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    Closed paper mill in Finnish Lapland becomes Infinited Fibers' new factory


    After talking earlier this year of plans (as reported by our sister publication, The Outdoor Industry Compass) to invest some €220 million in a new regenerated textile fiber factory – though no site had reportedly been found at the time – fashion and textile technology company Infinited Fiber Company now ...

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    ANWR Group to add 2,500sqm to Mainhausen order center for new showrooms


    ANWR Group announced plans to add a new building to its existing Ordercenter O1 on the Mainhausen Campus in Germany. Following the building permit submission, the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for October 2022, with completion planned for December 2023. Showrooms ranging in size from 100 to 500 square meters ...

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    Bangladesh harbor depot fire: 49 dead, hundreds injured, millions worth of garments destroyed


    At least 49 people, including seven firefighters, died, and at least 300 people were injured when a fire broke out at a container depot in Bangladesh over the weekend, triggering a massive chemical explosion, according to several media reports. The fire broke out late Saturday night at the depot in ...

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    Container xChange: Peak shipping season could be worse than last year


    More than half (51 percent) of 200 forwarders, traders and shippers surveyed recently by Container xChange, a Hamburg, Germany-based technology infrastructure provider for container logistics companies, are predicting a “worse” third quarter shipping season than in 2021 when cargo surges resulted in record container shipping freight rates, delivery delays, port ...

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    New Balance joins Land to Market


    New Balance has announced its membership in Land to Market, an outcome-based verified sourcing solution for raw materials from verified regenerative land with headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems that goes beyond sustainability to improve the entire ecosystem continuously. ...

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    JP Modatex premiers stretch linen with DuPont Sonora fibers


    JP Modatex, an Indian manufacturer of premium and specialty ring spun yarns for apparel and home textiles, has managed to blend linen fibers with DuPont’s Sonora stable fibers, a partially plant-based polymer material, to create ring-spun linen-based yarns and fabrics that offer comfort stretch. As linen is so far impossible ...

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    Keynote speakers for Better Cotton Conference announced


    The Better Cotton Conference in Malmö, Sweden, on June 22 and 23, has announced two of its keynote speakers: Balubhai Parmar and Lacy Vardeman. Parmar is a cotton grower from Gujarat, India, who leads an enterprising group of Better Cotton farmers that are all small enterprises. At the conference, he ...

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    Performance Days & The Loop: The industry reunion on April 27-28


    The specialized ingredient sourcing show Performance Days and its digital version The Loop are thoughtfully aligned with the sourcing schedules of the industry and give product designers and managers the chance to finally meet in person again. On April 27 and 28, the industry is offered the chance for face-to-face ...

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    Indian apparel sector expects boost thanks to trade agreement with Australia


    The India-Australia Free Trade Agreement, officially called the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AIECTA), is the first trade agreement India has signed with a developed economy in more than a decade. Negotiations began in 2011 but were suspended in 2015 as talks stalled over issues such as market access ...

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    China’s worst Covid outbreak since Wuhan is the next threat to the supply chain


    Even before the initial problems caused by the pandemic could be solved, the war in Ukraine created new ones. And now, despite all precautions, the Omicron BA mutant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in China. The epicenter of infection was the northeastern province of Jilin, on the border with North ...

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    U.S. Customs detains goods from Li-Ning at border


    Effective March 14, 2022, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has detained merchandise produced or manufactured by Li-Ning at all U.S. ports of entry. The measure is the result of an investigation by the CBP indicating Li-Ning uses North Korean slave labor in its supply chain. In the statement, ...

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    The Climate Pledge announces nearly 100 new signatories


    Amazon and Global Optimism announced that more than 300 companies have now signed The Climate Pledge, an increase in signatories of nearly 600 percent over the past year. The nearly 100 new signatories include the world’s largest container shipping company Maersk, leading enterprise software developer SAP, North American lumber company ...

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    Decathlon partners with GIZ on sustainability efforts in Vietnam


    Decathlon and the German Development Agency (GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) will be collaborating this year on two joint initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of Vietnam’s garment and textile factories. The two joint projects are “Climate Protection through Sustainable Bioenergy Markets in Vietnam” (GIZ BEM) and “Fostering ...

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    TrusTrace starts new software solution for real-time traceability from fiber to product


    Software service supplier TrusTrace, based in Stockholm and Coimbatore, India, has launched its new TrusTrace Certified Material Compliance platform, a software solution that aims to link all purchase orders to production steps, certificates, supplier declarations and quality reports for real-time traceability. The new TrusTrace Certified Material Compliance service wants to ...

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    Russian footwear market faces a crisis


    The Russian market is braced for major turbulence after dozens of footwear brands pulled out of the country following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent introduction of international sanctions. Adidas, Nike and Puma have joined the long list of international brands that have quit the country’s market, along ...


    Sri Lanka’s apparel exports in January set 5-year record


    Sri Lanka’s January 2022 apparel exports reached the highest level for that month in the last five years. This performance demonstrates the underlying strength of the industry, which has recovered from ongoing shocks from the impact of the pandemic over the past two years. Sri Lanka’s garment export revenue increased ...

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    New Bleckmann distribution center opened in the U.K.


    Bleckmann, a leading Dutch provider of supply chain management services to the fashion and lifestyle market with customers such as Gymshark and Superdry, among many others, has opened a new fulfillment center in Lutterworth, its fourth location in the U.K. The brand new building at Magna Park has a floor ...

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    Lockdowns affect Shenzhou’s sport apparel production


    Shenzhou International, a major Chinese sports apparel manufacturer that works for Nike, Adidas and other brands, announced that all its factories in the Beilun district of Ningbo City have resumed production after temporary Covid lockdowns were lifted by local authorities. However, the factory closures in the region and others have ...

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    On sees supply chain shortages ending after H1


    Suppliers in Vietnam returned to full capacity in December, and various manufacturing partners are shortening the traditional Chinese New Year shutdown to help catch up with the backlog of orders, said On Running, participating for the first time in a round table discussion in the framework of the traditional ICR ...

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    Google develops geographic fiber-tracking tool


    Google has added a tool to its Google Earth Engine to gauge fibers by their geographic effects on the environment (air pollution, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, effects on forestry, water use, etc.) and thereby guide textile brands to reduce the carbon emissions of their raw materials procurement. Developed in partnership ...