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Textile Outlook International
Issue 147:
October 2010

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Editorial: End of the Line for Cheap Clothing? (7 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, October 2010 (25 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2011/12 (13 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, October 2010 (26 pages)
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Sri Lanka, October 2010 (41 pages)
World Markets for Textile Machinery: Part 3 -- Knitted Fabric Manufacture (35 pages)

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Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2011/12
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A number of spinners were taking an optimistic view of business prospects at the European yarn fairs for autumn/winter 2011/12— despite considerable uncertainty as to whether the global economic recovery could be maintained. The optimism stemmed from improved figures for Italian textile production and trade in the first quarter of 2010, plus a larger than expected attendance at the season's yarn fairs.

In reality, only in China does recovery appear to be going ahead unchecked. In this connection it is interesting to note that visitors from China ranked among the top 15 for the first time ever at the Pitti Immagine Filati yarn fair in Florence. And at the now much reduced Expofil yarn fair in Paris—an event once reserved exclusively for European spinners—nearly 45% were from outside Europe. Four exhibitors were from China or Hong Kong.

The two factors which emerged most strongly at the fairs were the use of natural fibres and concern for the environment. The growing ecological awareness of consumers is motivating spinners not only to source their materials from eco-friendly sources but also to devise production techniques which save energy and do not harm the environment.

There was also a notable increase among the yarns on show—now aimed almost exclusively at the upper end of the market—in the prevalence of fancy yarns, such as chenilles, bouclés, or yarns which are brushed or felted. Wool remains the key fibre for winter. However, in response to concerns as to how consumers perceive the comfort of wool garments worn next to the skin, superfine wools are being used to provide softness in multi-plied yarns for chunkier, heavier knits.

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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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