A worker at PT Moriuchi textile factory in West Java, Indonesia. Indonesia aims to be one of the world’s top five textile and apparel producers by 2030. Photo: James Wendlinger

US-China trade war accelerates apparel factories’ shift from China to Southeast Asia and Bangladesh

  • Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Crocs and Uniqlo have moved their production out of China as costs rise and nation moves up value chain
  • As others follow, Vietnam is first choice for footwear, Bangladesh has a skilled workforce, Indonesia is modernising factories, and Cambodia is also a player
Topic |   Fashion

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A worker at PT Moriuchi textile factory in West Java, Indonesia. Indonesia aims to be one of the world’s top five textile and apparel producers by 2030. Photo: James Wendlinger
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Indonesia has embarked on an ambitious push to be a global halal hub. It had planned to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services from October, but has delayed the measure. Illustration: Perry Tse

Everything halal: consumer goods makers exploit Indonesian push for products that satisfy Islamic law, selling ‘halal fridges’ and ‘halal cat food’

  • Islamic law only covers the preparation of food, drinks and cosmetics, but many other goods are marketed to Indonesian Muslims as halal
  • The country’s government recently tried to rush in a law requiring halal certification for all consumer goods and services; for now this remains voluntary
Topic |   Indonesia

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Indonesia has embarked on an ambitious push to be a global halal hub. It had planned to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services from October, but has delayed the measure. Illustration: Perry Tse
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