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Textile Outlook International
Issue 116:
March-April 2005

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios: the EU Prepares to Impose Safeguard Quotas Against China
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, March-April 2005 (79 pages)
Profile of TAL Group: A Leading Hong Kong Apparel Company with an International Presence (15 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, March-April 2005 (71 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2006 (18 pages)
Profile of Manama Textile Mills: Expanding in the Middle East (13 pages)

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US output fell to record lows in 2004 as clothing exports declined. But textile exports grew by a healthy 10.5% in value. Imports continued to rise, especially from China. Clothing firms remained profitable but net income fell. In Argentina the textile and clothing sector grew rapidly. Brazilian exports rose by over 25%. Colombian sales to the USA, where 75% of shipments entered duty-free, were boosted by the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA). But in Mexico competition from China, Vietnam, and Latin America has left many firms unable to compete. EU output fell, despite modest or no growth in imports, as consumer spending and exports remained sluggish. China increased its share of extra-EU clothing imports to over 29% in volume terms while Bangladesh was a distant second with 12.6%.

In Japan output fell across all sub-sectors in 2004 as operations were moved abroad and imports grew. China supplied 81% of Japanese clothing imports. The Chinese industry continued to progress with clothing output volume up 15% as the domestic market stayed buoyant and exports rose 21%. But export taxes have been imposed to curb exports to the USA. In Hong Kong output fell further. Exports rose by a healthy 8.7% but all the growth was in re-exports. South Korea’s industry continued to decline as rising wages and costs impaired competitiveness. Taiwan’s surplus improved as exports rose 5.6%. But most of the growth was in textiles as labour intensive clothing activity was depressed by higher costs. Indonesian apparel makers benefited from strong US demand. Malaysian output fell sharply despite higher exports. Exports from the Philippines were sluggish but the industry is pinning its hopes on a new deal with Japan. Exports from Thailand rose by 18%. In Vietnam export growth has slowed as the country struggles to compete with China and quotas hold back its exports to the USA. Bangladeshi exports performed well in 2003/04. In India the government has set an ambitious export target in the post-quota era of US$50 bn for 2010, up from US$13 bn in 2004. Pakistan and Sri Lanka also performed well, with output and exports up substantially. In February 2005 the two countries signed a free trade agreement.

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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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