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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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Opportunities for Textiles and Clothing in Sub-Saharan Africa

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This report surveys the textile and clothing industries in nine Sub- Saharan African countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The prospects for these industries have improved markedly under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)—which provides African garments with duty-free and quota-free access to the US market. Indeed, US imports of African-made garments are expected to multiply from US$250 mn in 2000 to more than US$4.2 bn by 2008.

AGOA should also boost investment in textile manufacturing: after September 2004 AGOA benefits will only be available to garments assembled from materials made in the region or in North America. However, this change of rules will make it harder for the region’s apparel industries to remain competitive. Also, after 2004 garment makers in Sub-Saharan Africa will lose one of their main competitive weapons when quotas restricting textile and clothing trade are eliminated globally.

To maintain their impetus, the region’s industries will need to improve their competitiveness quickly relative to countries in Latin America, the Caribbean Basin and Asia—especially China. This will require further significant foreign investment in addition to the inflows which have already been attracted from companies based in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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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.
Textile Outlook International is available on subscription – either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 6 printed publications a year, containing a total of 30 reports plus editorials written by Robin Anson, our editorial director and in-house industry expert.
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"I truly appreciate Textile Outlook International and especially the chapter on Prospects for the Textile and Garment industry in China, which provides invaluable insights for business in the region."
(Hasina Raonimahary; Designer; MERAVIGLIA Pte. Ltd, Singapore)