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Bangladesh factories must continue to invest in sustainable garment industry, says GlobalData


Bangladesh must continue to invest in making their operations more sustainable if they hope to win business over other major competitor sourcing destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

In line with this, the country is looking to increase its garment exports from US$34bn in the financial year ending June 2019 to US$50bn in 2021.

In 2018, 67 factories had adopted the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which evaluates sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy, indoor environment and innovation. Eight were LEED- platinum certified. But with eco-credentials playing a greater role in how consumers today shop, more factories need to get on board. Hannah Abdulla, apparel correspondent at GlobalData, said: “Bangladesh factory owners are growing increasingly concerned

Glenmuir marks five-year agreement with Ryder Cup

lenmuir has agreed a historic five-year partnership with Ryder Cup Europe which brings its association to nearly 40 years. The Scottish golfwear brand will be the Official Licensee of the 2020, 2022 and 2024 matches and to celebrate the partnership the brand has launched the Official 2020 Ryder Cup collection. The collection is showcased and available online on Glenmuir’s website as well as the Official European 2020 Ryder Cup Shop. Glenmuir has embarked on a marketing campaign with video and


image content with #RyderCupReady on its Instagram account @glenmuir1891 to activate this partnership.

Mikhel Ruia, managing director, said: “Being part of this truly global sporting spectacle since 1987 is a great honour for Glenmuir. The Ryder Cup is the most treasured trophy in the game of golf and represents pride, passion and partnership. This ethos is aligned with Glenmuir’s own team values with everyone focused on crafting premium quality, functional and elegant products which are made using sustainable and renewable methods. We very much look forward to building upon the great past success of our Ryder Cup partnership as we embark on this next five-year chapter.”

Tom Johnson, Ryder Cup Europe head of marketing, added: “Ryder Cup Europe and Glenmuir have a long-standing association and we are delighted to extend this partnership across the next three Ryder Cups, offering fans the chance to purchase high quality products from the Official Ryder Cup collection.”

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they are losing business to competitor sourcing countries. Where buyers were previously concerned with

mass-produced, cheap goods, the focus is now on better quality and sustainably sourced (value-added) items. Green factories have an edge; this is what helps sets them apart from the competition.”

With Bangladesh looking to increase the investments, big changes need to be made to secure additional business from the higher-paying customer. Ms Abdulla continued: “While change

has happened at several factories, this needs to be scaled up. More factories need to get on board if Bangladesh is going to convince global players it remains a worthy contender in the readymade garment space. For the national industry to be viewed as one that is an environmentally-sustainable apparel sector with an international reputation for good practice, it needs to move beyond a minority of factories implementing sustainable measures.”

Polyconcept USA announces the acquisition of ETS Express

ETS Express, with headquarters in Oxnard, California, and an additional location in Concord, North Carolina, is the largest supplier of promotional drinkware in North America and is a recognised leader in product design and innovative decoration.


Polyconcept is the world’s largest multi-category supplier of promotional products with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide. The addition of ETS to the PCNA portfolio will extend its presence and leadership within drinkware, the fastest-growing category in the promotional products industry. Neil Ringel, CEO Group Polyconcept, said: “ETS’s demonstrated leadership in design and decoration creates exciting new opportunities for PCNA and our distributor partners. Its culture, values, and service philosophy are in strong alignment with our own.

“We welcome the addition of the ETS team and are excited to work together to ensure that this strategic alliance capitalizes on their leadership position while also ensuring that each of our individual brands remains highly differentiated in the marketplace.”

ETS will continue to operate independently out of its Oxnard headquarters and be led by current CEO Sharon Eyal, who will also join PCNA’s executive leadership team. All ETS operations, sales, and marketing will remain independent, enabling it to stay exclusively focused on the drinkware category.

Ms Eval added: “I have personally known the PCNA team for many years, and because they strongly share our commitment to service and excellence, I couldn’t be happier that they will be our partner

“This transaction is a testament to ETS’s employees and all that we’ve accomplished together over the last 34 years.”

olyconcept, the parent company to Polyconcept North America (PCNA), of which PF Concept International is also part, has acquired ETS Express.

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