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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 imports of textiles and clothing covered by the former Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA) continued to surge in 2004, rising by 10.4% to 46.6 bn sme (square metres equivalent). Within this total, imports of made-up textiles soared by 22.7% and their share of all imports increased to 30.5%. But apparel continued to hold the highest share, at 42.1%, reflecting strong US demand for cheap clothing. Cotton dominates US imports of MFA clothing. However, its share of imports of all MFA products fell from 43.6% to 40.1%, while that of man-made fibre apparel rose from 53.2% to 56.6%.

China has strengthened its lead as the biggest supplier, in value and in volume. Imports from the country have surged since it joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in late 2001. In 2002 they rose in volume by 124.5%, in 2003 by 67.0% and in 2004 by 40.7%. US imports from Mexico, the second biggest supplier, rose in volume by 4.1% but falling prices meant that imports declined by 2.1% in value terms. Imports from Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) countries were also sluggish. Among Asean countries, imports from Indonesia grew by over 10% in value and volume. Imports from the Asian “big three”—Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan—rose by 0.9% in value and by 2.8% in volume. Imports from South Korea alone increased in volume by 9.7% as the average price of imports from the country fell significantly. Downward price pressure was also evident in imports from China, Mexico, and India. Falling prices is one of the outcomes of the gradual phasing out of quotas, which was completed in 2004.

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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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