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introduce a market diversification plan to help the country's dwindling textile share in the US market revive. "The commercial consular should speed up their efforts for seeking out new markets particularly in Latin America and the western coast of US so that the immense loss from Sandy could be overcome," said Ijaz Khokhar. Brecorder : Nov 01 ...

NOVEMBER 01 2012
Textile exports to US likely to take a hit
Pakistan is likely to suffer a loss of nearly 20 percent of its annual value
added textile exports to the US as the sea storm Sandy has plunged the key
business corridors of New York in its wake exporters said on Wednesday
They feared that their payments for textile exports maybe delayed from US
importers They said that the scale of destruction to the New York economy is
too big to allow retail businesses to normalize immediately
Pakistan s two key textile products including home textile and value added
garments will be badly impacted from the calamity in the US Chief Co
ordinator Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufactures and Exporters
Association Prgmea Ijaz Khokhar told Business Recorder
He said that the country s total annual exports of home textiles and
readymade garments stand for roughly 2 5 billion to the US of which New
York is the key buying hub of Pakistani products Chinese textiles will also
suffer from the calamity in the Atlantic he believed
The chief co ordinator of Prgmea said the hostile weather has forced the US
one of the key business hub for textile Broadway to shut down which has
sent a bad signal for Pakistani exporters
He pointed out that the stockpiled textile cargo at the US western harbours
and airports is believed to have been badly damaged by the storm He said
that the calamity has increased concerns for Pakistani exporters who have
delivered their cargo to their importers and fear a huge financial loss
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 2 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Those textile exporters who have shipped their products on credit are
expected to suffer more as payment from their importers may not reach them
because of the damage which the storm has caused the investors he voiced
Ijaz Khokhar said that Christmas sales may not take off at a usual pace this
year because of the public plight and their efforts to recover from the
calamity If they have anything left in their pockets they will first go for
rebuilding their damaged houses and not for buying textiles he said
The calamity will have far reaching effects on the individual businessman s
economy and similarly on the public he said adding that New York
businesses and life are not expected to return to normality soon He also
raised the apprehension whether the piled up textile cargo that has survived
the storm would be saleable in the US markets He added that the calamity
was likely to weaken public purchasing power
The leading textile exporter also urged the government to take steps to
introduce a market diversification plan to help the country s dwindling
textile share in the US market revive The commercial consular should speed
up their efforts for seeking out new markets particularly in Latin America
and the western coast of US so that the immense loss from Sandy could be
overcome said Ijaz Khokhar
Brecorder Nov 01 2012
A home for Egyptian textiles
CAIRO Every year millions of people visit our magnificent Pharaonic
temples and statues But do they have the opportunity to see the bed sheets
and pillows on which Queen Hatshepsut 1508 1458 BC slept or King
Tutankhamun s 1336 1327 BC royal kilt
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 3 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
These and other wonderful items can be found in the first specialist museum
for textiles in the Middle East the Egyptian Textile Museum located in
Moezz lidin Ellah St Islamic Cairo
The building is an architectural work of art built by Mohamed Ali Pasha in
1828 in remembrance of his dear son Ismail Pasha who had died in Sudan in
Firstly it was used as a charitable educational facility where children were
taught to read and write Later it became the Nahaseen Preparatory School
which closed because regrettably the condition of the building began to
deteriorate due to its age
But in 2000 when the Ministry of Culture kicked off its big Islamic Cairo
renovation project in the Gamaliya district the building was turned into a
museum solely for textiles from the Pharaonic era until today
Before Egypt was known worldwide for its cotton Egyptians coveted linen
and wool using these textiles for everything from clothing and bedding to
paying taxes with
Textiles were used by the ancient Egyptians throughout their lives
beginning in childhood and ending with their burial
In daily life they served many functions They were used for clothing
protecting people from the scorching summer heat and also keeping them
warm in the chilly winters
Household articles such as lamp wicks furnishings and covers were also
made from textiles They were sometimes used for bartering for other goods
Textiles also played an important role in the temple rituals They were
presented as offerings to the gods and goddesses During the mummification
process linen was used to pack the body It was also wrapped around the
deceased s body
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 4 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
This process was intended to preserve the body so that the deceased could
enjoy the afterlife as the Pharaohs believed
In the museum which was opened to the public in 2010 the first few rooms
are devoted to items from the Pharaonic era
They include a few linen shawls tunics and loin cloths along with
information on the typical fashions of ancient times
When you visit the museum you will be surprised by the variety of these
priceless treasures and also how elaborate they are The embroidery on the
shawls is stunning and you will also be very impressed by the display of
primitive bed linen
The section for the Graeco Roman period is a small one as according to
Sahar Ibrahim who works at the museum few items from this period
remain because the country s rulers lived in the coastal city of Alexandria
where the humidity and salt swiftly destroyed anything of value
There are also some early Coptic textiles on display As you can see for
yourself in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD clothing starts to become more
colourful with different yarns being woven into the fabric
On the second floor there are textiles from the later Coptic era 5th 6th and
7th centuries AD characterised by floral and geometric embroidery designs
Then comes the Islamic era starting with the Ummayids and their beautiful
Arabic calligraphy
As you continue round the second floor the beautiful collection of clothing
and decorative textiles becomes more impressive and ornate with a brief
stop at the politically volatile years of Mamluke rule
There is a unique gift presented by Mohamed Ali Pasha to his daughter
Zeinab on the occasion of her wedding
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 5 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
It is a prayer carpet made of red silk embroidered with gilded silver
threads representing floral designs in the style of Rococo and Baroque which
had appeared in Europe in the 18th century
This carpet was not used for praying but was hung as decoration on the
wall The lighting in the building is deliberately kept subdued to protect its
treasures while the whole museum is temperature and humidity
controlled You can also watch videos about the work that was done to
renovate this beautiful building
Each room has pillars and or sections of the walls plastered with historical
facts about the contents of the room in both Arabic and English
Don t miss the most magnificent textile in the museum a massive kiswa
cover for the holy Kaaba in Mecca Until about fifty years ago Egypt made
a new kiswa every year which it presented to Saudi Arabia as a gift in the
run up to the Hajj Major Pilgrimage
The kiswa in the museum is a splendid oblong cover made of blue silk and
decorated with botanical designs and Qura nic verses knitted in gilded yarn
It was made in 1942 as per the orders of King Farouq of Egypt as the knitting
The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm
The Egyptian Gazette Oct 31 2012
NCTO hails US decision on WTO Chinese textile subsidy case
The National Council of Textile Organizations NCTO President Cass
Johnson praised the decision by the United States government to join the
consultations between Mexico and China regarding Chinese textile
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 6 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
We are pleased that the U S is joining the consultations on this very
important case For decades large and comprehensive subsidies by the
Chinese government have prevented free and fair markets from operating in
world trade in textiles and apparel These subsidies have directly
contributed to the loss of hundreds of thousands of U S textile workers The
landmark case by the government of Mexico exposes the Chinese
government intervention for exactly what it is a mercantilist state guided
effort to control one of the world s largest manufacturing sectors
Over the last eleven years imports of Chinese textile and apparel products
have increased by 523 percent or 34 billion and now total nearly 41 billion
Chinese market share increased from 10 to 40 percent During the same
period of time 379 000 U S textile jobs were lost as trade shifted out of the
Western Hemisphere Textile and apparel producers in Mexico Central
America and the Andean regions lost hundreds of thousands of
manufacturing jobs as well
The U S government decision to join the consultations sends a strong signal
of support to the government of Mexico in this important case
Fibre2fashion Nov 01 2012
Progress on zero toxic textile chemicals
LONDON Leading apparel brands involved in the road map to zero
discharge of hazardous textile chemicals in their supply chains by 2020 have
reported strong progress after the most recent meeting in Portland Oregon
Latest initiatives include plans for new pilot studies in China Vietnam and
Taiwan and the setting of a timeline next year for the phase out of C8
fluorine based chemistry commonly used in water and stain repellant
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 7 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
The nine leading textile and clothing brands and retailers who have together
signed up to the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals across their supply
chains by 2020 have said they are well underway to achieve the firm
foundational steps to meet their ambitious goals
The brands which include sportswear giants Puma Nike adidas and Li
Ning along with H M C A G Star Raw Levi Strauss and latterly Marks
Spencer also revealed they will publish a new iteration of the road map next
year Beyond our extensive research and pilot project efforts this quarter we
are also already planning next steps for the iteration of the Joint Roadmap
scheduled with a firm publishing deadline of no later than May 2013 the
Group said in a statement
Recent progress from the Group includes the creation of two benchmarking
teams sports and fashion which reported back on whether 9 classes of
chemicals were present in waste water discharge and or sludge using on site
visits and audits inventories and analytics at pilot projects in India and
Bangladesh Although the outcomes were not disclosed at this time the
Group says it does plans to publish a report of its 2012 results
Work was also undertaken to evaluate the commercially available repellent
technologies not associated with PFOA and PFOS that meet the widely
different performance requirements demanded by consumers In the last
three months the Group says it has now produced a research report on long
chain fluorine chemistry and confirms By the end of the 4th quarter 2012
we will confirm or set a timeline for the phase out of C8 Chemistry It will
also be conducting additional research into PFC free solutions to understand
what is realistic
In terms of chemical inventory and disclosure the Group acknowledges that
this will be a challenge and one we hope to achieve working together with
the chemical industry
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 8 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Nevertheless a draft chemical hazard screening tool approach guidance has
been developed in conjunction with input from industry government and
NGO technical representatives This guidance was in turn used to create a
request for proposal RFP which will be used to secure services to rank
approximately 50 chemicals in a pilot scale test of the guidance
Ecotextiles Nov 01 2012
Korea Shrinking Apparel Sector Dooms Textile Output to another Annual
A modest improvement in overall Korean industrial activity did little to ease
a streak of declines in domestic textile and apparel manufacturing
suggesting both industrial sub sectors are likely to shrink this year Statistics
Korea is reporting overall industrial production in September rose 0 7 from
a year earlier in line with expectations and indicative of stalling growth
across the economy Apparel manufacturing clearly hindered overall factory
output last month plunging 13 2 from a year earlier the biggest drop in
more than three years In fact September s loss marks the seventh straight
year over year decline the longest streak of erosion in more than eight
years And at an indexed volume of 129 2 2005 100 Korean garment output
shrank to the lowest September in five years
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 9 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Along with erosion in yarn and thread exports 1 weakness in domestic
apparel output naturally is weighing on textile manufacturing September
production of textiles was off 3 7 from a year earlier the fifteenth year
over year decline in the last sixteen months Volume of just 87 9 2005 100
stands as the lowest September in 36 years another indicator of weakness in
the sector this year Indeed textile output over the first nine months of 2012 is
off 3 4 from the same period last year closely tracking the 3 9
contraction in cumulative garment manufacturing compared to the
corresponding period in 2011 With Korea s currency now at a thirteen
month high textile exports are likely to remain under pressure strongly
suggesting textile output will decline again in 2012 If so annual output by
the sector will fade for the sixteenth time in the last two decades making it
difficult to justify USDA prospects for cotton use to climb to an eight year
high this marketing year
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 10 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Globecot news Oct 31 2012
Centre should have open policy on exports Maha Chief Minister
Mumbai Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday said the
Centre should adopt an open policy on exports
Speaking at a textile industry awards function Chavan said If the export of
cotton is banned then it affects the cotton growers If we have open policy
on exports similar to one adopted for imports it will benefit the farmers
The function was also attended by senior NCP leader and former Deputy
Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Chavan and Pawar were seen together in public
for the first time after Pawar resigned from the ministry recently
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 11 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
The new textile policy announced by the state government would create jobs
for eleven lakh people in the long run he said Investment of Rs 40 000 crore
was expected in the textile projects
About 263 textile projects are coming to the state an investment of Rs 2 000
crore is expected from them and as many as 18 000 people will get jobs in
near future he added
Maharashtra ranks second in production of cotton However very little
cotton processing is done in the state 80 per cent cotton goes to other states
like Gujarat and Tamil Nadu thus benefiting them Chavan said
zeenews india com Oct 31 2012
After denim Nandan Exim plans expansion in spinning
Having begun expansion of its denim manufacturing capacity from 60
million metres to 100 million metres per annum Ahmedabad based Nandan
Exim Limited is now set to expand its spinning capacity After Arvind
Limited Nandan Exim the denim arm of textile conglomerate Chiripal
Group is set to become the second largest denim maker in India post
Refusing to divulge investment details Vedprakash Chiripal chairman
Nandan Exim Ltd said Now that we have begun expanding our denim
manufacturing capacity we are planning to consolidate our backward
integration For this we are planning to expand our spinning capacity by
adding another 200 000 300 000 spindles soon
However for its 100 million metres per annum denim capacity expansion
the company is investing around Rs 261 crore of which Rs 175 crore have
already been tied up Currently in India Arvind Limited has the largest
denim fabric manufacturing capacity of 110 million metres per annum
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 12 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
According to Deepak Chiripal chief executive officer of Nandan Exim
Limited once the denim manufacturing capacity expansion is completed by
2013 14 the company would be able to peg a turnover of Rs 1 000 crore For
the current fiscal of 2012 13 Nandan Exim is expecting a turnover of Rs 750
Meanwhile the company announced that its net profit for the second quarter
of the current fiscal 2012 13 grew by six per cent at Rs 8 05 crore from Rs 7 60
crore in the corresponding period last year The company s revenue for Q2 of
FY 13 however grew by 21 per cent at Rs 180 43 crore up from Rs 149 10
crore in the corresponding period last year
For the half year ended September 30 2012 the company posted a net profit
rise of 14 per cent at Rs 14 60 crore as against Rs 12 79 crore in the
corresponding period previous year In terms of revenue Nandan Exim saw
an increase of 26 per cent from Rs 280 37 crore in the corresponding half of
FY 2011 12 to Rs 354 35 crore for half year ended September 30 2012
Commenting on the results Vedprakash Chiripal said The company has
once again outperformed in the Indian textile and denim industry The
company has created its own niche in the Indian market and is continuously
embarking upon the opportunities in the export markets also During first
half year of FY 13 the company had an export turnover of Rs 40 crore and
has export orders on hand worth Rs 50 crore for third quarter of FY 13 With
the best practices followed in the company Nandan Exim does look forward
to contribute significantly to the growth of the Indian economy
Business Standard Nov 01 2012
Brandot looking for newer opportunities in India
Brandot International a U S based investment company that specialises in
joint venture partnerships in the textile and clothing sector is open to more
investment opportunities in India
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 13 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Martin Trust President of Brandot International who was here recently
visiting KPR Mill told The Hindu that it had invested 40 million to 50
million in three textile and clothing manufacturing facilities in India We are
always looking for additional opportunities and we are continuing to
invest he said
Joint ventures
Brandot had joint ventures in 15 companies in nine countries It had invested
in two facilities in Bangladesh recently for manufacture of apparel and
I think for us the focus is on apparel We will continue to look for
opportunities in capital improvement in this segment he said
The sector was developing rapidly in Bangladesh However if the proposed
free trade agreement between India and the European Union took off it
would change the scenario for the textile domain in India
For Brandot social compliances at the manufacturing facilities it invested in
are important We are dealing with world class brands We pay a lot of
attention to these in the factories that we are in said Mr Trust For instance
mills such as KPR were exceptionally good on these issues
The textile domain was expected to pick up in another 18 months or less
especially in the manufacturing countries he said
Business Line Nov 01 2012
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 14 of 22
NOVEMBER 01 2012
Textile mills plan to set up base in western states
Currently the state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra are holding
roadshows to attract mills in Tamil Nadu
Shyam Indofab a Punjab based textile mill is considering setting up a facility
in Maharashtra s cotton rich Vidarbha region Managing Director Sanjay
Gupta says The policy and incentives offered by this western state are
attractive He adds the mill in Maharashtra would not just have spinning
facilities but knitting and processing units as well
On the condition of anonymity another mill owner from Tamil Nadu said he
was looking at setting up a mill either in Maharashtra or in Gujarat as the
incentives offered in these states were good Also the cost to transport raw
cotton would be reduced
These are not isolated cases Several textile mills from the northern and
southern parts of the country are now looking at expanding their capacity in
western states such as Maharashtra and Gujarat Apart from the availability
of cotton and the various incentives offered by these states severe power
shortage in the north and the south is another factor behind mills looking
westward Mills in the South regularly face power cuts Sometimes these last
for up to 16 hours a day severely hitting productivity
12 5 Interest subsidy offered to mills by Maharashtra
10 Capital subsidy to cotton growing regions in Maharashtra
7 Interest subsidy offered by Gujarat to mills keen to set up base
in the state
Gujarat is refunding VAT on new units as well as expansion of
existing ones for textiles and readymade garments It offers
concessions in power rates for new cotton spinning and weaving
I n f o r m a t i o n B u r e a u T E X P R O C I L Page 15 of 22

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