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Chinese yarn and fabric producer considers Philippine investment

Chinese yarn and apparel fabric producer Texhong Textile Group is considering investing in a manufacturing facility in the Philippines, according to the country’s Department of Trade and Industry.

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Taiwan curtain maker plans to shift production from China

A Taiwan-based curtain manufacturer has revealed plans to expand in Cambodia to avoid the fallout from the current US-China trade dispute, reports the Taipei Times.

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UN calls for sanctions against firms owned by Myanmar military

The United Nations has called for targeted financial sanctions against a network of companies, including several clothing producers, owned by the military in Myanmar, which the UN says help carry out and finance nationwide human rights violations, including against Rohingya Muslims.

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Singapore investment in fibre recycling and regenerating technology

Singapore-based viscose producer RGE has joined a group of investors to help a Finnish fibre producer scale up its technology that turns cotton-rich textile waste and other pulp-based materials into regenerated cellulosic fibres.

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Asahi Kasei opens ASEAN regional headquarters

Asahi Kasei Asia, located in Bangkok, Thailand, has begun operating as Asahi Kasei’s regional headquarters for business in the ASEAN region.

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Initiative to promote safer working at Vietnamese apparel factories

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) has partnered with Dutch sustainable trade initiative IDH to launch the Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS), in a bid to protect workers in the apparel and footwear industry.

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Sportswear supplier to ‘move beyond Vietnam’

Taiwan-based Eclat Textile, a sportswear supplier to Nike and Lululemon Athletica, plans to invest in more facilities in Southeast Asia, as the company plans to “move beyond Vietnam” amid the global trade war, according to chairman and chief executive officer Hung Cheng-hai.

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Chinese firm plans to invest in cotton in Cambodia following tests

Chinese company Jiangsu Lianfa Textile plans to invest in cotton in the Pursat province of Cambodia to process fabrics and supply the country’s clothing factories, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Indonesia's export growth shows no sign of slowing

The textile industry was one of Indonesia’s largest earners of foreign exchange last year, with exports valued at US$13bn, a 5% increase compared with 2017.

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Report uncovers labour abuses in Malaysian clothing factories

An investigation into the working conditions at Malaysian clothing factories by a New York, USA-based non-governmental organisation has uncovered evidence that some workers manufacturing clothing for major retailers were working in conditions that included forced labour.

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