With the Government revising the ceiling limit of the Provident Fund from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 15,000/- effective September 1, 2014, some apparel exporters are feeling a huge financial burden. Interestingly, some export houses, top brands and HR Managers with whom Apparel Online talked to, have welcomed the decision despite it being an extra cost on them. Get an insight on how the companies are viewing this move. Finding a successful automated garment factory is a challenge, but finding one that is laid on the foundation of sustainability and CSR is even rarer, and Quantum Knits, the knits garment manufacturing division of KPR Mill Limited in Coimbatore, is one of them. In an exclusive interaction with Team AOat their Green factory, S. Dhanabalan, Vice President, Quantum Knits, shares the growth vision of the company… The concept of textile designing is still to grow in India, but with market becoming more competitive, exporters started their own design developments to attract attention either by creating their own in-house teams or outsourcing the designs from professional studios. AO talks to owners of two design studios, specific to textiles based in Mumbai to get an insight about their business… Besides the above, our regular columns of Mind Tree, H2F, Fashion Trends, Industry Wire, Export Statistics, etc. make the issue worth reading.