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Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), India’s largest quality vocational training provider for the apparel industry, has signed an agreement with Groz Beckert Asia to launch the CSR initiative for vocational training at ATDC Chandigarh. Groz Beckert is world’s leading provider of industrial needles, precision components for the production of textiles.

In a recent panel discussion held at Las Vegas, eminent textile professionals and experts from Vietnam insisted that Vietnam is still a key player when it comes to global apparel and textile production sourcing. They however, expressed disappointment that the US has withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). “Though this has impacted the annual rate of growth for the country, we are still notches above the rest and in second spot for apparels and textiles,” they opined.

Textile, one of the oldest industries in the Indian economy dating back several centuries, is witnessing huge FDI inflows, according to Investment India, an initiative of the Centre to attract FDI. Increasing FDI is a reason to cheer for the sector which currently contributes about 14% to industrial production, 4% to GDP, and 17% to the country’s export earnings, according to the Annual Report 2016-17 of the Ministry of Textiles.

At the Karachi Cotton Exchange on Tuesday, trading remain active while spot rates fell Rs50/maund to Rs6,250/maund (37.324kg) and Rs6,698/40kg. Ex-Karachi rates also dropped to Rs6,395/maund and Rs6,853/40kg after an addition of Rs145 and Rs155 as upcountry expenses, respectively.

Scientists of Gujarat-based Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI) have helped textile processing units of Tirupur, India’s textile valley set up the State’s first common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Chinnakarai making Tirupur textile dyeing units environmentally sustainable and achieve zero liquid discharge.

An Atlanta-based robotic sewing company, SoftWear Automation will be collaborating with Fashion for Good, a global initiative through Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme to facilitate change that is accessible, affordable and attractive for all. They will work together to encourage the widespread use of fully automated Sewbot worklines for T-shirts and apparel, footwear and home goods.