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Textile Outlook International
Issue 108:
November-December 2003

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Editorial: Chinese Quotas and a New AGOA Could Give Poorer Countries Another Chance
Profile of the Maquila Apparel Industry in Honduras
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2004/05
Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2003
Profiles of Liz Claiborne and Jones Apparel Group
Impact of New US Textile and Apparel Quotas Against China

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Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2003

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Innovations help companies to differentiate their products and maintain a competitive advantage. In fibres, Kurabo has a new system for making wool finer without damaging the fibre’s structure. Fuji Spinning’s “V-Up” functionalised fibre will deodorise underwear and shirts and provide the wearer with a dose of vitamin C. Mitsubishi and Solutia have developed an antimicrobial and deodorant fibre made from seashells, while Otsuka Kagaku’s new electroconductive fibre helps to protect the wearer from potentially harmful radiation emitted by mobile phones and palm top computers.

Yarns with a softer handle have been developed by both Schlafhorst and Sara Lee by modifying open-end or rotor spinning technology. Researchers at Denkendorf have developed a new drafting system for compact spinning. The latter produces stronger and cleaner yarns and could take over from conventional ring spinning in developed countries. At UMIST, jets of water or super-heated steam are being used to impart twist to fibres and yarns.

In fabrics, hydroentanglement is being used in separate developments by Polymer Group and Textile Enhancements to improve the appearance and handle of woven and knitted structures. Nano-Tex has developed a process for imparting permanent properties to fabrics by encapsulating agents such as pharmaceuticals, sun-block compounds and dyes in nanobeads. Traptek is using a modified photocopier to make odour-free clothing using activated carbon. Asahi Kasei has developed a stretchable raschel knitted PTT fabric containing elastomeric yarns to avoid yellowing in foundation garments. And J R Nanotech has developed socks containing nanoparticles of silver which help to minimise foot odour.

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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.
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