down the drain.
After a survey of the 378 industrial units in QIE over the course of two weeks in May, the EPD served notices on 254 units in June. Some were also issued notices for setting up units without a no-objection certificate from the EPD, which is issued after the unit presents a sustainable environmental management plan. read more.
* SBP assures textile exporters of extending EFS II till Oct:
* Cotton market: spot rate higher on tight supply of fine type:
Scarcity of the fine quality pushed the prices higher on the cotton market on Monday, dealers said. The official spot rate was raised by Rs 100 to Rs 6200, they said. In the ready business over 2000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 6175-6450, they said. read more.
* Prices firm on cotton market on active demand:
Mills’ persisting demand for fine quality pushed up prices on the cotton market on Tuesday, dealers said. The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 6200, they said. In the ready business, over 2000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 6200-6450, they said.
The prices of seedscotton from Sindh were unchanged at Rs 2600-2700 and in Punjab rates were at Rs 2700-2800, they added. Market sources said that persisting demand for fine quality cotton kept prices firm as mills buying cotton to keep themselves on the safe side. read more.