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Textile Outlook International
Issue 162:
June 2013

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Editorial: Texprocess Innovation Award winners address issues of colour variation, energy usage, labour costs, productivity, quality control, skills shortages and waste
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: South-East Asia, July 2013 (29 pages)
Survey of the European fabric fairs for spring/summer 2014 (27 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, June 2013 (16 pages)
Product developments and innovations in the home textiles market, June 2013 (20 pages)
Profile of H&M: a leader in eco chic

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Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, July-August 2003

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World fibre demand underwent a strong recovery in 2002. Output was up by 4.8% to 52.08 mn tons following a minuscule 0.3% rise in 2001. The fastest growth in 2002, at 6.7%, was in man-made fibres. Indeed, output reached a record 30 mn tons. Within this total, synthetic fibres staged a sharp recovery after falling in 2001 for the first time. Polyester expanded the fastest although acrylic fibres enjoyed a turnaround after falling in the previous year. Cellulosic fibres also enjoyed a recovery.

There was also an increase in the demand for natural fibres in 2002. But at only 2.4%, the rise failed to prevent a decline in the share of natural fibres to its lowest point ever. Also, the rise was confined to cotton as wool buyers were deterred by high prices. That said, the rise in the cotton price has stalled and is unlikely to average more than 63 cents per lb in the next season.

Demand for wool is likely to remain depressed as Chinese industry growth falters, Japanese spinners relocate to low cost countries, and EU textile firms suffer from the strengthening of the euro. Prices are firming but only because of concerns over output. The Australian clip has been affected by drought and falling sheep numbers as farmers are tempted by high meat prices.

In synthetic fibres, production trends were mixed in industrialised countries and output was down in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, output grew significantly in India and Thailand and growth in Chinese output hit exports from China’s near-neighbours. China now accounts for 31.8% of world synthetic fibre production and, with further trade liberalisation in prospect, the country looks set to increase its share further. Moreover, this increase in share will be at the expense not only of developed countries but also of other developing countries.

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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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