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The Gillard government will invest $3.7 million (GST exclusive) to support four new projects to enhance the competitiveness of Australia's Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) sector. New projects -including developing a material for curtains that absorbs noise while letting in sunlight, and a centre of excellence for digital printing -will be supported by the TCF Strategic Capability Program.


Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said garment industry can save at least $150 million a year by introducing an environment friendly production methods. Cleaner production will also make the industry more competitive in the global market.


According to Polyester Chain Report 2012, Global capacities for polyester fiber reached 20.7 million tonnes a year by the end of 2011, where capacity increase for the year was 2.66 million tonnes. China was the main contributor to capacity expansion in 2011 and also the most important supplier of polyester fibers. In 2011, China has added 2.22 million tonnes of polyester fibre capacity taking its total capacity to 12.68 million tonnes a year. Total production capacity of polyester filament industry increased 5.4 million tonnes in 2011, as polyester manufacturer in 2010 earned enough and developed a strong will to expansion the capacity.


Annually exports about US$ 7.6 billion worth of clothing items to the United States. If the country maintains its present growth rate, its exports would touch US$ 13 billion by 2020. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would sharply increase the exports to US$ 22 billion, said Le Quoc An, Senior Advisor to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS).


Government of India under Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS) provides interim relief to the textile workers rendered unemployed as a consequence of permanent closure of any particular portion or entire textile unit in the private sector. Assistance under the Scheme is payable to eligible workers after the mill is formally closed for the purpose of enabling them to settle in another employment. The Scheme is not applicable to Public Sector employees. The Scheme is applicable to whole of the country including the State of Rajasthan.


With the current year, Indian cotton crop estimated as lower than projected figures, Gujarat-based ginning mills have been forced to rely on other state for their raw material. Currently, out of total cotton arrivals for ginning, almost 50% cotton has come from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and other cotton producing state.


he government of Tripura (India) is making great efforts to increase silk production through adaptation of modern techniques. Eight automatic machines brought from Karnataka have been installed in the unit which will produce over 500 silk sarees per month. The state government plans to increase the total area under mulberry cultivation from 1,821 hectares to 4,000 hectares. This will increase raw silk production from present 31 tonnes to 100 tonnes by 2015.


Myanmar exports to the EU amounted to 169 million in 2011, which is approximately 3% of the country's total exports and 0.01% of the EU's total imports.


Textile exports from Peru are expected to reach US$ 2.1 billion. The exports in units will show a slight increase compared to a year earlier, when 200 million units were exported, however, it will not sur-pass the figures recorded in 2007 and 2008. This is driven by the increase in international cotton prices between 2010 and 2011 and because enterprises found new market niches. Garment exports of small-sized enterprises accounted for 18.9% in 2008, a 47% increase compared to 2011.


The US and European

Commission (EC) at separate meetings with Bangladesh leaders of country's apparel makers pressed for trade union rights and ensuring adequate safety measures in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector.

Diplomats of the US and EU met the BGMEA leaders following the recent devastating fire incident at Tazreen Fashions Ltd which claimed at least 112 workers and injured several others.


The Vietnam's textile and garment sector achieved a trade surplus of US$5.3 billion in the first eight months of 2012, a year-on-year increase of 24%. According to the Vietnam Textile and Garment Association (VITAS), in the first eight months of the year, the sector achieved an export turnover of $10.8 billion, an increase of 6% compared with the same period last year. This sector is expected to reach its 2012 targets of attaining an export turnover of $15 billion earlier this year.
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Publication:Pakistan Textile Journal
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Date:Feb 28, 2013
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