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ICA Newsreel
July 2015

Welcome to July's issue. Here is a round-up of all our latest news.

Cost of defaults on WTO agenda

At its global review of ‘aid for trade’, the World Trade Organisation invited the ICA to participate. Kai Hughes, ICA Managing Director, addressed the conference, highlighting the unquantifiable cost of defaults to governments, with a plea to ensure legal systems and policies are fair and effective.


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Spotlight on #icaSF2015

With the programme for our San Francisco 2015 trade event almost complete, we can confirm that it will include an interactive panel session with leading experts Patrick Laine (BCI), Michael Kobori (Levi Strauss) Pascal Brun (H&M), Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) and Antonio Esteve (ECOM) asking the question 'Should sustainability be on ICA’s agenda?'  


See the full programme and book your place >


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SMART website wins industry award

Great news - our 'SMART' website has won the Trade Association Forum’s Website of the Year award. Up against tough competition the award is a great achievement and we are very proud. Oh and if you want to know why the website is SMART, it stands for: Safe, Mobile, Automated, Resourceful, Trade.


Read more and see photos from the awards ceremony >


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New, state of the art lab now open

ICA Bremen’s new cotton testing laboratory has been officially opened by the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. The upgraded lab is now home to a range of state of the art facilities to meet the growing demands of the global cotton and textile industry.


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Meeting the Asian markets

As part of an Asian 'mega tour', our leadership team recently met with key cotton stakeholders in China, Japan and Taiwan. "The importance of opportunities like this cannot be overestimated...This trip was us the chance to engage at a variety of levels with current partners, future partners, members of the ICA and the world cotton community," said ICA President, Jordan Lea.


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Book now for China training

Registration is now open for the next China cotton trade training, which takes place on 21-24 Sep 2015 at the Shenzhen Silver Lake Resort Hotel in Shenzhen. Jointly organised by the ICA and Beijing Cotton Outlook Consulting, the training is delivered in Chinese and will focus on areas currently impacting on China's global cotton trade. Demand will be high - early booking is recommended.


Find out more and apply >


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Nine lucky winners

Congratulations to the nine winners who braved 40 mile per hour winds to take home a trophy at this year's ICA Golf Competition, which took place last week at Heswall Golf Club.


Find out who won and see the photos >


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New focus on safe trading

To help you make safer trading choices, this new slot will report on firms that have been added to or removed from the ICA List of Unfulfilled Awards Part 1*. Here is a look since 1st June:


  • Best Textiles Limited, New Dehli, India (award date 30 Mar 2015)
  • Kokila Cotton Export PVT Ltd, India (award date 8 May 2015)


  • Ha Nam Textile Company, Ha Nam, Vietnan (award date 30 Dec 2011)
  • Hangzhou Chengchuang Investment Co Ltd (The Keer Group), Hangzhou, China (award date 20 Jun 2014)
  • Little Star Spinning Mills Ltd, Dhaka, Bangladesh (award date 31 Jul 2009)
  • PT Plumbon International Textile, Jakarta, Indonesia (award date 20 Feb 2013)
  • PT Plumbon International Textile, Jakarta, Indonesia (award date 29 Apr 2014)


*The ICA List of Unfulfilled Awards Part 2 is available to members only.


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Another one for your safe list

Another firm signed up to safe trading last month and joined the ICA - Hong Kong based SunBliss Resources Limited.

If you are involved in cotton and support safe trading, why not consider joining the ICA community?


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Cotton contacts in a 'click'

Stay connected and boost your contacts by joining our social/business network community on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. You can also access our membership directory to find out who is an ICA member and view their details.


Access our online directory >


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About Newsreel

Newsreel is our regular e-news alert. Designed to keep you up to date with everything that is happening at the ICA. Newsreel is aimed at anybody with an interest in the cotton trade.


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