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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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Profile of Manama Textile Mills: Expanding in the Middle East
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Manama Textile Mills, based in Bahrain, is the largest textile group in the Middle East. It was founded in 1995, initially as a weaving mill. Subsequently, spinning units were added and today the company has three weaving units and two spinning operations.

Until recently, Manama was concerned primarily with the production and export of greige (unfinished) fabrics and yarns. But in 2004 it started to put in place a series of forward integration measures aimed at producing fully finished textiles and made-up garments. The company’s target is to increase export sales from US$100 mn in 2004 to US$250 mn by 2007 and to systematically increase profits.

The investment plan has been spurred on by the signing of the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in September 2004. The FTA provides for duty-free treatment in the US market for textile products made in Bahrain from materials which have also been spun, woven and finished in the country or in the USA. A similar agreement is being negotiated with the EU.

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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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