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Textile Outlook International
Issue 100:
July 2002

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Editorial: Lithuania: Small and Thriving. But Can the Momentum be Maintained?
Profile of the textile and clothing industry in Lithuania, July 2002
Global trends in fibre production, consumption and prices, July-August 2002
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2002
World capacities and shipments of textile machinery, July 2002
Profile of Leggett & Platt: Rapid Growth Through Acquisition

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Profile of Leggett & Platt: Rapid Growth Through Acquisition

published in Issue 100, July 2002  

Through a brisk acquisition programme, Leggett and Platt—a USbased supplier of components to the bedding, furnishing and automotive industries—has become a major manufacturer and supplier of textiles. Between 1999 and 2001 Leggett & Platt bought a total of 60 companies. In the textiles area, it acquired 12 significant fabric manufacturers in Europe and the Americas and six US fibre operations between 1996 and 2001.

Leggett & Platt operates in five business segments: Residential Furnishings, Commercial Furnishings, Aluminum Products, Industrial Materials, and Specialized Products. The company has over 300 manufacturing plants, distribution centres and other facilities across North America and abroad.

Most of the company’s textile-related acquisitions and businesses are grouped within the residential furnishings segment of the company. Hanes Industries, for example—acquired by Leggett & Platt in 1993—is a leading supplier of nonwoven and woven textile construction materials for furniture, bedding and home furnishings.

Trade sales have grown by 18% a year since 1967—when Leggett & Platt became a public company. But in 2001 sales fell for only the second time in 34 years. In the first half of 2002 the company managed to achieve modest increases in sales in a number of business units—reflecting improved conditions in the consumer sector of the US economy. But the future pace of recovery in the US consumer sector remains uncertain, and the company is reviewing its policy of continuous expansion through “bolt-on” buy-outs.

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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.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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