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India became the second largest exporter of textile goods in 2013, primarily due to growth in apparel sector. Total exports reached $40 billion but is still far behind China's export of $270 billion. The textile industry in India has a long history and contributes to more than 4% of the GDP. It is the second largest sector providing jobs after agriculture. The apparel sector is relatively organized and mature in IT adoption, seeing a double digit growth over the past few years. Last week, the Chairman and CEO of Uniqlo, Japan's largest apparel retailer met the Prime Minister for possible sourcing and setup of operations in India.

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Capgemini recently released the 2014 Cars Online ‘Generation Connected’ report which addresses what consumers want for their car buying experience and ownership experience. From the results, it's clear that connectivity is the fundamental component. The result - automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are changing the way they design and deliver their vehicles, with more complex product design and technology, increasing partnerships to expand their capabilities, and more emphasis on services.

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IDC has recently recorded increasing interest in 3D printing-related topics and opportunities from the media and manufacturing audience across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA). Back in the 1980s, 3D printing started as a production alternative for the creation of prototypes in various manufacturing facilities. Today, 3D printing technology is still used primarily for prototyping and distributed manufacturing, but we are seeing original and valuable applications in construction, architecture, industrial design, the automotive industry, aerospace, engineering, the military, medical industries, fashion, footwear, jewelry, art, education, food, and many other fields. As a response to rising demand, we are providing a short insight article reflecting the most important questions received, pointing out where 3D printing technology is heading, and explaining what it brings to manufacturers.

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This week marks the deadline for audits from the first required reporting period for the U.S. SEC to comply with the legislation surrounding the use of conflict minerals by U.S.-listed companies. IDC Manufacturing Insights has paid close attention to the regulation of conflict minerals since before the rules for implementing the official law to regulate them was finalized and released in August 2012 (Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Act).

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