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Profile of the textile and clothing industry in Lithuania, July 2002
published in Issue 100, July 2002
With only a small domestic market, Lithuanian textile and clothing firms are highly dependent on exports. After the collapse of their main market, the Soviet Union, in 1991, they were forced to turn to the European Union to survive. With low labour costs—which are comparable with many competitors in Asia—coupled with market proximity and a long established tradition of producing textiles and clothing, they quickly gained market share. Exports were given a boost in January 1998 when the EU removed all tariffs and quotas on imports of textiles and clothing from Lithuania. Many companies have also stepped up their exports to the USA.
The industry has benefited from the government’s policy of privatisation and encouraging foreign firms to buy shares. As a result, many plants have been equipped with modern technology. Lithuania’s low labour costs and proximity to the EU have attracted major players such Chargeurs of France, Marzotto of Italy and Tolaram of Singapore. Some foreign investors see Lithuania as a stepping stone to wider markets in the Baltic region and in former Soviet republics.
During 1995-2000 clothing exports grew by an average of 26.7% per annum—faster than exports from any other sector in Lithuania. Also, in 2001 Lithuania ranked among the EU’s leading ten suppliers of women’s skirts. But the country is at a crossroads. EU membership in 2004 or 2005 should benefit the economy as a whole but will open up textile and clothing firms to greater competition. Lithuania’s tariff-free access to EU markets will continue to provide exporters with a competitive advantage over most Asian suppliers. But firms will find it harder to compete after 2004 when international quotas are eliminated and Lithuania’s quota-free access to EU markets ceases to be a competitive advantage.
Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
Reports in Textile Outlook International include:
country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
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