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China remains the number 1

China is the most important exporter of ready-made garments to Germany. China. Despite the significant reduction in the order volume, China will remain the most important sourcing market for apparel for Germany. These findings are also published by studies issued by ‘Kurt Salmon’ and McKinsey or the Commerzbank. According to the German Statistical Office, apparel imports from China reached a volume of 7.9 Billion Euro in 2013. Since 2011, the total volume has steadily decreased from 8.9 Billion. All experts agree that the decisive factor for the latter development is the increase in costs for doing sourcing in China. According to Kurt Salmon, costs increased by 160% since 2005, reaching a level comparable with that of some European manufacturing destinations. A great many manufacturers are now serving the increasing demand of the domestic market. Moreover, shortage of labour in the traditional coastal regions is a problem. This is why production units move inland.

Other countries are benefiting. German companies move parts of their portfolio to other Asian countries and thus adapt the ‘China+1-Strategy’. Bangladesh is the fatest growing supplier of ready-made apparel for Germany. Within 20 years – from 2003 to 2013 – exports to Germany increased from 747 Million Euro to 3.4 Billion Euro. Between 2010 and 2013, the increase reached a total volume of 1.3 Billion Euro. Most products are imported by trade companies. However, following the dreadful events in Bangladesh, public pressure is building up to establish responsible conditions as regards safety and ecology. Vietnam too could increase its exports to Germany from 590 Million Euro in 2011 to 653 Million Euro in 2013. ... read more





Cotton LEADS™ embraced by global textile supply chain

Just two months after its launch, the Cotton LEADS™ program continues to gain momentum along the global textile supply chain. To date, fifty-fourtextile companies - suppliers to some of the world’s most recognizable apparel brands - have formally acknowledged the merits of Cotton LEADS™ cotton and now include it within their sustainable sourcing guidelines. Among the well-known companies that have become members of the Cotton LEADS™ program, which emphasizes the responsible growing practices of cotton growers in the U.S. and Australia, are: Fruit of the Loom; Central Textiles; Tuscarora Yarns; Mount Vernon Mills; and the Esquel Group.

Fruit of the Loom was one of the first companies to sign on to the Cotton LEADS™ program. Tony Pelaski, the brand’s Chief Operating Officer, notes, “Fruit of the Loom continues to strive for the highest level of corporate responsibility in our supply chain. As a member of Cotton LEADS™, we are assuring consumers of our commitment to sustainability and traceability in the cotton we usein our products."

Cotton LEADS™ is committed to continuous improvement in farm production practices, environmental stewardship and the dissemination of best practices information broadly throughout the world’s cotton producing countries. The Cotton LEADS™ program emphasizes the environmental gains achieved at a national level within the two current member nations, as well as the national oversight and national capabilities of the cotton industries in the U.S. and Australia. Combined, Cotton LEADS™ cotton accounts for roughly 17% of global production. Cotton LEADS™ helps assure a ready supply of responsibly-grown cotton to a textile industry that is increasingly interested in sustainable and traceable production practices, as well as commitments to ongoing improvement.

Source: CNTEX




Children bring Christmas to China


While most Chinese still regard Christmas as a foreign flight of fancy, the commercial trappings of what many Westerners view as the most magical time of the year are inexorably gaining traction among the country's growing middle class - often through their offspring.

"My boy told me he has written a letter to Santa asking for a Hot Wheels toy car, which he really wants," says He Jiajing. "The reason is that Hot Wheels can't break easily," she adds.

At just 6 years of age, her son Zhao Junxi is already fed up with settling for second best, or local products marked by lower standards of workmanship.

Whether it be foreigners who are paid to dress up like Santa at bazaars and malls, gift-wrapped Transformer toys and cotton-candy sets, or overpriced turkeys for home delivery, it's becoming harder to escape the signs of Yuletide in cities across the country.

China became the world's second-largest retail market for traditional toys and games last year, according to Euromonitor, and as the government loosens controls on its longstanding family planning policy, the market is likely to keep growing. ... read more

Source: Chinadaily via CNTEX




Top 10 men's suits brands in terms of sales volume In August

In August 2013, the top 10 men's suits brands in the 16 mid-to-high range department stores participated in the statistics, six of them decreased in men's suits sales volume. this 10 brands accounted for 46.06% of the overall men's suits sales volume in the 16 mid-to-high range department stores.

Jack & Jones decreased by 2.59% month-on-month in sales volume, accounted for 16.52% of market share, claiming the 1st. Selected and Youngor took the 2nd and 3rd places in sales volume. Their sales volume decreased greatly. Their market shares were 7.68% and 4.28%. The rest brands' market shares were between 2.3% and 3.1%

Source: CNTEX




China's PMI eases to 3-month low: HSBC

A female Chinese worker handles production of yarn to be exported to South Korea at a textile factory in Huaibei , Anhui province, Nov 21 2013. [Photo/icpress]


BEIJING -- China's manufacturing activity expanded in December, but growth slowed to a three-month low, according to HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index (PMI) released on Monday.

The HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for December eased to 50.5, compared to 50.8 in November and 50.9 in October. However, the figure still remained above the boom-bust line of 50, HSBC said in a report.

Growth in the new order and new export order sub-indices increased at a faster pace, while employment decreased at a faster rate compared with the preceding month, it said.

According to Qu Hongbin, chief China economist with HSBC, the December HSBC flash manufacturing PMI reading slowed marginally from November's final reading, but stands above the average reading for the third quarter, "implying that the recove-

ring trend of the manufacturing sector starting from July still holds up."

"We expect China's GDP growth to stabilize at around 7.8 percent in the fourth quarter," Qu said.

After the release of the data, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.43 percent to end the morning session at 2,164.75. The Shenzhen Component Index declined 1.53 percent to close at 8,301.11.

Source: Xinhua via CNTEX




Egypt’s cotton exports dip 38.8% in June-August’13

The exports of cotton from Egypt decreased by 38.8 percent during June-August 2013 period, according to the data from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

Egypt exported 91,600 quintal of cotton during the three-month period compared to exports of 149,500 quintal made during the same period last year, CAPMAS said in its quarterly newsletter for the fourth quarter of the 2012-13 agricultural year. CAPMAS attributed the drop in cotton exports to a decrease in amount of ginned cotton during the season.

According to the quarterly bulletin, the amount of ginned cotton reached 19,200 quintal during June-August 2013, as against 318,900 quintal of ginned cotton during the same period of the previous season, registering a decline of 94 percent.

CAPMAS attributed this substantial decline to the decrease in the area under cotton cultivation, which dipped by 35.9 percent to 333,000 acres (1in 2011-12 agricultural season compared to 520,000 acres in 2010-11 agricultural season.

Source: fiberfashion via CNTEX




Fudan University develops stretchable fiber super-capacitors


Professor Peng Huisheng and his colleagues from Fudan University have developed super-capacitors - devices that store electric charge - in the form of highly stretchable fibers, which can be woven into textiles.

It's hailed as the first truly wearable electronics in the world. And the research result has been published in Nature magazine in the United States and Angewandte Chemie magazine in Germany. Angewandte Chemie means applied chemistry.

Wearable electronics require stretchy components, but such parts are often flat sheets, which limits their ability to be incorporated into fabrics. And the supercapacitors developed by Fudan University can be curved, folded and extended.

The super-capacitors can maintain their function when extended by up to 75 percent.

Source: CNTEX




Handmade cloth shoes


"The feet firstly get old as the human body gets old, thus, healthcare should start from one's feet." The handmade cloth shoes are characterized by ventilation, strong absorption of perspiration and enhanced extensibility and adaptability of the feet for surroundings to maintain healthcare from the feet to other body parts.

The cat head shoes, also known as tiger cat shoes, embody Chinese traditional needlework. The shoes vividly resemble cat and tiger heads to indicate good luck, wealth and rank. The soft texture is helpful for the healthcare of children's feet.

Source: CNTEX




Top 10 department stores in terms of sales In August

In August 2013, the 16 mid-to-high range department stores participated in the statistics, three of them decreased in sales value of men's suits. Compared with last month, overall sales value dropped by 3.29%. And, this 10 department stores accounting for 93.3% of the overall men's suits sales in the 16 mid-to-high range department stores.

Wangfujing department store continued to hold the first place, its men's suits sales value was CNY 3.35 million, increased by 25.16% month-on-month. Zihexin department store ranked the second, its men's suits sales value was CNY 1.69 million, decreased by 23.66% month-on-month. Shuang'an department store and Cuiwei building claimed the third and the fourth, their men's suits sales were CNY 1.64 million and CNY 1.42 million, achieved great growths. Men's suits sales value in the fifth to the seventh department stores were between CNY 0.91 million and CNY 0.96 million. Men's suits sales value in the rest department stores were less than CNY 0.4 million. Among them, Blue island mansion and Xinhaiyuntong department store entered the top ten.

Source: CNTEX

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