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How Kitex Achieves Better Quality Through Better Technology

How Kitex Achieves Better Quality Through Better Technology

While India has built a reputation for being a technology center, one rarely thinks of it as a center for apparel or textile technology. Although many of the nation’s apparel producers are still driven by low cost manual labor, the industry leaders are looking to technology to boost efficiency and quality. One of the leaders in tech-driven manufacturing is Kitex Garment Limited, which produces more than 6 million garments annually.  The Kerala-based company specializes in ch...
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Bringing Mid-Tier Blouse Manufacturing to N. Vietnam

Bringing Mid-Tier Blouse Manufacturing to N. Vietnam

Vietnam is best known for manufacturing basic ranges of garments.  Even though in the South, around Ho Chi Minh City, factories are producing more sophisticated garments, most manufacturers are still focused on big volume orders of simpler styles. Kiara Garments, a state-of-the-art factory just two hours outside of Hanoi (in Nam Dinh province), is doing something different.   It specializes in making more complex mid-tier ladies tops and dresses.  Kiara is one of on...
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Getting a Foot In Africa

Getting a Foot In Africa

The fashion industry has suddenly shifted attention from Asia to Africa.  Even the most seasoned manufacturers and buyers are divided over whether Africa is going to be the next big thing or is simply the next bright, shiny object. There are solid cases for both points of view.  In our upcoming series, Inside Sourcing:  Out of Africa, Inside Fashion will be exploring the opportunities and obstacles that both buyers and manufacturers are experiencing, and sharing industry cons...
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Investments into Vietnam Starts to Slow Down

Investments into Vietnam Starts to Slow Down

After a record US$21.93 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first seven months of 2017, a 52 percent year-on-year surge and the highest growth rate since 2011, investment has started to taper off..  Noteworthy, is that of all the FDI pouring into the nation only US$0.75 billion went to the textile and garment industry, despite Vietnam attracting an increasing volume of apparel orders. Manufacturing and processing industries continued to be the top sector, receiving US$10.8...
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China Sees an Up Tick in Textile Exports – and Profits

The sun is once again shining on China’s textile sector. The industry that the nation was allegedly planning to abandon in favor of higher tech alternatives has proven that it not only provides jobs to millions of workers, it can also be financially profitable.China’s textile sector has clearly started to rebound this year. As a whole, industry profits rose 11.6 percent during to the first 6 month of 2017, according to report from the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC...
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China Mfg:  Moving Up and Moving Out

China Mfg: Moving Up and Moving Out

Chinese suppliers have come to realize that the only way out is up. Even the most volume-driven, mass-market suppliers have realized there is no future in making basic products in China. Increasingly, we see suppliers trying to upgrade their products and moving up the value in China, but now even in Southeast Asian countries as well.Today we see suppliers trying to add value or make a better version of their existing products in order to appeal to a higher market.Performance is one of the k...
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Indonesia Encourages Textile Industry with Relaxed Investment Regulations

Garment manufacturing is back in fashion, and getting increasing government support. After years of being sidelined, there’s renewed government support for Indonesia’s garment and textile industry. In the pre-WTO days, when quota still played a key role in determining where one sourced apparel, Indonesia was one of the leading Asian apparel exporters. When China joined the WTO, orders from around the region flowed into China and the nation’s industry has struggled to ...
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How Technical Innovation is Putting Nameson on Top

How Technical Innovation is Putting Nameson on Top

R&D investment is helping drive more interesting products at affordable prices. “Innovation is the key, it’s about new techniques not simply creating mood boards,” said Sing Li, executive director at Nameson.  “We are a manufacturer so it’s important for us to work on new developments in washes, garment construction and other techniques.”All markets remain tough and competition for orders is fierce so for a manufacturer to hold onto the business ...
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How Better Back End Systems Can Drive Better Profits

How Better Back End Systems Can Drive Better Profits

Shortening lead times is becoming increasingly critical, the challenge is how to do this – particularly when there’s a very complex and well entrenched legacy ‘infrastructure’ in place.
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Global Sources:  Upgrading is Becoming the Answer

Global Sources: Upgrading is Becoming the Answer

As the industry steadily shifts away from big volume orders, suppliers are increasingly facing the reality of the situation and are trying to find ways to be more flexible.At the recent Global Source Fashion exhibition (Hong Kong, April 27-30), about a third of the exhibitors displayed signage saying “Accept Small Orders”, hoping to attract those small to medium sized buyers who previously they would have shunned.Recognizing that for most companies selling online means selling on Ama...
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