in the news on-line, 23 july 2012

22:18:18 local time map of china CHINA

* Reviving a dyeing textile tradition of color:

TODAY the dominant textile, synthetic fabric and chemical dye industries eclipse ancient traditions of handwoven and naturally dyed fabrics that prevailed in China.

But South Korean Joan Sunghee Kim, who specializes in natural dyes, is trying to revive traditions and encourage fashion-conscious people to choose natural fabrics colored with natural dyes.

Garments are a “second skin,” according to Kim, who holds a master’s degree in anthropology and a PhD in China’s textile technology. She has been living in Shanghai for 15 years.
“I believe that soon more people will accept the concept that being fashionable is wearing natural and healthy fabrics,” she told Shanghai Daily in an interview during her third China exhibition of naturally dyed fabrics. It closed this month.
Her years of research into textile culture, color and technology have helped promote China’s textile arts and made natural fabric and natural dye fashion more fashionable. read more.

* Trade union target for intl firms ‘on track’:

Federation should meet 95-percent representation goal by 2013: official
The target of trade union representation in 95 percent of overseas-funded enterprises by 2013 is on course to be met, a senior union official said.

Of the approximately 180,000 overseas-funded corporations in China, 81.2 percent have established unions, said Wang Ying, a senior official with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the top union organization.
“It is a priority to have greater union presence in overseas-funded enterprises,” Wang told China Daily.
The federation set a target in 2011 for 95-percent representation in overseas-invested enterprises with more than 10 employees. read more.

21:18:18 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Garment strikers set sights for capital again:

Strikers from Kandal province’s Tai Yang and Camwell factories, which supply Levi’s and Gap, will converge on the capital again today to keep pressing for seniority bonuses, Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun said.

The 150 workers who remain on strike – of about 4,000 who have stopped work at the factories since June 25 – will deliver a petition to the US Embassy in an attempt to appeal to the factories’ mostly American buyers, Chhun said.

The workers, who have been demanding seniority bonuses of US$170 per year, claim Tai Yang changed its name in 2010 to avoid paying such benefits, allegations management denies. read more.

* Protest, not shooting, police’s focus:

Three female garment workers on Friday answered a Svay Rieng provincial judge’s summons to discuss their lawsuits against the man who allegedly shot them, former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith ,but the judge turned out to not be the one asking the questions.

Nuth Bopinaroath, a coordinator for human rights group Licadho, said the three garment workers – Nuth Sakhorn, Buot Chenda and Keo Neang – were questioned by the police, not the investigating judge, for a period of two hours at a time.

The lawsuits stem from a February 20 protest involving more than 6,000 workers from the Kaoway Sports factory. Bandith allegedly shot into the crowd and hit the women. They are demanding $45,000 each in compensation.

“According to the victims’ answers, during their appearance at the provincial court on Friday, they were not asked for their explanations about the lawsuits against Chhouk Bandith, but instead, they were merely interviewed about what happened at the factory, and their protest against the factory,” he said. read more.

* Cambodia’s garment export reaches 2.1 bln USD in H1, up 9 pct:

Cambodia had exported garment and textile products in equivalent to 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in the first six months of 2012, up 9 percent from 1.93 billion U.S. dollars in the same period last year, a report from the Commerce Ministry showed on Monday.

The United States and European countries are the main buyers, other clients include Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and some other Asian countries.
During the same period, the country had imported garment and textile raw materials in equivalent to 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, a 23 percent rise from 1.22 billion U.S. dollars in the same period last year, said the report.
Those materials had been mainly imported from China, China’s Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. read more.

* Cambodia’s export growth falls:

Increased labour strife in the garment sector and slumping Western economies contributed to a slow-down in Cambodia’s exports during the first six months of the year, with total growth dropping by about 74 per cent year on year.

Exports rose, to US$2.5 billion, up 12 per cent year on year, according to theMinistry of Commerce.
The figure is disappointing compared to about 45 per cent growth during the first half of 2011.
The value of agricultural exports dropped by about 10 per cent during the period.

Garment shipments, which accounted for about 84 per cent of the exports, faltered between January and June as slow growth in the United States and the debt crisis in Europe had dried up demand.
Domestically, garment industry insiders have said worker strikes over wage increases not only affected production, but discouraged investment in the sector that has long championed gross domestic product growth.
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 * Addchance’s green plant for knitted sweaters well underway:

Addchance Holdings Limited, a leading global textile manufacturer principally engaged in the production and sale of dyed yarn, knitted sweaters and cotton yarn; the provision of dyeing and knitting services; and the trading of cotton and yarns in Hong Kong, mainland China and Cambodia, announced that it has entered into an operation rights transfer agreement with an independent third party.

The Group has agreed to transfer the Operation Rights of its wholly owned PRC Subsidiary to the independent third party for an aggregate consideration of approximately HK$554 million. The PRC Subsidiary currently holds the land use rights of eight sites situated in Luoding City, Guangdong Province, China.
Upon the completion of the transaction, the Group will record a gain before tax of approximately HK$435 million. The proceeds will serve as working capital for the Group. The transaction will bring a positive financial gain, and will strengthen the Group’s cash flow and financial position, put further focus and resources on the development of the Group’s core business, and thus enhance the overall operating strength and profitability of the Group. read more.

22:18:18 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* Implement 60-year retirement age immediately- MTUC:

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today called on the private sector to extend the retirement age from 55 to 60 years immediately rather than wait for the law to be implemented.

The government had agreed to extend the retirement age to 60 years for private sector workers and the bill on this had been passed by the Dewan Negara recently, the MTUC vice-president A. Balasubramaniam said.
He said it would take another six months or so for the bill to be gazetted and implemented, and in the meantime thousands of workers who were reaching the mandatory age of 55 years would be retiring.
“The MTUC is very concerned with this group since most of them had made representation to the congress to seek reemployment because they were still healthy enough and able to continue working,” he told Bernama. read more.

* Challenges in a changing labour scene:

The workforce has now exceeded three million, with a third being foreign workers, and this has caused a host of new conflicts that are not within easy solution.

WHO is ultimately responsible for protecting the rights and interests of Singapore’s 2.5 million workers – the Manpower Ministry or the city’s only trade union body?
A cynical reply could be: No difference, since they are like different arms of the same government.
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), a network of 61 trade unions and one taxi association, with 700,000 members is affiliated to the ruling People’s Action Party. read more.

22:18:18 local time map of singapore SINGAPORE

* NTUC recommends 6 months of paid maternity leave:

Another priority for the NTUC is promoting better work-life balance for mothers.

In response to calls by the National Population and Talent Division for ideas to boost Singapore’s falling fertility rate, the labour movement is recommending that working mums be given six months of paid maternity leave, and an additional six months of unpaid leave.
“It’s important for us to encourage employers to embrace better work-life (balance). Particularly after delivery, there are certain stresses for women,” said NTUC President Diana Chia.
“Many women, because of this difficulty, leave their job to take care of their family. And to get them back to work is also an enormous task. So we’re actually looking at how we can phase in this,” she added.
“It’s good, this will encourage more women to have babies, but it depends on the company. (For) small companies, I don’t think they can afford to give six months of maternity leave followed by no pay leave,” said one member of the public.
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22:18:18 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* It’s Bucky v. Adidas: Indonesia Labor Rights Violations Head to Court in Wisconsin:

A student rendering of Bucky Badger puts the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s furry mascot in a lock-up formed by the Adidas three-bar logo.

But in a historic test, it is the midwestern university that is now putting Adidas on trial.
The university filed a complaint against the global sportswear giant in Dane County Circuit Court on July 13 calling on a judge to determine whether the university’s code of conduct required Adidas to pay severance and other benefits to nearly 3,000 Indonesian workers. The workers were left jobless and impoverished by a Korean contractor’s abrupt exit from Indonesia in January 2011. The lawsuit marks the first time that one of the more than 100 U.S. universities in a national anti-sweatshop consortium has sought to enforce its code in the courts.

Adidas “Grossly Irresponsible and Immoral”
The workers, some with more than ten years seniority, earned about 60-cents an hour for producing Adidas apparel that is sold under the university’s logo. Wisconsin not only sells the apparel, but is in the middle of a five year $11 million sponsorship agreement with Adidas for exclusive sports team equipment and scholarships. Under that contract, Adidas promises to observe a code of conduct that requires it to take responsibility for remedying violations by contractors and subcontractors.
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* Bali eyes Latin America for handicraft exports:

 Handicraft artisans from Indonesian province of Bali have started exploring Latin American markets for exports, as they foresee a decline in exports to their traditional Western markets, owing to the ongoing financial crisis.

 Handicrafts are considered to be an important trade commodity in Bali and about 138,630 artisans on the island depend on it for livelihood.
 However, due to global crisis, the value of Bali’s export, mainly handicraft exports, to several countries has kept fluctuating over the past five years.
 Balinese artisans are now eyeing good prospects in Latin American markets, as the region is not much hit by the global crisis, and also people there are keen about Balinese handicrafts. read more.

20:18:18 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Workers block Dhaka-Sylhet Highway for arrears:

News - Workers block Dhaka-Sylhet Highway for arrears

Garment workers on Sunday blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Rupganj upazila for three and a half hours demanding outstanding wages and allowances.      

Workers of Harvest Rich Garments at Aukhab in Rupganj came to the factory and began demonstrating at about 8am instead of joining their duty to press home their demand.
Later, they came out of their factory and took to the street where they damaged 10/12 vehicles.
They vandalised the windowpanes of their factory building and the local branch of Rupali Bank.
The agitating workers also obstructed the vehicular movement by blocking the highway.
At 9am, police chased the workers and fired several teargas shell, which angered the workers, who hurled brickbats at the law-enforcers. read more. & read more.

* Unpaid workers block Dhaka-Sylhet highway:

Apparel factory workers on Sunday blockaded the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway and demonstrated for over two and a half hours to press for a slew of demands including payment of salary.

Quoting eyewitnesses Rupganj Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Atikur Rahman Khan said workers of Harvest Rich Garments at Rupganj took to the streets at Bhulta Aukhab around 9am.
At one point, he said, they vandalised the windowpanes of the factory building and seven to eight vehicles on the street. They withdrew from the street around 11:45am after the factory authorities assured them of clearing their dues within Monday.
The nearly two-and a-half-hour stop in traffic led to a large backlog on the highway, the police official added.
Anwar Hossain, a worker of the factory, said their wages for two months were pending. Every month they receive payment not before 22nd or 23rd, he added.
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* US buyers for probing Aminul murder:

US apparel importers have urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to conduct ‘comprehensive, impartial, and prompt investigation’ into the murder of labour activist Aminul Islam and bring his killers to justice.

“Trade associations representing major apparel, retail, footwear and licensing industries doing business in Bangladesh wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed on April 18 expressing deep concern about the killing and calling for a comprehensive, impartial, and prompt investigation followed by accountability of the perpetrators,” said a US official.

Associate Deputy Undersecretary of International Labour Affairs, Eric R Biel, said in his testimony at a Congressional hearing on human rights in Bangladesh on Thursday, “The still-unresolved killing of Aminul Islam raises new concerns that those advocating on the front lines for the interest of Bangladeshi workers may remain targets of powerful interests opposed to such reforms.”
In the first week of April, Aminul Islam was tortured and brutally killed apparently for his efforts to help factory workers form a union.
The US government is monitoring the issue and it reached out to leading companies within days of the Aminul Islam murder, the official said. read more.

* Textile millers, spinners downsize output by 30pc as demand saps:

Textile and spinning millers have ramped down production by at least 30 per cent after demands for fabrics and yarn from local garment manufacturers have fallen, industry insiders said.

Instead, readymade garment (RMG) units, which used to prefer local fabrics and yarn, are now turning to other destinations such China and India for sourcing.
Insiders said the overall production cost is going up resulting in higher prices of their manufactured fabrics and yarn, which made the millers less competitive in the international market.

Millers alleged that many garment manufacturers are now ‘capitalising’ on the new EU rules of origin and sourcing their raw materials from China, jeopardising the local industry.
Lower pressure of gas and electricity supply disruption, depreciation of taka against dollar, and backward communicating system are also blamed for the prevailing situation. read more.

* Apparel accessories makers fail to reach export target:

The country’s apparel accessories and packaging products manufacturers failed to reach the export target in the last fiscal year (FY 2011-12) due to the ongoing economic recession in the European Union (EU) countries and the USA.

“We exported accessories and packaging products worth US$ 3.60 billion in the last fiscal year while the target was US$4.0 billion,” Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) President Rafez Alam Chowdhury told the FE.

The export volume of the industry was worth US$ 3.10 billion in the fiscal year 2010-11, according to the BGAPMEA data.
Mr Chowdhury said the country’s apparel exporters are facing setback due to economic recession in the European Union and the USA. EU states are the main destination of the local exporters. EU nations consume nearly 50 per cent of the Bangladeshi garment accessories and packaging products. read more.

* ILO project starts to ensure suitable jobs, security for migrant workers:

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) started working on a Taka 28-crore project to create suitable jobs and security for Bangladeshi workers abroad.

This project will help the expatriate Bangladeshis in availing their rights, security and safe employment in foreign countries, Hazrat Ali, project coordinator and additional secretary of expatriate welfare ministry, told BSS.
The project titled ‘Promoting Decent Work Through Improved Migration Policy and Its Application in Bangladesh’ was formally launched on July 5 following approval by the planning ministry. read more.

19:48:18 local time map of india INDIA

* Duty-free import of Chinese garments, shoes via 3 more border points:

Traders with special passes can import readymade garments and shoes from China through three border points, without paying duty. With this, the total number of items imported via land route has gone up to 20.

The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has already made changes in the list of items that can be imported and exported duty-free through the land route. As of now, such imports are allowed through three land custom stations, Nathu La (Sikkim), Gunji (Uttarakhand) and Namgiya Shipkila (Himachal Pradesh).

However, three public notices issued in relation to such imports through the three border points do not mention any quantitative safeguards. This has raised apprehensions among traders that cheaper Chinese imports might be dumped into the Indian market, especially in West Bengal, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, which are close to these points. read more.

* Another yarn price hike looming large:

With another hike in yarn prices looming large following the sudden escalation in cotton prices over the last 10 days, the apparel manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed expecting that the yarn prices would not shoot up disproportionately as compared to cotton.

Garment manufacturers say that they were worried because recent trends in fixation of yarn prices indicate hiking of its prices have not been carried out proportional to increase in the costs of cotton, the main raw material, on many occasions, with the prices even going up at times when cotton prices crashed.
“The price of ‘40s count’ yarn was just Rs. 218 per kg during the latter half of 2010 when Shankar-6 variety of cotton has been costing Rs. 43,000 per candy.
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* Ludhiana textile hub to get CETP under TUFS:

Union Minister for Commerce, Industries and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma held meetings with Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Parkash Singh Badal and Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda here to discuss the industrial projects in the states.
Shri Sharma was accompanied by a high level delegation from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

In the meeting with Punjab Chief Minister, Shri Sharma announced that Punjab would be connected to the Western Industrial Corridor (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor). The Minister announced that initially Ludhiana will be linked to Rewari to provide this connectivity and there was in principal agreement between the Central Government and the Punjab Government for extending this connectivity to Amritsar, for which the feasibility will have to be worked out. read more.

* ATDC launches digital contents for SMART Sewing Machine:

With an aim to make the delivery of courses standardised at its training centres across the country, the Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) has launched the first module of ‘Digital Contents’ for ‘SMART Sewing Machine Operator’ as blended learning support at the Tex Trends India-2012, in AEPC-ATDC Stall on 16th July.

Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles Shri Anand Sharma in presence of Smt. Kiran Dhingra, Secretary (Textiles), Shri V Srinivas, JS (Exports) and Dr. A. Shaktivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), inaugurated and released the module at the AEPC-ATDC stall during ‘Tex Trends 2012’ — a fair organised for the apparel & accessories, fabrics, home furnishings, Indian handicrafts, wool and woollen products, jute and carpets organised by Ministry of Textiles at Pragati Maidan in the Capital from July 16-18. read more.

* Medical textiles sector to witness tremendous growth:

Medical textiles consumption in the country is poised to grow by 14 per cent annually till 2020, owing to an increase in the public awareness levels on hygienic healthcare, according to S. Thiruppathi, senior scientific officer, South India Textile Research Association (SITRA).

Growth rate
“This estimated growth rate will be offering greater opportunities for the domestic textile manufacturers to give value-addition to their business portfolio considering that almost 70 per cent of the medical textiles consumption in India is presently met through imports,” he said.

Mr. Thiruppathi was speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of an orientation programme on ‘Business opportunities in medical textiles’ which SITRA organised in association with Textiles Committee, a body under Union Ministry of Textiles and Palladam Hi-Tech Weaving Park near here on Saturday.
He pointed out that entrepreneurs in power loom sector could also diversify from the routine production of grey cloth into medical textiles so as to rejuvenate the sagging (power loom) segment. read more.

* Arvind: Low debt, gains from licensing deals augur well:

Investors should accumulate the stock of Arvind at the current market price of Rs 73.6. This is at a discount of 16% to its price six months ago. Factors such as resumption of work at its Naroda plant, low debt and continued focus on licensed brands indicate strong revenue visibility in the coming quarters.

Growth drivers

After a prolonged strike for over a month, Arvind is set to benefit from resumption of work at its Naroda plant. The Naroda plant contributes 83% to the company’s total denim fabric capacity of 108 million metres. This would enhance the company’s revenues in the coming quarters since it derives 67% of its total revenues from the domestic market, helping it reduce its dependence on overseas markets.
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* Weaving sacred textiles:

Cloth considered as a sacred item, has been used since ages as an offering to the gods and to adorn them. For instance the red and yellow puja sarees of South India have some symbolism associated with them — they are worn to protect a loved one, to fulfill a vow or ensure a bright future.

Powerful motifs:The highly valued Iban Pua Kumbu warp ikat weaves. Textiles in many parts of the world, whether woven, dyed, printed or embellished are valued by communities as cultural, sacred objects and used in ritual or ceremonial occasions. “In India, as in other civilisation, weaving is considered as an act of creation and worship. Many of the weaver communities like the Padmasalis and Devangas believe that their progenitors were linked to the lord of creation,” said Jasleen Dhamija, international textile expert at the recently concluded International Festival of Sacred Arts, Delhi (organised by the Attic headed by Preminder Singh and supported by the Delhi Government and other leading organisations).
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19:18:18 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Shutdown: Loom workers’ protest continues:

They blocked Faisalabad-Jhang Road for traffic by putting up barricades.

Hundreds of the power loom workers gathered at Jhang Road and staged a demonstration against the closure of power looms in Saddar, Bao Wala, Thikriwala and other areas along Jhang Road.
The protest was led by members of the Labour Qaumi Movement (LQM) including Mian Abdul Qayyum, Malik Muhammad Arif, Rana Tahir, Ghulam Nabi Javaid, Hajji Aslam Wafa, Rana Azeem, Muhammad Yaseen, Aslam Meraj and Baba Abdul Lateef.
They blocked Faisalabad-Jhang Road for traffic by putting up barricades.

The looms had been closed by owners over workers’ demand for a wage raise.
Meanwhile, a power loom worker committed suicide apparently over joblessness on Saturday.
Thikriwala police identified the deceased as Abdullah, 30, a resident of Chak No67-JB. They quoted his family and said that he had been unemployed since the closure of the power loom where he was working. They said he swallowed poison following a quarrel with his wife over money to get their children new clothes.He was taken to Allied Hospital where he passed away. to read.

* Textile exporters seek cheap project financing:

MISSED TARGET: $12.4b were the textile exports last fiscal year, standing below the target of $16b. PHOTO: FILE

With domestic energy shortages and turmoil in international markets, the textile industry, termed the backbone of the country’s exports with a 53% contribution, seeks cheap financing from the government in an attempt to give a boost to exports in the new fiscal year.

“We would ask the government to provide cheap financing for the textile industry if it wants to see growth in textile exports this year (2012-13),” Mohsin Aziz, Central Chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma), said while talking to The Express Tribune.
“India is giving special financing to its textile industry at 5% interest and if we have to compete we need financing at the same rate,” said Aziz.

The textile industry fell short of its export target of $16 billion last fiscal year and ended up with exports of $12.4 billion.
Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) former chairman Mohsin Ayub Mirza said though Pakistan would get some help in the European export market with upcoming EU trade concessions, things would remain quite difficult for exports this year. read more.

* Textile sector in sustainable production drive:

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has teamed up with German Academy for International Cooperation (GIZ) to set up a sustainable production centre to promote energy efficiency and cleaner production technologies in member mills.

Sustainable production centre in Lahore will also advise textile firms on how to improve their production systems, reusing industrial wastewater, renewable energy options and capacity development.
Even though textile is the country’s largest manufacturing sector, the industry is struggling in the face of higher energy costs and frequent power cuts, said Seth Muhammad Akbar, vice chairman of APTMA. read more.

* Lifeline: ‘Textile industry only hope for economic revival’:

Textile sectors cumulative exports have declined to $12.35 billion against $13.78 billion in the same period last year. PHOTO: AFP

The textile industry is the only hope for the revival of country’s economy which is currently jolted by the high cost of energy and prolonged power outages.
This was stated by Yassar Sakhi Butt, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry while commenting on the decline of textile exports by 10.38% in fiscal 2012.
The president was responding to the figures released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics which shows that textile sectors cumulative exports have declined to $12.35 billion against $13.78 billion in the same period last year.
He said that the energy shortage was the prime cause of decline in exports because 40% of the production capacity of textile industry is dysfunctional due to inadequate supply of electricity and gas. to read.

* Pakistan’s cotton output 2012-13 likely to cross 15.5m bales:

Despite heavy monsoon rains from late July to September 2012, Pakistan is expected to grow more than 15.5 million bales in 2012-13 crop season, analysts said on Saturday.

It was expected that rains would only hit lower Sindh crop belt and some parts in Punjab cotton belt, which would not exceed more than 10 percent of the total yield, it is estimated.
The government has approved use of biotech and new cotton varieties, which have better resistance from virus attacks and better yield.

Pakistan’s 2012-13 harvested area is forecast to decline 3.0 percent from a year ago to 3.4 million hectares. During crop season 2011-12, the country hit a record high production, which stood at 15.40 million bales, they added.
According to a cotton expert and Pakistan Yarn Merchant Association member Ghulam Rabbani, rains would not dent the crop as growers and farmers have applied maximum measures to protect cotton fields in upper as well as lower land areas in growing parts of Punjab and Sindh. read more.

* Cotton waste becomes important raw material for textile mills:

Cotton waste, which was exported at a very low rate two decades ago, is now an important raw material for hygienic hospital products, wipers and dishcloth, mope rope, floor cleaning mops, towels and woven fabric that are all exported at much higher value.

“Many textile mills are now establishing recycling plants to reuse the cotton waste,” said M I Khurram, a leading spinning entrepreneur.
He said now nothing goes waste and even the dust that is left out after all processes is used as fuel for boilers. This dust that contains traces of wax is also exported to Japan and Korea where it is used as fertiliser to grow mushrooms, he added. He said large textile groups have established recycling plants to reuse waste cotton.
The group that leads in export of items made from recycled cotton is Ihsan, Pakistan. The group is perhaps the largest exporter from Pakistan as far as the area covered is more.

* PVTC, GIZ set up laboratories for stitching industrial garments:

The Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC), in cooperation with the German Development Agency (GIZ), has set up three state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for industrial garments stitching at the cost of Rs 30 million.

A spokesman of the PVTC said that the number of direct beneficiaries of these projects is 360, while 2,700 workers would benefit indirectly. Chong Fook Yen, head of Component III of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme funded by the GIZ, visited three vocational training institutes. read more.

* Textile sector exports decline by 10.38 percent in FY12:

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) released its exports and imports data for July-June 2011-12 (FY12) on Friday, which reflected that exports in major sectors has decreased while imports in major sectors has increased.

The textile sectors cumulative exports during FY12 in dollar terms have declined by 10.38 percent to $12.35 billion against $13.78 billion in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, its share in Pakistan’s total exports also declined sizably. Experts attribute this decline to the severe energy crisis and fall in internal demand.
Due to this phenomenon, the quantum exports of high value added items such as knitwear, bed wear, towels and readymade garments have shown negative growth during the period under review. read more.

* Pak govt reconstitutes Cotton Committee to boost output:

 With a view to provide a substantial boost to the country’s cotton productivity through research and development activities, the Pakistan Government has reconstituted the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC).

 The Government is aiming is to increase productivity from existing 700 kg per acre to 1,200 kg per acre over the next few years.
 The Federal Textile Minister along with his deputy nominated by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) would chair the reconstituted committee.
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* APTMA hails Shahzad Khan on assuming office of VC PCCC:

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) leadership has congratulated Shahzad Ali Khan for his appointment to the most prestigious office of Vice President of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) with all regulatory authority vested with him.

Chairman APTMA Mohsin Aziz, Group Leader APTMA Gohar Ejaz, Central Vice Chairman APTMA and Chairman Pakistan Cotton Forum Seth Akbar, Chairman APTMA Punjab Ahsan Bashir and Chairman APTMA Sindh Yasin Siddique, in their separate messages, have reposed full confidence in the abilities of Shahzad Ali Khan as Vice Chairman PCCC and expressed the hope that he would leave no stone unturned in stimulating the dead horse of cotton research in Pakistan. India has already made miracles by enhancing cotton production from 12 million bales to 30 million bales. Pakistan is yet lagging behind due to a fragile front of cotton research. read more.

map of Asia

* Reviving a dyeing textile tradition of color
* Trade union target for intl firms ‘on track’

* Garment strikers set sights for capital again
* Protest, not shooting, police’s focus
* Cambodia’s garment export reaches 2.1 bln USD in H1, up 9 pct
* Cambodia’s export growth falls
* Addchance’s green plant for knitted sweaters well underway

* Implement 60-year retirement age immediately
* Challenges in a changing labour scene

* NTUC recommends 6 months of paid maternity leave

* It’s Bucky v. Adidas: Indonesia Labor Rights Violations Head to Court in Wisconsin
* Bali eyes Latin America for handicraft exports

* Workers block Dhaka-Sylhet Highway for arrears
* Unpaid workers block Dhaka-Sylhet highway
* US buyers for probing Aminul murder
* Textile millers, spinners downsize output by 30pc as demand saps
* Apparel accessories makers fail to reach export target
* ILO project starts to ensure suitable jobs, security for migrant workers

* Duty-free import of Chinese garments, shoes via 3 more border points
* Another yarn price hike looming large
* Ludhiana textile hub to get CETP under TUFS
* ATDC launches digital contents for SMART Sewing Machine
* Medical textiles sector to witness tremendous growth
* Arvind: Low debt, gains from licensing deals augur well
* Weaving sacred textiles

* Shutdown: Loom workers’ protest continues
* Textile exporters seek cheap project financing
* Textile sector in sustainable production drive
* Lifeline: ‘Textile industry only hope for economic revival’
* Pakistan’s cotton output 2012-13 likely to cross 15.5m bales
* Cotton waste becomes important raw material for textile mills
* PVTC, GIZ set up laboratories for stitching industrial garments
* Textile sector exports decline by 10.38 percent in FY12
* Pak govt reconstitutes Cotton Committee to boost output
* APTMA hails Shahzad Khan on assuming office of VC PCCC

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