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Textile Outlook International
Issue 214:
July 2022

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Editorial: Sri Lanka's apparel industry—a silver lining in a dark cloud? (6 pages)
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: South Asia, July 2022 (28 pages)
Survey of the European fabric fairs for spring/summer 2023 (24 pages)
Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Sri Lanka, 2022 (49 pages)
Home textiles update, July 2022 (29 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, 2022 (68 pages)

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Editorial: Sri Lanka's apparel industry—a silver lining in a dark cloud?

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Sri Lanka is in crisis. The economy is in dire straits, inflation has soared and there are severe shortages of basic goods such as fuel and food. On July 13, 2022, it was reported that the then president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had fled the country following angry protests in the streets of Colombo and he later resigned. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the then prime minister, was quickly appointed as acting president and on July 20, 2022, he was elected president by the Sri Lankan parliament. Against this background of descent into economic and political chaos, the apparel industry appears to be one of only a few silver linings. Apparel exports in June 2022 shot up to a record monthly high compared with the corresponding month a year earlier. Furthermore, the value of apparel exports during January-June 2022 was significantly higher than in the corresponding period a year earlier, and the secretary general of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Yohan Lawrence, appears to remain broadly optimistic about the apparel industry's future. The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) has signed agreements worth US$76 mn relating to new investments and expansions in the textile and clothing industry for 2022, and a number of investors are reported to be looking at opportunities for investment in backward vertical integration—including raw material production. Backward vertical integration would enable the clothing industry to make greater use of preferential tariff concessions. Also, it would help to reduce the clothing industry's reliance on imports for its textile inputs and help to alleviate issues relating to the affordability of imported textile inputs following a plunge in the value of the Sri Lankan rupee. Furthermore, it would provide opportunities for the clothing industry to offer its customers shorter lead times. Much, however, will depend on the success of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding a programme for macrostabilisation.

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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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