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Glossary
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Man-made filaments:
filaments which are manufactured and which do not occur in nature.

Manufactured fibres:
see man-made fibres.

Maquiladoras:
plants, common in Mexico and other Latin American countries, which process and assemble components or part-assembled goods made in the USA or another country and return the finished products to the USA or elsewhere for final sale. Usually, maquiladoras are in-bond assembly plants, which means that incoming goods can be freely imported without being liable to customs duty.

Maquilas:
see maquiladoras.

Marker (in garment manufacture):
a plan of pattern pieces from which the cloth will be cut. Effectively it is the final "jigsaw" of all the pattern pieces to be cut in a particular lay.

Market capitalisation:
a measure of company size, calculated by multiplying the number of shares which a company has issued by the current market price.

Marl yarn:
a yarn, usually woollen-spun, consisting of two or more single ends of different colours twisted together. (See also Grandrelle.)

Marocain:
a crÍpe fabric with a weft-ways rib.

Mass coloration:
a method of colouring man-made fibres by incorporating a dye or colorant in the spinning solution or melt before extrusion into filaments. Also known as dope-dyeing.

Masterbatch:
a concentrated blend of pigments, additives and/or fillers in a base polymer. Masterbatch is added in small amounts to a large volume of material which is same as, or is compatible with, the base polymer to produce the desired formulation.

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