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China boosts ties with Mekong countries at textile industry seminar

Around 30 government officials, textile industry insiders and researchers from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos were in Shanghai, China, in October to attend a nine-day seminar at Donghua University.

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Sexual harassment costs Cambodian clothing sector US$89m a year

Sexual harassment in the workplace could have an indirect cost to the Cambodian clothing industry of up to US$89m per year, reports the Khmer Times.

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Uniqlo and s.Oliver named in Indonesian ‘wage theft’ dispute

Clean Clothes Campaign, together with workers of the Jaba Garmindo clothing factory in Indonesia, has filed a complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) against Fast Retailing, parent company of the Uniqlo brand, and German brand s.Oliver.

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Max Mara accused of ‘plagiarising’ traditional ethnic designs

A social enterprise group in Laos has claimed that luxury fashion label Max Mara “copied” unique designs from a remote ethnic group without any compensation or acknowledgment.

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Singapore group to invest US$200m in fibre innovation and technology

Resource-based manufacturing group Royal Golden Eagle has announced plans to invest US$200m over the next 10 years into cellulosic textile fibre research and development.

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A&E opens new thread making facility in Vietnam

Sewing and embroidery thread manufacturer American & Efird has opened a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to provide expanded services and regional support for apparel, footwear, handbags and other sewn products in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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Minimum wage for Cambodian textile workers raised by 4.4%

Cambodian unions, employers and the government have agreed to increase the minimum monthly wage of textile and footwear factory workers by US$8 next year, a rise of 4.4%, despite some workers saying the rise is not enough to improve their living standards.

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Joint venture begins production of nanofibres in Indonesia

Singaporean oil-based products manufacturer United Global has formed a joint venture with Japanese nanofibre specialist M-TechX to operate a nanofibre manufacturing plant in Indonesia.

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Esprit cuts Myanmar ties amidst military violations

Clothing brand Esprit says it will no longer source from an apparel factory located in an industrial park linked to Myanmar’s military in a recent United Nations report, while other brands, including H&M and Bestseller, say they will look into the situation.

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Philippine conference to look into business side of fashion

The PHx Fashion Conference, a designer-led fashion initiative, aims to provide a holistic, inspirational and informative experience for Filipino fashion practitioners and ultimately, to expand the market for Philippine fashion.

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