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   Bangladesh-China direct shipping link 
   Bangladesh, September 27, 2011: A Singapore-based carrier will launch a direct shipping link between Bangladesh and China this month, opening up a new vista for trade between the two economies. The link will cut freight for Bangladeshi traders who import US$7 billion merchandise from the world's second largest economy and help boost export opportunities for local manufacturers seeking new avenues for shipment, experts said.
   Pacific International Lines (PIL) starts the "landmark' shipping link on September 9, 2011 when its vessel, Kota Wista, will make the first voyage for Chittagong from Chinese commercial capital of Shanghai. "We're introducing the new route to serve the country's businesses efficiently," said Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, country director of PIL.
  "This will save a week for local traders who import most of the country's electronics from China and garment makers who source yarn and fabrics. It will ensure hassle-free cargo movement," he said. Mr Rafique said the direct link will save at least $120 in freight cost per container for Bangladeshi traders. "There will be no hassles or delays in Singapore or at Port Klang," he said.
   China has recent years emerged as the country largest import partner. It accounted for some 21 per cent of the Bangladesh's $33 billion import trade in the year to June 2011. Bangladesh's major imports from China include electronics, fabrics, non-cotton yarn and accessories, machinery, chemicals, intermediary raw-material, fertilizers, food grains and fruits.
   With its economy booming at the breckneck speed, the world's most populous country has also grown to Asia's top shopper. Last year it bought $400 million worth of merchandise from Bangladesh. China last year overtook India as the biggest buyer of Bangladeshi raw jute and jute yarn. China also imports leather, dehydrated sea fish and apparel from .
 Source: The Financial Express, Bangladesh

  Innovation Key to Chinese Sustainable Enterprises
  Beijing, April 23, 2011: Innovation is the key for Chinese sustainable enterprises in gaining a strong foothold in tomorrow's green economy, experts said at a forum held in Beijing. Over a dozen scholars, leaders of green technology firms and NGOs from home and abroad gathered and brainstormed at the Tsinghua-Cornell 2011 International Conference on Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Enterprise on Monday.
  Sustainable enterprises, or Green enterprise, are those companies that try to achieve a right balance between people, planet and profit. How to achieve sustainable development is perhaps the most tantalizing question in economics, however, natural resources depletion and environment pollution caused by today's energy-intensive industries are constant remainders of just how far we are from that dream. Professor Gao Xudong, Director of Tsinghua MBA programs and a researcher of innovative technology, emphasized the importance of acquiring sustainable development through self-innovation. "They (Chinese companies) should be much more innovative." Professor Gao Xudong said, "innovative in the sense that they could develop their own leading technologies, they need to change their strategy of relying mainly on buying technology. Buying technology itself will not make them sustainable, nor make them successful."
  Luckily, some Chinese clean-tech firms have initiated the field of pollution reduction by adopting self-developed cutting-edge technologies. Tsinghua Solar Co., Ltd is a solar water heater producer. It pioneered the domestic market more than two decades ago with its proprietary evacuated tube collectors. Today the company is one of the leading players in the market. Wu Zhenyi, President of Tsinghua Solar Co., Ltd, shed some light on the benefits of using renewable energy. "Over the past ten years, the total installed capacity of solar water heaters in China has saved as much energy as burning 100 million tons of coal," Wu Zhenyi said, "or saved about the same amount of electricity that's equal to five years of energy output of the Three Gorges Dam, and cut CO2 emissions by 240 million tons."  Using renewable as an alternative energy source is but one of the many attempts by domestic companies to explore the possibilities of sustainable development. Discovering new raw materials also seems to be promising. Jiangsu Redbud Textures Co., Ltd, a textile producer, has utilized jute  as a new raw material alternative to cotton.
  Jute is a kind of cheap and abundant natural vegetable fiber, but due to its rough nature it is traditionally only used as gunnysacks After 8 years of research, the company made a breakthrough in applying natural jute into the textile industry.
"First, jute is second only to cotton in the amount produced among all the natural vegetable fibers. It is renewable, degradable, and green."  Liu Guozhong, Chairman of Jiangsu Redbud Textures Co., Ltd. said, "Second, with our bio-engineering technologies we could plant jute in waste land, such as marshes and infertile land. Planting jute could even
convert waste land into arable land."  The company is the first company in the world that has used jute in the high-end textile industry.
  Using jute could reduce the demand for cotton and alleviate the pressure cotton fields have over agricultural land, and planting jute could absorb a certain amount of CO2 from the air, Liu Guozhong added. Besides these proven business approaches, innovative thinking on sustainable development was also heard at the forum. Source: CRIENGLISH.com 

  Chinese team get tips on banana fibre in Anakaputhur
  CHENNAI, December 5, 2010: A team from China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is in Anakaputhur to learn from its weavers the art of making garments from natural fibres, especially banana. Guangxi Zhuang reportedly accounts for over one-fourth of China's total banana production of 80 lakh tonnes annually. "We heard about the garments made out of banana fibre here and have come to learn," Zhang Ming Pei, leader of the team and director-general of Guangxi Zhuang's agriculture department, told The Times Of India 
  Weavers of Anakaputhur, famous for making garments using natural fibres, have been producing shirts, sarees and children wear from banana, pineapple, bamboo, jute and even aloe vera. Apart from being sold in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, these products are also exported to Europe and the US. There are also displayed at various exhibitions in India and abroad. 
  It was through the union textile ministry that the Chinese team got to know about the Anakaputhur weavers. With the two countries already having an agreement on cooperation in textiles, the visit was made easy. "We are always ready to share our knowledge with others and are honoured by the visit," said C Sekar, head of the Anakaputhur Jute Weavers' Association. Apart from their affordability (Rs 450 a piece), the garments are also
popular because they keep out the heat. Extracted from banana stems, they are odourless and can be dyed. They do not shrink, the colour doesn't fade after a wash and they remain wrinkle-free even without starch being used, Sekar said. "Though the fabrics could be made entirely of banana fibres, a mixture of 60% cotton will give them durability," he added. 
  The visitors' interest in these garments is understandable. Despite contributing a large share to China's total banana production Guangxi Zhuang region is unable to use it fully. "We want an environment-friendly technology and also want to generate more jobs," said Ou Guang Lian, a team member and assistant professor at the Foreign Languages College of Guangxi University. According to Pei, China's garment industry uses large powerlooms requiring huge investments while in India individual handloom units operate along with large power looms in the same locality. Source: The Times of India

   China Jute, Ambary, Ramee & Flax Spinning & Weaving Industry Profil

   September 22, 2010: According to the '*China Jute, Ambary, Ramee & Flax Spinning & Weaving Industry Profile*  recently published by Beijing Zeefer Consulting Ltd., the major distribution areas of jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry in China are Shandong, Hunan and Jiangsu provinces. More than 20 above sized enterprises located in Shandong province with total sales of US$ 530 million.
  Beijing, China - Beijing Zeefer Consulting Ltd. has published a new research report called 'China Jute, Ambary, Ramee & Flax Spinning & Weaving Industry Profile'. This report provides key data and concise analyses, presents a comparative analysis on the development of jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry in 31 provincial regions and 20 major cities in visualized form of data map. As shown in this report, the major distribution areas for jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry are Shandong, Hunan and Jiangsu. More than 20 above sized enterprises located in Shandong province with total sales of US$ 530 million, accounting for 16% over that in China. The report also includes a list of top 20 enterprises in the sector and the
comparison on investment environment in top 10 hot regions in China. In addition, the report truly reflects the position of foreign enterprises in this industry across China based on a comprehensive comparison of operating conditions among different enterprise types. 
  This report is based on Chinese industry classification (Industrial Classification For National Economic Activities, GB/T 4754-2002). Additionally, by original creation of ZEEFER Industry Distribution Index, the report directly shows the difference in various regions of Mainland China in terms of jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry, providing an important reference for investors' selection of target regions to make investment.In this report, readers will et: 
* A comprehensive picture on distribution of and difference in performance in regions of Mainland China in terms of the jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry;
* To figure out the hot regions in China for jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry, find out the potential provinces and cities suitable for investment as well as the economic development level and investment environment in these regions;
* A clear picture on the overall development, industry size and growth trend of jute, ambary, ramee & flax spinning & weaving industry across China;
* A clear picture on development status of foreign enterprises, state-owned enterprises, and private enterprises in recent years as well as the industry position of the above ownerships;
* Present readers with a list of top 20 enterprises inside the industry 
 Source: Market Research Database - Market Publishers http://marketpublishers.com/ 

China to buy Bangladeshi products worth $80 m
  UNB, Dhaka,October 14, 2008:Chinese importers will sign several contracts today to import Bangladeshi products worth US$ 80 million to reduce huge trade imbalance against Dhaka.
  The Chinese entrepreneurs will buy jute and jute-goods, marine products and leather from their Bangladeshi counterparts under the deals. "Although it is not big but reflects our sincerity and willingness to address Bangladesh's concern about the trade gap," leader of a visiting Chinese Trade and Commerce delegation Liang Wentao told UNB yesterday evening.
   Wentao, who is now on a tri-nation tour of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, said the Chinese government is ready to extend any financial and technical cooperation in infrastructure building or development of any industry like jute in Bangladesh if initiatives come either from the Bangladesh government or entrepreneurs.
Source: The New Nation

 International Symposium on Kenaf and Allied Fibers to be held in China
2007 International Symposium on Kenaf and Allied Fibers - Renewable Resource for a New Industry will be held on June 19 - 21, 2007 in Xiamen, China organized by the CCG International and Fijian Agricultural and Forest University. The Symposium aims to promote the production and utilization of kenaf and allied natural fibers.
  The Symposium will provide a platform for information exchange and experience sharing in
production and industrial applications of natural fibers. Products made from kenaf and allied such as paper and pulp, automobile parts, textile, construction and packaging materials, animal feed, and environmental cleaner, etc. will be the focus of this event. The Symposium will also feature the latest agricultural practice for maximizing the production of kenaf and allied.
Persons interested to participate are encouraged to contribute on issues like, fiber supply,
quality standard, product development and marketing, investment opportunities, international collaboration, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection, etc. that would benefit the industry as a whole.
The Symposium will also feature Product Show, Partnership Program, and tour programs.
Registration, abstracts, full papers, or any other inquiries about the Symposium should be sent to:
Symposium Organizing Committee
CCG International, Inc.     P.O. Box 130941
St. Paul, MN 55113-0008, USA
Tel: 1-612-859-8169   Fax: 1-360-248-5747, or 1-651-765-0030
E-mail: kenaf2007@chinaconsultinginc.com
 Source: IJSG

Archives of Environmental Health, March, 2003 by Jie Chen, Xiaobin Wang, Jiezhi Lou, Zhenlin Liu

  JUTE is a vegetable fiber cultivated in China, India, Pakistan, and other south Asia countries. Because the fiber is easy to grow and its products are inexpensive, jute processing is one of the largest textile industries in China. 
 The processing of jute produces high levels of dust, and reports indicate that workers exposed to jute dust have acute and chronic reductions in lung function, and an increase in chronic respiratory symptoms.  The etiologic agent for lung disease from vegetable dust exposure is unclear. The fiber itself, mineral impurities, and microorganisms and their metabolic products, are commonly considered to be the main etiologic factors. Opinions diverge on whether organic dust exposure induces lung interstitial fibrosis.   In this experimental study, jute dust, and positive (quartz dust) and negative (saline) controls, respectively, were instilled into the tracheas of groups of rats to determine whether jute dust exposure has fibrogenic potential.




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