The US clothing industry is reeling after US President Donald Trump went ahead with his threat to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, while the retail sector has called the move a "self inflicted wound on the nation's economy".
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a joint venture between chemical giant DuPont and ingredients maker Tate & Lyle to replace petrochemicals in the making of apparel and textile fibres, is expanding its Tennessee manufacturing facility to increase production of bio-based 1,3-propanediol.
An 'Americas Pavilion' with a focus on Latin America is to form the centrepiece of this year's Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show - the first US-staged edition of the international Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) portfolio.
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The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have signed a revised version of the multilateral trade pact without the US, reviving a deal that will slash tariffs and foster trade in a marketplace worth close to around US$13.5trn.
February proved a positive month for the majority of US apparel retailers still reporting their monthly comparable sales, although The Buckle reverted to its negative trend after a surprise uptick last month.
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers (AFMA) are to merge their respective organisations in a move aimed at strengthening the industry's ability to influence federal policy.
The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is to pilot an educational platform for students in a bid to equip youngsters with the new skill sets required to manufacture advanced functional fabrics.
A "particularly strong" performance in womenswear led The John Lewis Partnership to a 3.2% sales increase in its fashion division for the full year but it was not enough to offset a 77% drop in group earnings.