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Textile Outlook International
Issue 107:
September-October 2003

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Editorial: The “Big Bang”: Winners and Losers in the Textile and Clothing Industry in 2005 and Beyond
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2003
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2004/05
Clothing Retailing in China
Profile of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Portugal
Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Apparel Industry: From Manufacturer to Fashion Hub

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Competitiveness of the Hong Kong Apparel Industry: From Manufacturer to Fashion Hub
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The Hong Kong apparel industry has been transformed since its early days as a cut, make and trim (CMT) manufacturer of garments. Rising costs have made manufacturing in the territory increasingly uncompetitive. Domestic production has declined as Hong Kong firms have relocated manufacturing operations to mainland China in an attempt to remain competitive. Nonetheless, Hong Kong has maintained its role as a supplier of quality, branded fashion collections and as a regional sourcing hub, taking advantage of its international network and accumulated skills.

One remaining weakness, however, lies in its ability to generate original design. Such ability is important to Hong Kong’s development as a fashion hub—which, in turn, is seen as being vital to the territory’s ability to compete in 2005 and beyond when quotas on international trade are finally eliminated. But investment in product development is limited and recognition of local design talent is scant. Furthermore, an emphasis on cost reduction has hindered the cultivation of resources and an environment for creative work.

However, Hong Kong also has a number of strengths which would favour its development into a fashion hub. Many international companies have maintained a regional base in Hong Kong, taking advantage of the territory’s well-established business infrastructure and a proficiency in English, which facilitates corporate communications. Moreover, the industry itself has strong managerial skills, and is experienced in international trade and supply chain coordination. Increasingly, it is also adopting advanced manufacturing and information technology which is seen as essential to future competitiveness.

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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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"Textile Outlook International is very useful for postgraduate/undergraduate students who are researching international trade patterns in the textile industry. The reports indicate specific characteristics of textile markets in the world, show the comparative advantages of countries and provide guidance for future investments in the textile sector."
(Beril Egemen; MSc student "International Trade and Logistics"; Oxford Brookes University, UK)