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    Extended Covid Restrictions in Vietnam are hitting companies hard


    Nike and other companies are expected to suffer considerable damage from a decision by Vietnamese authorities to extend their strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Ho Chi Minh City region until the end of the month. They were originally scheduled to be lifted on Sept. 15, but the measures taken so ...

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    Callaway and acquired brands perform better than expected


    Callaway Golf Company has upgraded its guidance for the third quarter and the full financial year after mitigating some supply issues and registering higher-than-expected results at TravisMatthews, Jack Wolfskin and Topgolf in July and August. The group said it has successfully shifted some production out of Vietnam to avoid Covid-related ...

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    Vietnamese manufacturers react to the spreading virus


    More than 1,000 companies operating in various sectors in the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) region have managed to keep most of their workers on site, accommodating them in their factories or transporting them from hotels and other lodgings, to help avoid a shutdown of their operations due to the ...

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    Early end to industry lockdown in Bangladesh, new concerns over floods and China


    We have started to hear reports of “panic buying” by various apparel companies that are sourcing finished products and materials such as elastane from Chinese suppliers as the new delta variant of the Covid-19 epidemic has started to cause some localized factory shutdowns in Beijing and at least four other ...

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    Assosport expects Tokyo 2020 to boost Italy-Japan trade, despite the pandemic


    Assosport , the Italian sporting goods industry association, has emphasized the importance of the Games for the industry, despite the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, notably the absence of spectators at the events. The Olympics nevertheless provide a special showcase for companies to present their products to the rest ...

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    Bangladesh imposes a two-week lockdown


    The Delta variant of Covid-19 has led the government of Bangladesh to impose a nationwide lockdown on the country’s textile and apparel industry, which is the world’s second-largest exporter of these products after China, starting on July 23. It will come on the heels of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holidays, ...

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    Covid outbreak closes major factories in Vietnam


    A sudden and violent outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and its environs is expected to delay shipments of sports shoes and apparel and may result in a loss orders for local manufacturers, according to the local NV Express , which cited the shutdown of ...

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    Chinese port congestion won't be cleared until the end of June


    A backlog at Yantian, China’s largest container terminal, will take several weeks to clear, according to Maersk . The world’s largest shipping company told the news agency AFP that it had been informed by the port’s authorities that activity will return to normal by the end of June. The ...

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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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    Insights on where sport shoes are made in 2021


    We outline 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 ...