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The NSW Government has launched a new strategy to transform NSW into a global leader in advanced manufacturing. The NSW Advanced Manufacturing Industry Development Strategy includes a dozen initiatives to make NSW a beacon for advanced manufacturing investment and exports, ensuring it can provide the jobs of the future. I like the statement that “advanced […]

Undertaken by the ClimateWorks Foundation, “Measuring Fashion 2018” is a report on the environmental impact of the global apparel and footwear industries. The study is based on the World Apparel and Footwear Life Cycle Database (WALDB) and provides impact results for climate change, water, and human health, among other indicators. Click here to see a […]

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) has released its report to the government, Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation – a plan for Australia to thrive in the global innovation race. The ISA Board was tasked by the government to produce a strategic plan to advise policy makers on how to accelerate innovation, science and research and optimise Australia’s […]

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future´ confirms that the steady production growth in fast fashion is intrinsically linked to a decline in utilisation per item, leading to an incredible amount of waste. It is estimated that more than half of fast fashion production is disposed of in under […]

Australia’s manufacturing industry is ‘larger and more dynamic’ than currently estimated, according to a report commissioned by the Australian Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC). The report analyses more than 3,000 global manufacturers to provide substantiated clarity to an industry undergoing unprecedented change, while also outlining key opportunities for local manufacturers. It calls for a new definition of […]

Victoria recently released its advanced manufacturing statement: Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future.  The Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling, developed the strategy which features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations. New initiatives will help manufacturers develop new products, improve training and skills, increase competitiveness and support […]

In the new study “Fashion at the crossroads” presented at Milan Fashion Week, Greenpeace criticizes fashion brands for pledging to move to a circular economy, essentially designing out waste and creating an endless lifecycle for their products. The report is mostly a positive acknowledgement of sustainability initiatives, the research revealed some examples where brands are […]

Waste and Resources Action Programme was set up in the UK in 2000 to promote sustainable waste management. In 2012, WRAP released the pioneering ‘Valuing Our Clothes’ report. It examined the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing throughout its life cycle for one year in the UK. This comprehensive report, looks at the progress […]

The 13th Asian Textile Conference (ATC-13) was held in Geelong, Australia in November 2015. The conference was hosted by Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials and the Technical Textiles and Non Wovens Association on behalf of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA). ATC-13 provided a wonderful opportunity for global scientists and researchers in all textile fields with […]

Researchers have developed technology that could allow super glassy polymer materials to be revisited for commercial applications in gas separations. Developed by the CSIRO, the new technology, when applied to plastic lining promises to radically improve the efficiency of filtration of exhaust gases from power plants, according to researchers. Currently, the techniques industry use to […]