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Textile Outlook International
Issue 118:
July-August 2005

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios in Textiles and Clothing: Europe's Bra Wars
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Guatemala, July-August 2005 (32 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, July-August 2005 (24 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2005 (66 pages)
World capacities and shipments of textile machinery, July-August 2005 (36 pages)

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World fibre production grew by 5.8% in 2004, spurred by a 7.8% increase in man-made fibre production. The increase reflected strong growth in China and to a lesser extent in South Asia and South-East Asia. Synthetics accounted for most of the growth, especially polyester, although cellulosics grew faster.

Output of natural fibres rose by only 2.9%. As a result, their share fell to 40.5%—the lowest ever recorded. Cotton demand rose by 3.0% while wool consumption was up by only 0.8%. In both cases, growth was encouraged by lower prices.

The cotton price fell from a high of 76.80 cents/lb in November 2003 to a low of 48.60 cents/lb in December 2004, reflecting fears of high . Although there was some firming over the subsequent few months, the average price for 2004/05 as a whole was only 52 cents/lb. For 2005/06, however, the price will rise by 25.0% to 65 cents/lb as stocks diminish. Demand will rise by only 2.3%, according to the EIU—much slower than the 9.3% increase in 2004/05, despite higher usage in China and South Asia. But output will fall by 8.0%, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), as lower prices have deterred plantings, and favourable growing conditions in 2004/05 are unlikely to be repeated. Nonetheless, this will still be the second highest crop on record.

Wool prices have been kept down by competition from man-made fibres and healthy stock levels. Although stocks have fallen, they represent a comfortable proportion of annual output. Currently, global demand for wool fibre is being sustained largely by consumption in China. Elsewhere, it is being depressed by the restructuring of the textile industries in industrialised countries. The outlook is for some firming of prices in 2006, despite only a marginal rise in global demand during 2005/06. Although stocks are expected to fall slightly, supply and demand will be more or less in balance in 2005/06.

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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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