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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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World man-made fibre production rose at a significantly higher rate in 2007 than in the previous year. Output was up by 9.5% to 40.7 mn tons, following a 3.1% hike in 2006. However, the rise in 2007 was sustained entirely by strong growth in China.

In terms of fibre type, synthetics accounted for most of the growth in world man-made fibre production—and almost all of the increase in synthetics was due to a rise in polyester. But cellulosics were also up, by a healthy 16.4%.

Output of natural fibres fell by 3.9% in 2007, which partly reversed an 8.0% rise in 2006. The fall was caused by a 3.9% reduction in cotton output—following an 8.4% increase in 2006—as growers began to switch to alternative crops. Reflecting these trends, the cotton price rose throughout much of 2007 to peak at 80 cents/lb in early 2008. In the case of wool, the clip declined in 2007 following a fall in 2006. As a result of these trends, the share of natural fibres in total fibre output fell from 43.1% in 2006 to 39.9% in 2007.

In the 2007/08 season the demand for cotton is predicted to remain broadly static. The main causes will be slower global economic growth and competition—in terms of price—from substitute fibres. At the same time, cotton output will be down by 1.7%, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). Demand will therefore continue to outstrip supply, causing some mild upward pressure on prices. The cotton price, according to the ICAC, will average 73 cents/lb in 2007/08—14 cents/lb more than in 2006/07. And in the 2008/09 season it is likely to creep up further, by 6 cents/lb.

Wool prices have fallen away after peaking in January 2008 as the effect of the drought on the Australian clip has eased and demand has weakened. The stock position remains tight but there is little prospect of any strong recovery in demand. In China, consumption remains strong and this is serving to sustain global demand. But demand elsewhere is being depressed by restructuring in the textile industries in industrialised countries. The outlook for 2008/09 is for some further weakening of prices as stocks fall slightly although any imbalance between supply and demand will be minimal.

Table of Contents
Global Trends in Fibre Production, Consumption and Prices
  • Summary
  • General Trends
  • Cotton: Prices, Production and Consumption
  • Wool: Prices, Production and Consumption
  • Man-made Fibres: Production and Consumption

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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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