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Textile Outlook International
Issue 134:
March-April 2008

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Editorial: Is China Losing its Competitive Edge in Textiles and Clothing? (4 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, March-April 2008 (80 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2009 (10 pages)
Global trends in fibre production, consumption and prices, March-April 2008 (22 pages)
Prospects for Garment Production in Romania: One of Europe's Most Important Sources (14 pages)
Trends in US textile and clothing imports, March-April 2008 (75 pages)

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Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2009
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For some years, European spinners have focused on high quality yarns for the luxury end of the textile market. This policy is now being supplemented by a drive to demonstrate care for the environment by using natural organic fibres and non-polluting industrial processes, and by developing new fibres from sustainable natural sources. At the Pitti Immagine Filati yarn fair in Milan there was a display which demonstrated that “eco-friendliness” is now an inseparable part of selling to the luxury market. Spinners report that the demand for organic fibres, although still scarce and expensive, is growing.

Apart from that, manufacturers are confronting economic uncertainty by offering yarns of a fineness and sophistication never seen before. Colours for the spring/summer 2009 season are split between, on the one hand, a range of classic neutral tones in pastel and natural dye colours and, on the other, a contrasting range of clear, bright tones which include citrus, apple green, salmon and fuchsia. Furthermore, many spinners are using the bright tones to highlight the neutral colours.

But trade remains difficult, due in large part to the high value of the euro against the US dollar and the Japanese yen. European spinners are therefore looking at their prospects for the future with some pessimism.

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Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Spring/Summer 2009
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  • Yarn Fairs
  • Yarn Trends

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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.
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