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Textile Outlook International
Issue 154:
January 2012

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Editorial: Are Companies Sourcing Closer to Home as Uncertainty Continues in the Global Textile and Apparel Market?
World Markets for Babies' Garments: Global Trade and Leading Players (18 pages)
Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2012/13 (22 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, January 2012 (56 pages)
Carpet Recycling (18 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 2 -- fabric manufacture, January 2012 (48 pages)

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Editorial: Are Companies Sourcing Closer to Home as Uncertainty Continues in the Global Textile and Apparel Market?
published in Issue 154, January 2012  


The outlook for the global textile and apparel market in 2012 is clouded with uncertainty. Although increases in the prices of cotton and other raw materials have provided a short-term boost to the industry's revenues, they have harmed traders and producers who are left with inventories which they are unable to sell at their peak value. Faced with low consumer and business confidence in the economy, the industry around the world is now struggling to maintain prices, and international demand remains weak. In this report, Robin Anson looks at the short-term prospects for the textile and apparel industries in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, and analyses why companies are choosing to source from suppliers closer to home. There is also a special focus on China, with an analysis of the reasons why the country's grip on the world's textile and clothing markets may be weakening and what effect this may have on its industry. This report is essential for anyone wanting to find out what the future holds for the global textile and apparel market in the coming months.

Table of Contents
Editorial: Are Companies Sourcing Closer to Home as Uncertainty Continues in the Global Textile and Apparel Market?
  • Introduction
  • Prospects for Textile and Apparel Industries in Selected Countries
  • Conclusions

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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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