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Textile Outlook International
Issue 131:
September-October 2007

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Editorial: Textiles and Clothing in China: Competitive Threat or Market Opportunity? (3 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2007 (76 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, September-October 2007 (26 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn and Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2008/09 (21 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 2 -- fabric manufacture, September-October 2007 (41 pages)
The Rise of Japanese Textile Suppliers to the US Automotive Industry

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World markets for textile machinery: part 2 -- fabric manufacture, September-October 2007

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2006 was a mixed year for the international fabric machinery market. Although deliveries of weaving machinery to the world?s mills increased significantly, knitting machinery deliveries fell. Once again, Chinese purchases dictated global shipments.

Shuttleless loom and shuttle loom deliveries rose at double- or tripledigit rates. In the case of shuttleless looms, the more advanced weaving technology, deliveries were up by 25% while shuttle loom shipments surged by as much as 958%, albeit from a small base. The 25% increase in shipments of shuttleless looms was due largely to a 29% rise in deliveries to Chinese mills. However, there were also sharp gains in other countries. The industries in Vietnam and Indonesia stepped up their purchases by no less than 185% and 178% respectively, and there were substantial increases in India, Turkey and Pakistan. In the case of shuttle looms, Chinese mills acquired 6,385 machines, or 91% of global deliveries, having purchased none in 2005.

The global market for circular knitting machinery, in contrast to that for weaving, was sluggish in 2006. Having said that, drops stayed within single digits. Shipments of single jersey circular knitting machines fell by 5.2% while double jersey machine deliveries declined by 9.8%. In both cases, falls in purchases by Chinese mills accounted for the entire drop in global shipments. In the case of single jersey machines, Chinese purchases were down by 14% while double jersey machine purchases were cut back by 13%.

In the flat knitting sector, there was a 17% decline in global shipments of hand knitting and semi-automatic knitting machines, but sales of electronic flatbed machines rose by 33%. The drop in the case of hand and semi-automatic flat knitting machinery was due largely to a 29% decline in shipments to Chinese mills?although there were also falls in shipments to the industries in Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong, India and Thailand. In the electronic flatbed knitting machinery market, Chinese mills accounted for the entire global rise as their purchases shot up by 166%. As a result, China became the largest buyer of these machines and replaced Hong Kong in the process. Hong Kong mills, meanwhile, purchased 21% fewer machines in 2006.

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