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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in the Czech Republic
published in Issue 136, July-August 2008
The textile and clothing industry in the Czech Republic accounts for 1.9% of total manufacturing activity in the country in terms of sales, and provides 5.1% of manufacturing employment. It also accounts for a significant share of exports. Some 80% of the textiles and clothing produced by the industry is sold abroad, mainly to EU countries. Czech textile and clothing firms benefit within the EU from their proximity to major markets. This gives them a distinct advantage—in an age of quick response and short fashion cycles—over their Asian competitors. Czech firms also benefit from a reputation for good quality. Labour costs are relatively low—especially in firms located close to Poland, where there are people willing to work in the Czech Republic for low wages. Czech firms also employ low cost labour originating in Mongolia, Russia and Ukraine.
The Czech textile and clothing industry is still recovering from decades of communist rule—when efforts were focused on exporting to the former Soviet bloc. When the regime broke down, the industry was privatised and firms turned once more to Western markets—helped by foreign investment from companies such as Marzotto of Italy, Schoeller Textil of Switzerland and Toray of Japan. However, faced with strong competition from Asian competitors, the industry has had to restructure and slim down extensively. Many companies have gone out of business—especially in clothing. The textile sector has also declined, but at a slower pace, and its turnover in 2007 was about four times that of clothing. Many textile firms are enjoying success by focusing on higher value products, including technical textiles, where pressure on prices is less intense than in consumer markets. Significantly, technical textiles represent the core business of four of the five biggest textile companies, namely Juta, Kordárna, Pegas and Technolen.
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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