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Textile Outlook International
Issue 130:
July-August 2007

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Reports in this issue
Editorial: Organic Cotton: Small But Growing (3 pages)
Profile of H&M: A Pioneer of Fast Fashion (26 pages)
Developments in Apparel Technology (23 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2007 (57 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, July-August 2007 (35 pages)
Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015 (16 pages)

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Developments in Apparel Technology
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Apparel makers are faced with the challenges of designing fashionable styles, producing multiple styles in short runs, managing stock levels, improving delivery speeds, achieving flexibility and versatility, and ensuring that clothes fit well and are of good quality. They also have to produce clothing cost-effectively for a market which is supplied largely from countries with very low wage rates. Given that clothing production is labour intensive, many developments have been geared towards labour-saving automation so that producers in developed countries are more able to compete with low cost countries.

Automation is more appropriate for producers in developed countries than in developing countries where most of the clothing industry is now based. However, it is appropriate in some developing countries where there are growing shortages of skilled labour. In addition, developments are helping companies to achieve higher and consistent quality levels in order to meet the increasingly stringent demands being placed on them by buyers. A growing number of developments is being aimed at the requirements of the industries in specific countries, notably China.

Technological developments are also helping companies to differentiate their product offerings and to operate more efficient supply chains. In doing so, these developments are enabling producers to meet pressures from retailers for quicker delivery times and more efficient management of stock levels.

This report examines developments in four areas of apparel technology: developments in apparel manufacturing technology; developments in garment decoration; three-dimensional clothing design and visualisation technology; and radio frequency identification (RFID). Developments in garment decoration include machines for embroidery, lasers for cutting applications, direct-to-garment digital printing, methods of attaching sequins, and embossing. RFID enables manufacturers and retailers to track the location and progress of a product anywhere in the supply chain. Also an RFID-tagged piece of clothing can be held in front of a "magicmirror" in a retail store to display various types of personalised information.

Table of Contents
Developments in Apparel Technology
  • Summary
  • Introduction: Challenges and Characteristics of the International Apparel Market
  • Developments in Apparel Manufacturing Technology
  • Developments in Garment Decoration
  • Three-Dimensional Clothing Design and Visualisation Technology
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Clothing Retailing

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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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