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Textile Outlook International
Issue 91:
January 2001

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Editorial: Southern Africa: Ramatex Hopes to Be the Early Bird That Catches the Worm
World Markets for Elastane (Spandex) Yarns
Profiles of Hualon and Apacinti
Trends in world textile and clothing trade, January-February 2001
Profile of Ramatex: A Malaysian Group with Investments in China and South Africa
Europe's Main Corporatewear Markets: Forecasts to 2010

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Profile of Ramatex: A Malaysian Group with Investments in China and South Africa

published in Issue 91, January 2001  

Ramatex is Malaysia’s largest, fully integrated textile and garment producer. The company was founded in 1982 as a knitting and dyeing business. Subsequent expansions took Ramatex into garment and yarn manufacture, and in 1997 the company established its first overseas production facility in China. By late 2000 Ramatex ranked 33rd among Malaysian companies on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

Furthermore, growth is set to continue. An investment of M$100 mn has been earmarked for the company’s facilities in Batu Pahat to boost output by 15-20%. Ramatex also has ambitious plans to establish textile and garment production in South Africa. This should place it in a strong position to take advantage of the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which came into force in October 2000.

Ramatex attributes much of its success to a reputation for competitively priced products and consistent quality. Its exports go to customers worldwide, and a large proportion is sold under well known international brand names - including Adidas, Champion, Fruit of the Loom, Gap, Gear, Nike, Puma, and Target. The company also pursues a strategy of investing in advanced production technology, and in research and development and information technology.

The phasing out of quotas by 2005 will expose Ramatex to greater international competition. But trade liberalisation will also open up new markets. Ramatex appears to be well placed to face the challenges which lie ahead, and to capitalise upon the opportunities.

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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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