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56% of Ethiopia’s apparel exports are made by just one Turkish company – and 85% of its Ethiopian manufacture goes to quirky German retailer Tchibo, as the bizarre hype over the country’s prospects looks increasingly surreal
Cambodian government gets subtly different pressures from foreign buyers and unions over minimum wages
In separate mid-September letters to the Cambodian government, a group of European buyers and the major international union federations pushed for surprisingly similar, but still different, approaches to setting Cambodia’s minimum wage for 2015.
Apparel Park in Pakistani Punjab delayed as Chinese presidential visit “imperils $115 mn in apparel projects”
The recent postponement of a planned visit by the Chinese President to Pakistan has delayed “garment industry projects and Joint Ventures worth Rs12 billion ($115 mn)”
In my latest Rant, I discuss how catastrophic it often is in the garment industry to exaggerate the relevance of your expertise in a particular problem. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently shown a minor example of getting things spectacularly wrong.
Amid a raft of official government-inspired garment industry “visions” on this website, there’s something very weird about a claim in early August that Indonesia’s government “expects” its garment and textile exports to grow six fold between now and 2030.
Lenzing have just completed, at a cost of €150 mn ($200 mn) a new Tencel factory that increases the group’s Tencel capacity 42%. At an apparent cost of $1.4 MILLION per job saved.