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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 34:
3rd Quarter 2010

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Fast track: Taiwan leads Asia in sustainable high performance fibres and fabrics for performance apparel (5 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 3rd quarter 2010 (11 pages)
Stain protection in performance apparel: providing clean solutions (24 pages)
Profile of Eddie Bauer: a longestablished outdoor outfitter (11 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, 3rd quarter 2010 (26 pages)

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Fast track: Taiwan leads Asia in sustainable high performance fibres and fabrics for performance apparel
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At the Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2010, held in South Africa, Adidas and Nike provided their respective sponsored teams with kits containing performance polyester fabrics made from recycled materials in Taiwan.

This is no accident. Taiwanese firms have been carefully cultivating their lead over other Asian countries in functional fibres and fabrics for performance apparel for about 15 years.

More recently, emphasis has been placed on sustainable technologies and recycled synthetic fibres.

The need for Taiwan's textile industry to transform itself was becoming apparent at the time of the first TITAS—Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show—in 1997.

At that time, the industry in Taiwan comprised as many as 6,000 mills with a combined annual turnover of NT$680 bn (US$23.7 bn). Even so, the writing was on the wall for rapid change.

Today the industry is only a fraction of what it was then in terms of size, but it is probably much more focused.

According to the secretary general of the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), Justin Huang, 1997 was "the time of the first Asian financial crisis, but also of the huge build-up of textile operations in China. We quickly realised we would be unable to compete in any way with China on volume, but we were also experiencing a labour shortage at that time, which added to our problems."

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Fast track: Taiwan leads Asia in sustainable high performance fibres and fabrics for performance apparel
  • Taiwanese firms mirror the success of Japanese companies by intensifying R&D efforts
  • Outlook

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Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
 reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
 detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
 company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
 business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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