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Textile Outlook International
Issue 101:
September 2002

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Editorial: US textile and apparel imports from China double -- a wake-up call for other developing countries?
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2002
Textiles and Apparel in China: Competitive Threat or Investment Opportunity?
Profile of Dogi: A World Leader in Stretch Knitted Fabrics
Opportunities for Textiles and Clothing in Sub-Saharan Africa
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Malaysia, September 2002

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Textiles and Apparel in China: Competitive Threat or Investment Opportunity?

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The Chinese textile and apparel industry has grown rapidly over the past two decades. As a result, China is now the world’s largest exporter of apparel and textile products. This achievement is attributable mainly to China’s policy of economic reform after opening up to the outside world, coupled with the country’s low labour costs. Today the activities of enterprises are more market oriented, and various forms of ownership are flourishing. Foreign investments have played an important role in this development. The industry is also more efficient and profitable as a result of a government restructuring and consolidation programme which was introduced after six years of losses. During 1997-99 as many as 10 mn cotton spindles were scrapped and 1.2 mn workers displaced.

The industry’s future development will depend on the domestic economic situation and on international conditions. China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in late 2001 has created an opportunity for further export growth. One immediate consequence is that quotas restricting Chinese exports to US and EU markets will be phased out and finally eliminated at the end of 2004 under the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC). However, all WTO members will benefit from the quota phase-out, which means that China will face intensified competition in international markets. Furthermore, China is obliged to lower its own trade barriers, resulting in stiffer competition in the domestic market.

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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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