Thousands of textile workers have returned to work in factories
in Bangladesh amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, raising
fears of an increase in the spread of the contagion. Factories
in the capital Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong reopened
after being permitted to resume work.
Bangladesh commerce minister Tipu Munshi has called on the
British government to intervene to prevent mass factory closures
in the region. Canceled orders and closed factories amid the
coronavirus pandemic have plunged Bangladesh’s clothing
manufacturing industry into chaos.
Cambodia government instructs RMG factories to resume operation.
Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia, urged retailers and fashion
brands, partners to stay committed to Cambodia and especially to
The Indian Ministry has taken steps to ensure that only
certified players across the entire supply chain are allowed to
supply body coveralls to governments. India has become the
world’s second-largest manufacturer of personal protective
equipment (PPE) body coveralls within a short period of two
According to CAI officials, Indian cotton prices have come down
by 12-15% due to the ongoing lockdown and fears that the
country’s cotton consumption will reduce, resulting in more
carry-forward stocks by September 2020.
ACIMIT has announced that during the first quarter of 2020, the
orders intake of Italian textile machinery has registered a
sharp drop. The ongoing pandemic has impacted heavily on the
Italian textile sector and its consequences will be more
negative in the second quarter.
Japanese medium-sized firms in a variety of sectors are
exploring their technologies and know-how to produce
high-quality, washable masks to meet the rising demand for such
items amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moroccan face masks have made their way into Europe, with a
total of 16 companies starting to export reusable protective
equipment to Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. Morocco also
boasts 73 units and cooperatives that manufacture washable and
Sri Lankan Board of Investment (BOI) has informed that the
country attracted over $500 million worth of orders for the
production of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Director-General Sanjaya Mohottala has expressed confidence that
the value will top $1 billion in the future.
American Apparel Inc. has decided to shift its operations to the
production of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the
COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier American Apparel witnessed a 26%
sales drop in Q1 due to the lockdown.