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Textile Outlook International
Issue 104:
March-April 2003

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Editorial: Will a Free Trade Area of the Americas Solve Latin America's Textile and Clothing Crisis?
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, March-April 2003
Profiles of Leading Textile and Apparel Companies in Vietnam
Digital Textile Printing: A Design Tool or Technology for Full-Scale Production?
Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industries in Belarus
Trends in the Market for Sports and Other Performance Apparel

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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industries in Belarus
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Belarus is one of the leading producers of textiles, clothing and related products in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It is also the CIS’s largest man-made fibre producer.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Belarusian textile and clothing industries—especially clothing—held up better than those in most other former Soviet republics because of government policies aimed at sustaining output and employment. Belarus was able to flood CIS markets with cheap and high quality goods while enterprises in other former Soviet republics were being forced to close.

But the government failed to implement the economic reforms needed to make the country internationally competitive. Consequently, the textile and clothing industries were not compelled to address their shortcomings. Many firms today suffer from overmanning and inefficiency, are saddled with obsolete equipment and large debts, and are starved of working capital and investment resources. Few are profitable, and most face competition from producers in Russia, other CIS countries and South Asia. Further bankruptcies seem likely.

However, the industry does have a number of competitive advantages: labour costs are low, the workforce is qualified and disciplined, and the sector has strong links with Russian markets. Also, equipment is more modern in private companies and joint ventures. The new president of Bellegprom is well aware of the pressing need to accelerate the privatisation process and attract foreign investment.

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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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