10:09:25 local time CHINA
* Textile profits shrinking:
China’s textile industry, which contributes significantly to the country’s exports, experienced a slowdown in the first five months of 2012, mainly due to weakening global demand and decreasing competitiveness compared to other Southeast Asian countries, industry experts said Sunday.
Domestic textile companies with annual revenue of at least 20 million yuan ($3.14 million) saw total gross profit of 91.7 billion yuan from January to May, down 2.4 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement on its website Friday.
Among them, 18.6 percent of companies reported losses during the period, up 5.4 percentage points from a year earlier, it said.
The decline in industrial profit was mainly due to sluggish domestic and overseas orders, a widening price gap between domestic and international cotton prices, increasing competition from Southeast Asian countries, and high financing costs for domestic textile companies, the ministry said. read more.
* Chinese workers unhappy with jobs:
Only 49% surveyed say their employment is ‘ideal’ for them
Chinese workers are among the least likely in Asia to say their jobs are ideal, despite China having one of the region’s lowest unemployment rates, a report by an international research company has found. read more.
* Shoe makers in Guangdong may face another “bankruptcy wave”:
Shoe makers in Guangdong Province have had another hard time since last year in spite of a spring up in 2009. Besides a persistent European debt crisis, the appreciation of RMB and shrinking orders, rising cost has become one of the major issues that the shoe makers must deal with. There have been many reports on the emergence of a “bankruptcy wave” with shoe makers in Dongguan, whilst the industrial transfer in this area is getting more and more obvious. A part of shoe makers are shifting their capacity to the Middle and West of China where the labour cost is lower and government policies preferable, or other countries such as Vietnam and India. read more.
* “Time difference” between Chinese and Korean fashion industries:
Dongdaemun area in Korea which is composed of 37 large wholesale and retail markets and employs over 100,000 people has been generating over four billion US dollars every year. The major key to its success can be the integration and successful management of its industrial chain. China also boasts a strong fashion manufacturing capacity that could compete with Korea, yet how come these Chinese fashion brands failed to earn the recognition and attention that the other countries have paid to the Korean brands? read more.
09:09:25 local time VIET NAM
* Rich Korean export potential:
Vietnam is to enjoy healthy textile garment exports to South Korea.
In the first six months of 2012, Vietnam reaped $400 million from exporting textile garment products to South Korea, currently the country’s fourth largest market for such products, a 27 per cent jump on-year.
This made South Korea the textile and garment sector’s fastest growing export market, whereas the sector’s exports to the EU hiked 22 per cent, the US up less than 10 per cent and the EU sank 2 per cent against the same period in 2011.
In 2011, Vietnam’s textile and garment exports to South Korea leaped 148 per cent climbing to $900 million. read more in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 10/7.
09:09:25 local time THAILAND
* ISI launched in Thailand:
“Our recent partnership with the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) enables our silver or above members in the textile and footwear industry to enjoy the double benefit of an ISI membership and a complimentary AAFA membership, which helps them open the door to more than 900 leading brands, representing over 75 per cent of the US apparel and footwear industry,” he said.
* Lese majeste suspect on award shortlist:
A grassroots group and four individuals, including a detained lese majeste suspect, have been nominated for the inaugural Somchai Neelapaijit Award for defenders of human rights.
The Somchai Neelapaijit Memorial Fund, established in the name of a missing solicitor, will announce the winner of the award tomorrow.
The four nominated individuals are former labour union leader Jitra Kotchadet, human rights lawyer Rasada Manurasada, former labour activist and lese majeste suspect Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and migrant worker advocate Adisorn Kerdmongkol. (…)
Under the fund’s criteria, a viable candidate is “a real fighter for public interest, with outstanding performance, not too well-known among the public, and at risk of being intimidated and/or working on controversial issues”.
Ms Jitra, a Suphan Buri native, is a former labour union leader at a lingerie factory of an international underwear and swimsuit brand.
She led a petition for improved workers’ welfare before being laid off. She then founded the “Try Arm” lingerie brand, with clothes manufactured by workers who were laid off or endured unfair treatment from their employers. read more.
09:09:25 local time CAMBODIA
* Strikers move protest to Phnom Penh:
Thousands of workers from Tai Yang Enterprise, a supplier for major brands including Levis and the Gap, will move their nearly three-week-old strike from their factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district to Freedom Park in Phnom Penh tomorrow in order to bring their petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, said yesterday that the CCU and Cambodian Alliance Trade Unions sent a letter to Phnom Penh Municipal Hall to inform the governor about the workers’ gathering in the park, which was built for such protests. read more.
Garment workers from factories owned by Tai Yang Enterprise Co participate in a strike yesterday in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district. Photograph: Vireak Mai/Phnom Penh Post
10:09:25 local time INDONESIA
* RI, Czech businesses forge ties to deepen relations:
The private sectors of Indonesia and the Czech Republic paved the way on Monday for the deepening of trade and investment relations between the two countries, with the signing of agreements between players in the banking and industrial sectors. (…)
Meanwhile, Industry Minister MS Hidayat said on the sidelines of the seminar that Indonesia had insisted that Czech business players consider investing in the biggest economy in Southeast Asia by building factories, particularly for textiles and garments. (…)
Danny Jozal, chairman of the Kadin Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia Committee, told The Jakarta Post that presently, export commodities from Indonesia to the Czech Republic mostly consist of machinery, textiles, garments and footwear.
08:09:25 local time BANGLA DESH
* Malaysia may emerge as a potential RMG export mkt:
Malaysia is expected to emerge as a US$ 1.0 billion worth readymade garments (RMG) export market for Bangladesh within next two years thanks to local exporters’ vigorous marketing efforts to the country, industry people said.
In a bid to boost export of Bangladeshi goods to Malaysia, local businessmen in association with Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) have recently taken a set of proactive measures including different types of image building activities to the country.
The activities include arrangement of different seminars, symposiums, rallies, road shows, one-to-one business meetings and publications and publicity in favour of Bangladeshi RMG and other products.
“There is immense prospect of Bangladeshi light RMG export to Malaysia as our rival countries have gradually been losing their competitiveness in export of such items to the country,” Chairman of Well Group, a leading RMG exporting company, Syed Nurul Islam told the FE Monday. read more.
* Valuables gutted in N’ganj factory fire:
Narayanganj, July 10 (UNB) – Valuables worth Tk 50 lakh were gutted in a fire that broke out in a textile printing factory in Kanchpur area of Sonargaon upazila on Monday afternoon.
Senior station manager of Demra Fire Service Shahjahan Mia said the fire originated at Kanchpur Printing and Finishing Private Limited from an electrical short circuit at about 5:30 pm, burning down valuables.
On information, two firefighting units rushed to the spot and doused the flame after 45 minutes of frantic efforts.
Managing director of the factory Hazi Rafique Mia said the fire damaged 10 machines and huge cloths. The extent of damage caused by the fire could go up to Tk 50 lakh, he said. to read. (1 lakh=100.000)
* BGMEA urges Govt to develop Dhaka-Ctg rail link:
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Monday urged the government for taking steps to develop the Dhaka-Chittagong rail link so that container trains can run smoothly on the rail route carrying RMG goods.
A BGMEA delegation made the call when they met Communications Minister Obaidul Quader at Secretariat on Monday.
During meeting, they also put forward a set of recommendations to protect the interest of RMG sector.
The recommendations include setting up overpass in RMG industrial areas, upgrading Ashulia-Bypile road into four lanes and evicting illegal structure in industrial belt.
* Export to US in negative zone:
Export earnings from the USA, the largest export destination for Bangladesh goods, witnessed a 0.26 percent negative growth during the July-May period of the last fiscal (2011-12), mostly due to the declining performance of RMG.
It totalled $ 4636.43 million in the first 11 months (July-May) of fiscal 2011-12 compared to $ 4648.71 million during the corresponding period of the previous year (2010-11). The amount represents 21.10 percent of the country’s total export earning during the 11-month period.
According to recent statistics compiled by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), RMG export to the US, including knitwear, amounted to US$ 4121.09 million during the July-May of last fiscal compared to $ 4199.61 million during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal (2010-11). The RMG items, including knitwear, wit nessed a 1.87 percent negative growth in the US market.The major exports to the US market during the period were woven garment ($ 3205.74 million), knitwear ($ 915.35 million), frozen shrimp ($ 49.40 million), cap ($ 35.12 million) and home textiles ($ 282.65 million). read more.
* US official talks workers’ rights with minister:
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Dr. Alyssa Ayres called on Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain at Secretariat office on Monday. During the meeting they discussed matters related to the interest of both countries, especially labour situation in Bangladesh. Protecting the rights of the workers particularly their right to form trade union in industries and other organizations, dominated the agenda.read more.
07:39:25 local time INDIA
* ATMA, TLA likely to settle for Rs 2,000 hike in wages for textile workers:
Even as the negotiations are still on between Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association (ATMA) and Textile Labour Association (TLA) for wage hike of textile workers, the same may be settled for a Rs 2,000 per month.
“We are yet to meet for a final negotiations. While we have been pushing for Rs 2,500 per month which amounts to 40 per cent hike, ATMA has been informally offering a final settlement around Rs 1,800-2,000 per month. Since a final meeting is yet to take place, we are ready to negotiate,” said Amar Barot, general secretary of TLA. While ATMA represents the textile mills in Ahmedabad, TLA is representative body of textile workers.
Both the parties are likely to meet early next week for negotiations.
The ATMA-TLA negotiations have been on since Monday after the striking textile workers in Ahmedabad resumed work and ended the four week strike. Earlier during the negotiations, TLA had demanded an interim relief of Rs 1,600 per month till a dispute in the industrial court was resolved. However, now ATMA is learnt to have offered an out-of-court offer of Rs 1,800-2,000 per month final wage hike.
* Greens see flaw in lake-protection work:
While a geo-textiles protection to the banks of a water body is considered a true environment-friendly initiative, greens have expressed reservations about the manner in which it is being done at the Sasthamcotta freshwater lake.
Activists of the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP), who studied the areas of the lake already covered by the geo-textiles protection, feel that such a protection will do more harm than good to the lake in the long run.
The geo-textile protection programme is being carried out under the Mahatma Gandhi Nation Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). read more.
* Naveen’s plea to Centre:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged Centre to sanction Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme covering 25,000 looms as mega cluster development project for its implementation in district of Baragarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur and Boudh.
In a letter to Union Minister for Commerce, Industries and Textiles Anand Sharma, Mr. Patnaik said Odisha is famous for its handloom weaving and little skill development initiative would help thousands of weavers earn their livelihood and take their traditional skill to international level. to read.
* Gujarat CM exhorts garment sector to plan good strategies:
* Cotton acreage down 10%- Textile commissioner:
India’s cotton acreage is down by about 10 to15 per cent compared to last year due to delay in monsoon, said A B Joshi, textile commissioner. Last year the area under cotton stood at 12.2 million hectare, and this year is estimated to be lower than the previous year’s levels. So far sowing in Maharashtra and Rajasthan is affected due to the delay in rainfall. to read.
* India’s area under cotton may decline in 2012-13:
* N Chandra Mohan: The city and the world:
Local meets global in Ahmedabad to chart a new urban destiny
The economic reforms of the 1990s triggered vastly new opportunities and new challenges like the need to be globally competitive. These opportunities and challenges find concentrated expression in India’s leading metropolises that are agglomerations of economic activity. These cities boomed with the opening up of the economy to global flows of trade, capital and labour. New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata recently figured among the top 120 global cities for their competitiveness, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Like the others, Ahmedabad had its place in the global system of cities much before the reforms era. After all, it belongs to Gujarat that has historically been a “pulsing, region-state athwart Indian Ocean trade routes,” to borrow an expression of Robert Kaplan in his book Monsoon. The influence of the global on the local was considerable since the state’s textile output – with Ahmedabad being a major locus of that activity – for long had markets that extended from the Arabian Peninsula to Southeast Asia. Cloth was, in fact, sold to Yemen during the era of British imperialism. read more.
07:09:25 local time PAKISTAN
* Textile industry not impressed by revival of Pak-US ties:
Neither market access nor Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs), the textile industry is heavily dismayed over revival of Pak-US relations. Industry calls it a failure of the Foreign Office, as it’s unable to convince US, for ‘trade, not aid’, in response to the reopening of Nato supplies.
Interestingly, the government has even set no pre-condition of reopening of supplies against earlier higher transit fee. Even, the industry had failed to win market access during the pro-US regime of President Pervez Musharraf, who finally offered relief package worth Rs 30 billion by writing off loans under BPD 29. read more.
* APTMA to setup camp in Islamabad to resolve issues:
Spokesman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has said that 22-members delegation of APTMA representing all regions under the leadership of Chairman APTMA Mohsin Aziz, along with Zonal Chairmen and Vice Chairmen, is setting up five days camp in Islamabad to resolve textile industry issues with the government.
While in Islamabad, the APTMA delegation will call on President, Prime Minister, ministers for Textile Industry, Water & Power and Petroleum & Natural Resources.
The spokesman said as many as 57 textile mills prime users of electricity on independent feeders having hardly 135MW load, have been subjected to six to eight hours industry load shedding causing to one shift layoffs since last 60 days.