North China cotton mills suspended output

China is the world's top textile exporter, and  due to smog that has blanketed the north of the country, the cotton mills have stopped buying raw cotton and have suspended output in Hebei and parts of Shandong. These two Chinese provinces are major growing regions for the fibre, according to a report by, a government-backed trade website.

The report said that cotton processing in parts of Hebei, one of the nation's most polluted provinces may be affected. The shutdowns come as more than more than 40 cities in China's northeast have issued pollution warnings. For many cities, that means shutting factories, closing schools, recommending residents stay indoors and curbing traffic and construction work.


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