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Texprocess Americas, Techtextil North America, and SPESA Tailgate Party
The third edition of Texprocess Americas, formerly SPESA EXPO, is the largest North American trade show displaying Equipment and Technology for the Development, Sourcing and Production of Sewn Products.
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California Minimum Wage Hike Hits L.A. Apparel Industry: 'The Exodus Has Begun'
Los Angeles was once the epicenter of apparel manufacturing, attracting buyers from across the world to its clothing factories, sample rooms and design studios. But over the years, cheap overseas labor lured many apparel makers to outsource to foreign competitors in far-flung places such as China and Vietnam.
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SPESA

California Clothing Manufacturers Fleeing Minimum Wage Hike
A fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage is coming to California, so break out the champagne and let's get this party started! Unless you work in the apparel manufacturing industry, that is, in which case you may want to start looking for some cheaper drinks since you'll likely be out of a job soon.
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Ousted American Apparel Founder Plans Next Act
Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, is eyeing South-Central Los Angeles as the site of his new apparel company. Charney, who was ousted from American Apparel in 2014, said downtown Los Angeles has become too expensive to start a business. He said he'd rather be in a place with more diversity and creative energy anyways.
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China Eliminates Subsidies for its Exporters
China has agreed to eliminate a wide range of subsidies for its exporters following a US complaint to the World Trade Organization. The move came in a bilateral agreement between the two governments, ending a dispute that had lasted more than a year.
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NCTO Welcomes U.S.-China MOU to Terminate Chinese Export Subsidies
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the announcement of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the United States and China with respect to an agreement by China to terminate export subsidies under its "Demonstration Bases-Common Services Platform".
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China Agrees to Eliminate Export Subsidies
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said China signed an agreement with the U.S. to end export subsidies, which—to borrow from the government's favorite trade-related buzzphrase—will level the playing field for American makers.
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E-Textiles May Help Boost Your Cellphone Reception
Wearable technology is becoming more ubiquitous. Fitbit wearers continuously check how many steps they've taken each day, researchers are designing wearables that monitor what one eats, and everyone can play secret agent by taking a phone call with their smartwatch.
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Gerber Launches OMEGA 6.0: Faster, Easier and More Powerful
Gerber Technology, a worldwide leader in sign making and specialty graphics systems, is proud to introduce Gerber OMEGA™ 6.0: an upgrade which builds on the work- and time-saving design and output applications of earlier OMEGA software releases.
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Texprocess Launches Own Pavilion at Techtextil India
Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials, launches a Texprocess Pavilion at Techtextil India in Mumbai, from 13 to 15 September 2017. For the first time, international exhibitors of garment-manufacturing and textile processing technologies will have the opportunity to present their innovations under the Texprocess brand in India.
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National Council of Textile Organizations Welcomes RFT-MII Announcement
The U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) was selected to lead the Revolutionary Fibers & Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII).
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