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Survey of the European Yarn and Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2007
published in Issue 123, May-June 2006
For some years it has been the policy of European spinners and fabric manufacturers to focus their energy on creating high quality, innovative yarns and fabrics while cutting back production of the more basic, high volume items which can not compete with similar goods made in low cost countries, particularly China and other Asian nations. Inevitably, this policy has resulted in a much smaller European yarn and fabric industry. Many European manufacturers have relocated their production to lower wage cost areas elsewhere.
The yarn and fabric fairs in Europe have reflected these developments with changes of their own. The Italian fabric fairs have overcome their regional rivalry to come together for a joint fair in Milan, representing the Italian industry as a whole. There have been similar developments in Paris, where yarns and fabrics are now shown together. Reports from spinners and fabric manufacturers suggest that this policy of focusing on quality is paying off. In fabrics, particularly, the Italian industry reveals that production during 2005 was stabilised and that prospects for 2006 are good. There have even been promising results from a drive to export to Asian markets.
For the spring/summer 2007 season, the fashion driven trend towards finer yarns and lighter weight fabrics continues. Natural fibres dominate, and colours are becoming softer and more muted. Lighter fabrics, using less raw material, can, of course, help in the vital process of stabilising or even reducing prices.
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