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  • Strikers attack Chinese-owned apparel factory in Rangoon

    Burmese media reported on February 24 that about 300 local workers rushed into the  Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment (Myanmar) Co factory compound and started to smash windows, doors and other equipment after a colleague was sacked.

  • UK imports from China and near-shore boom after Brexit referendum

    Calculated in square metres of fabric, UK total apparel imports in the last six months of 2016 (after the Brexit referendum and its subsequent sterling devaluation) fell just 0.3% over the same period in 2015.

  • Makalot policy on US policy split in $5bn-$10 bn 2017 capital investment programme

    Taiwan’s Makalot announced on February 9 a double-edged policy on the US in its 2017 “$5 bn – $10 bn” worldwide investment plans.

  • Burmese government presses for new textile complex in troubled Rakhine state

    The state-owned Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has recommended constructing garment factories in  Rakhine State, where the marginalised Muslim population is subject to severe persecution. A local politician, U Aung Than Tin, suggested an 1,800 acre area beside the highway from Rangoon to Sitwe township.

  • EU publishes most objectives for Indonesia trade talks

    The EU published most of it objectives for a potential trade deal with Indonesia on February 7.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Vietnamese start looking on bright side of TPP collapse

    “Trump may have killed the TPP, and while Vietnam’s textile and garment industry may be affected there are still benefits to be had,” says one real businessman.

  • Vietnam pessimism won’t stand up to scrutiny

    Foreign media and Vietnamese businesses almost unanimous in complaining about effect on Vietnamese apparel industry of US abandoning TPP negotiations. But even the Vietnamese admit that its apparel industry exports grew 5.2% in 2016. This, they believe, compares with:

  • Taiwan’s Eclat reviewing setting US plant – as it closes China production

    Taiwan’s  Eclat Textile, the country’s largest apparel manufacturer, announced on December 8 it  was closing its last Chinese production plant.

  • Bagir announces completion of its first Ethiopian contract

    Israel’s Bagir announced their Ethiopian plant’s first completed foreign order, a trouser programme for US H&M stores.

  • No other country’s going to step into China’s shoes

    In the first three months of this year, we saw a massive drop in Chinese apparel exports to the US. It doesn’t mean the end of China’s dominance.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • Indonesian $1.1 bn textile zone announced though textile companies blame rising costs for staff layoffs.

    Though Indonesian textile makers  have recently laid off 18,000 workers (says one source) or 30,000 (says another, which predicts a further 20,000 job losses in September) in Java, local property developer PT Kawasan Industri Jababeka  and Singapore-based Sembcorp Development, have agreed to develop a 2,700 hectare (6,700 acre)  textile industrial complex within Java’s Kendal Industrial Complex (KIC)

  • Nike Indonesian supplier expands east of Jakarta

    PT Adis Dimension, a major Indonesian Nike footwear supplier, announced on July 31 it was expanding production by building a new factory at Majalengka, about 100 miles east of its current operations at Tangerang, on the outer fringe of Jakarta.

  • Activists turn fire on Walmart over Asian factories

    Detailed analysis of Walmart suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia, with details of how activists think they should be better run.