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Textile Outlook International
Issue 95:
September 2001

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Editorial: September 11 and its Aftermath: Is a Global Downturn in Textiles and Apparel Inevitable?
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2001
Profiles of 12 US Apparel Companies
Textile Chemicals: Profiles of Five Global Players
Profiles of Chargeurs and DMC
Outlook for the US Apparel Industry

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Profiles of Chargeurs and DMC

published in Issue 95, September 2001  

The two French companies Chargeurs and DMC are diversified concerns with global interests. Both have faced difficult trading conditions in recent years and both have made considerable efforts to refocus and streamline their businesses.

Chargeurs has weathered the vicissitudes of the past few years rather better than DMC, and claims world leadership in four main areas—wool processing, wool-based fabrics, interlinings and protective films. The group has introduced a programme of corporate reengineering which releases cash for investment, acquisition and share buy-backs, and minimises working capital requirements.

DMC has been forced to refocus its activities, having incurred net losses averaging 11.3% of its turnover between 1996 and 2000. In particular, the company has withdrawn from the printed fabrics sector, formerly an important business for the group, and has been withdrawing from the household textiles and trimmings sectors. DMC has chosen instead to concentrate on the crafts sector—within which

DMC is a world leader in embroidery thread—and on casualwear. The US apparel industry has been changing rapidly since the mid- 1990s. Although it has benefited from strong economic growth, it has been increasingly squeezed by a shift in discretionary consumer expenditure to other items. It has also suffered from rapid import growth, although a significant and growing proportion of imports is controlled by apparel manufacturers themselves.

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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.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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