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Textile Outlook International
Issue 138:
November-December 2008

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Editorial: Protectionism Looms over the Global Textile and Clothing Industry (5 pages)
World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: USA and EU (40 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Hong Kong (32 pages)
Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2008 (35 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, November-December 2008 (66 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 3 -- finishing, November-December 2008 (29 pages)

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2007 was a mixed year for the international textile finishing machinery market. There was an increase in global deliveries of mercerising equipment. However, shipments of machinery for continuous bleaching, dyeing and washing declined, while purchases of stentering machinery remained more or less unchanged.

As many as 31 machines for mercerising—a process which increases a fabric’s affinity for dye—were delivered to the world’s mills in 2007. This represented an increase on the 23 machines delivered in 2006 although it fell short of the 37 machines purchased by the world’s mills in 2005. All 31 machines delivered in 2007 were for treating woven fabrics.

Deliveries of machines for continuous bleaching, dyeing and washing fell from 125 in 2006 to 117 in 2007. Most of the 2007 total were for processing woven fabrics. 25 of the 117 were bleaching machines, which are used to improve a fabric’s whiteness. A further 32 were for dyeing—a process used to impart colour to textiles. Of these, 11 were for cold pad-batch dyeing—a more environmentally friendly technique than conventional dyeing methods—for use in the coloration of knitted fabrics. The remaining continuous machines, numbering 60 of the 117 total, were used for washing.

In the case of drying equipment, shipments of stentering machines, or stenters, rose slightly from 151 in 2006 to 153 in 2007, although this number fell short of the 166 machines shipped in 2005. The increase in 2007 was due entirely to a rise in shipments of machinery for drying knitted fabrics. The number of stenters used for woven fabrics fell from 60 to 57, but the number used for knitted fabrics rose from 91 to 96.

In the case of controlled compressive shrinkage machinery—which is used to stabilise fabrics in order to minimise shrinkage after the fabrics have been made up into garments—22 machines for processing woven fabrics were delivered to the world’s mills in 2007. Meanwhile, ten continuous relaxation drying machines for processing knitted fabrics were delivered, and half of these went to mills in India alone.

Table of Contents
World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 3—Finishing
  • Summary
  • Continuous Mercerising Machinery
  • Continuous Bleaching, Dyeing and Washing Machinery
  • Discontinuous Bleaching, Dyeing and Washing Machinery
  • Continuous Fabric Drying Machinery
  • Discontinuous Hot Flue Machinery
  • Relaxation Drying Machinery

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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.
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 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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