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Public listing for Vietnamese clothing maker

At the end of December, Binh Minh Garment placed more than 5.29m of its shares with a total value of VND52.9bn (US$2.3m) on Vietnam’s Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM).

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Cambodian clothing factory shuts amid mounting protests

A Phnom Penh clothing factory abruptly closed on 22 January amid mounting protests over the “temporary suspension” of some of its 1,400 workers (reports the Phnom Penh Post).

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Lenzing opens centre of excellence in Indonesia

Austria-based cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has opened the new Lenzing Center of Excellence at its Indonesian premises in Purwakarta.

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Lao clothing sector continues to face challenges

Clothing manufacturers in Laos are facing several problems including a shortage of labour, according to the Association of the Lao Garment Industry.

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In-store digital fashion platform opens in Malaysia

Malaysian apparel brand LOL has partnered with printing and imaging technologies company Brother International to launch the Cozmic Lab, an in-store platform that will allow customers to personalise the garments they want to purchase.

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Swiss textile producer to move production to Thailand

Switzerland-based embroidery company Bischoff Textil is to outsource production to Asia. The firm from St Gallen announced it is moving most of its production to Thailand and Sri Lanka as Switzerland has become too expensive for manufacturing and sale of high-quality embroidery and textiles.

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‘Major strides’ to reduce child labour in Cambodian clothing factories

While the United Nations says the incidence of child labour has fallen sharply in Cambodia’s clothing factories, many informal subcontractors using children are escaping scrutiny, according to activists.

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Malaysian clothing imports continue to surge

Malaysian clothing imports surged by 425% in the seven years to 2017, according to a report by Textiles Intelligence.

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Spanish entrepreneur transforms Philippine pineapple leaves into textiles

After 15 years in the leather goods sector, Dr Carmen Hijosa of Spain devised a material made from the filament of pineapple leaves, allowing her to launch an environmentally-friendly and innovative product.

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