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After a brief period of decline in textile and apparel exports, including handicraft exports, every month beginning May, June, July and October 2017, there is a turnaround in India’s textile and apparel exports, in November 2017. There has been a spurt in export of handloom products, readymade garments, cotton, silk and jute products, and carpets.

Bangladesh imports 46 percent of natural fibre from India spending about $3 billion a year for local consumption. With the sudden cancellation of shipment of 400,000 bales of cotton by Indian traders, after a rally in domestic prices and the rising rupee, the Bangladeshi yarn makers will be negatively affected which could deal a blow to apparel exports, said the industry insiders.

Slow trading activity witnessed at the cotton market with prices remaining steady in the midst of short supply of quality lint which is the current major issue with rising demand from textile industry.

The Tiruchirapalli District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (TIDITSSIA) who had pitched for the mini textile park, a hub for minor readymade manufacturing units has been shown a few locations in Manapparai area for establishment of a mini textile park (MTP) with substantial government subsidy.

Algeria’s Industry and Mines Minister Youcef Yousfi inaugurated Africa’s largest textile production facility, named “TAYAL SPA”, in the northwestern Algerian province of Relizance. The textile facility is the result of Turkish-Algerian joint venture which will eventually come at a total cost of $1.5 billion.

Egypt plans to set up the biggest city for textiles and clothing on a land space of 3.1 million cubic meters in Al-Sadat city. Egypt’s Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade Tarek Kabil in the presence of President AbdelFatah al-Sisi during his visit to Al-Sadat city announced the start of the building procedures of the city.