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Textile Outlook International
Issue 94:
July 2001

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Editorial: Is There a Future for Apparel Manufacturing in the USA?
Profile of VF Corporation
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2001
Profile of William Baird
World Capacities and Shipments of Textile Machinery
Global Apparel Sourcing: Options for the Future

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World Capacities and Shipments of Textile Machinery
published in Issue 94, July 2001  


The international textile machinery market enjoyed a major recovery in 2000, in both spinning equipment and weaving machinery.

Deliveries of short-staple spindles (on a comparable basis) rose by 50% in 2000, thereby reversing a fall of 34% in 1999. Shipments of long-staple spindles increased by 43%, after a 16% decline in 1999. Open end rotors—which are based on a newer technology—were also up by 50% following a 44% drop in 1999.

Weaving machinery manufacturers also did well in 2000. Deliveries of shuttleless looms, the more advanced technology, were up by 35% after two years of continuous decline. Shuttle loom shipments continued to fall, albeit by a marginal 2%. But shuttle looms now account for only a small proportion of global weaving machinery shipments.

By far the biggest market for open end rotors in 2000 was China with almost one-third of all purchases. Some way behind were Turkey, Brazil, the USA and India. China also dominated the market for shuttleless looms with almost 60% of global purchases. About 5% went to Taiwan and a similar percentage went to South Korea. Outside Asia, the two biggest markets were Italy and Turkey. Among the fastest growing markets for shuttleless machines in 2000 were Turkey (up 302%), China (up 120%) and South Korea (up 47%). However, the Taiwanese market declined for the third year in succession in 2000 with shipments down by 29%.

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