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Textile Outlook International
Issue 173:
February 2015

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Editorial: Heimtextil goes from strength to strength and hosts a digital textile printing conference for the second year running
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, February 2015 (37 pages)
Sourcing apparel from Kenya and Ethiopia (29 pages)
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, February 2015 (52 pages)
Product developments and innovations in the home textiles market, February 2015 (26 pages)
Global and regional trends in mill consumption of textile fibres, February 2015 (26 pages)

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Editorial: Heimtextil goes from strength to strength and hosts a digital textile printing conference for the second year running
published in Issue 173, February 2015  


The 2015 edition of Heimtextil - the world's largest trade fair for home and contract textiles - was held in Frankfurt, Germany, during January 14-17, 2015. The fair attracted a large number of visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, affirming Heimtextil's reputation as one of the most important and most international home textiles fairs. At Heimtextil, visitors had the opportunity to browse the latest product developments in the sectors of bathroom textiles, bedding, bed linen, floor coverings and wallpapers. In addition, exhibitors and visitors were invited to explore the Heimtextil Theme Park - an exhibition space showcasing the 2015/16 home textile trends identified by the highly regarded Heimtextil Trendtable. Another highlight at the fair was the European Digital Textile Conference, during which industry experts discussed the potential for digital printing in the home textiles market. In this report, Robin Anson discusses some of the highlights of Heimtextil 2015 and its significance for the home textiles market. Also, he reports on the key discussion topics at the European Digital Textile Conference and provides an outlook for the future of digital textile printing.

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 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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