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Global Apparel Markets
Issue 22:
2nd Quarter 2013

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Talking strategy: Elgar Straub of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology discusses how investment for sustainability can help apparel manufacturers to reduce costs and improve efficiency
Global apparel markets: profiles of six leading US apparel retailers, 2nd quarter 2013 (22 pages)
Global apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 2nd quarter 2013 (8 pages)
Trade and trade policy: the world's leading clothing exporters and key markets, 2nd quarter 2013 (28 pages)
Global apparel markets: business update, 2nd quarter 2013 (29 pages)

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Talking strategy: Elgar Straub of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology discusses how investment for sustainability can help apparel manufacturers to reduce costs and improve efficiency
published in Issue 22, 2nd Quarter 2013  


Rising wages, production costs, logistics costs and energy costs are growing problems in the global apparel industry. Also, sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue as there is a growing need to conserve resources and improve efficiency. In a bid to reduce these costs, companies are developing machinery which is more efficient and reduces energy consumption. To keep pace with these developments, VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau eV -- German Engineering Federation) has developed the Blue Competence initiative, whereby manufacturers of sewing and clothing equipment can show that -- by means of constant innovation -- they can use energy more efficiently, conserve resources, reduce costs and increase productivity. In "Talking strategy" this quarter, the managing director of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology, Elgar Straub, discusses the issues affecting the European garment manufacturing industry. In particular, he explains how being sustainable is helping manufacturers to reduce costs and improve efficiency. He talks about the Blue Competence initiative and provides insight into how this is helping manufacturers in Europe to achieve a number of benefits.

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