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    Vietnam becomes more self-sufficient in footwear design and components


    Lefaso , Vietnam’s Leather, Footwear and Handbags Association, expects its industry to achieve exports of more than $20 billion this year after suffering from a decline last year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chains, consumption and trade. They could double in three to ...

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    Adidas denies sourcing in Uzbekistan


    Adidas denies a report coming from Moscow that it is going to get shoes products in Uzbekistan.  

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    Suez Canal trade route has re-opened, but…


    The already strained global supply chain could not be in worse conditions at a time when the economy is gearing up for an expected post-Covid jump in consumer demand, assuming that the current vaccination campaigns and remaining lockdowns will stop the spread of the virus. Adding to the reported harbor ...

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    Industry and governments react to Myanmar military coup


    Pou Chen , the Taiwanese group that controls Yue Yuen , announced on March 30 that it has decided to shut down temporarily its production of athletic shoes for Adidas and Nike in Myanmar for safety reasons. The local management and essential staff will remain in place for ...

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    Supply chain transparency: where are sports shoes made?


    We outlinte where Nike, Adidas, Puma, Asics, and Skechers shoes are made. As watchdogs urge sportswear companies to publish factory lists, we look at the global distribution of top brands’ suppliers.

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    A factory in Argentina will start making sports shoes again


    An Argentinian manufactrurer of sports shoes, Bicontinentar Footwear Technologies, will be re-starting an old factory in Chivilcoy, a city in the province of Buenos Aires. Its production first began in 2006 under the ownership of a Brazilian company, Paquetá , which manufactured shoes for Adidas . Argentina’s footwear production ...

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    Speedo to investigate its licensee in India


    Speedo International is reportedly launching an investigation into a factory in India that manufactures products under its own brand name, because another Indian factory owned by the same licensee is suspected of labor abuses. The factory is operated by Speedo’s licensee for India and Sri Lanka, Page Industries , ...

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    Lanxess sells organic leather chemicals business, launches Adiprene Green


    The German specialty chemicals company Lanxess is selling its organic leather chemicals business to TFL Ledertechnik . The purchase price is made up from a fixed component of €80 million and a performance-related component of up to €115 million. In addition, TFL will assume certain liabilities associated with the ...

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    ITK and Bosch Research set up competence center for smart textiles


    ITK Engineering , a German technology company operating internationally with customers mainly in the automotive and aerospace industries and a 100-percent subsidiary of the Robert Bosch GmbH since 2017 , joined forces with Bosch Research to set up the Smart Textile Competence Center in the German ...

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    No Ispo Beijing and supply chain bottlenecks due to coronavirus


    The new Chinese pandemic – declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization on Jan. 30 – is starting to put the brakes on the Chinese economy’s robust growth in terms of consumption, production and international trade in the sporting goods sector and others, with major consequences for ...

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    The FTA between the EU and Vietnam makes progress


    The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament has approved the free trade agreement signed last June by the European Commission with the government of Vietnam, paving the way for its endorsement by the full Parliament in February, ahead of its ratification by the European Council. It calls for ...

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    A truce between the U.S. and China


    The governments of the U.S. and China have signed a “phase one” trade deal that was confirmed in December after a year and a half of back-and-forth tariff impositions. The deal covers intellectual property rights, which China has been known to circumvent in a variety of ways, and ensures that ...

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    A Chinese manufacturer of athletic footwear, Kingmaker, reported a drop...


    A Chinese manufacturer of athletic footwear, Kingmaker, reported a drop in its gross margin of 4.7 percentage points to just 6.9 percent for its first fiscal half ended on Sept. 30 because of smaller orders and their relocation to Vietnamese or Cambodian factories not affected by the U.S. tariffs on ...

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    Swiss import duties on various consumer goods could be abolished...


    Swiss import duties on various consumer goods could be abolished in the future. If Parliament gives its approval, the plan will come into force in 2022. The abolition of tariffs on a number of industrial products, including bicycles, clothing and health products as well as some raw materials and semi-finished ...

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    The AAFA appeals to Trump on tariffs


    While acknowledging problems in the trade relations between the U.S. and China, the American Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA) stands opposed to the Trump administration’s policy of imposing high tariffs on imports of footwear and other products from China.

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    China tariffs affect Thule


    The additional 15 percent duties imposed by the U.S. in July on a variety of products coming from China have led several U.S. retailers to reduce their inventories and to some extent resulted in higher prices that have impacted consumer spending, said the Thule Group to explain a 2.0 ...

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    Adidas moves Speedfactory technology to Asia


    By the end of this year, Adidas will be transferring the robotic Speedfactory technology that it has developed in cooperation with Oechsler to two of its Asian footwear suppliers to help increase the flexibility of the design and production process. With production times substantially cut there, Adidas says it will ...

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    Clarus Corp., the parent company of Black Diamond and other...


    Clarus Corp., the parent company of Black Diamond and other brands, had mixed results in the third quarter, with net income dropping by 14.3 percent to $3.5 million on 8.0 percent higher sales of $60.2 million. The gross margin was down by 1.6 percentage points to 34.1 percent, due to ...

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    Tariffs weigh on Johnson Outdoors’ profits


    Johnson Outdoors' earnings for its third fiscal quarter, ended on June 28, were hampered by the first round of new tariffs that were imposed by the U.S. on China last September amid the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The company's net income declined by 7.1 percent from the ...

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    Détente on the international trade front


    Three moves on the international trade front that have taken place in the last few days have given the sporting goods industry and the world economy positive signals in the direction of free trade. While the U.S. decided not to go ahead with a new set of punitive tariffs on ...