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Performance apparel markets: profile of Delta Galil: a global innovator in underwear, socks and seamless apparel, 4th quarter 2008
published in Issue 27, 4th quarter 2008
Delta Galil, an Israel-based clothing company, is a leading innovator in next-to-skin wear. Since its foundation in 1975, it has transformed itself from a small, local garment producer to a global organisation at the forefront of innovation in underwear, socks and seamless apparel.
The company expanded strongly in the 1990s and early 2000s, resulting in a substantial increase in its product design, development and manufacturing operations. Expansion also improved its access to key apparel markets in North America and Europe.
The Delta Galil name is relatively unknown by consumers outside Israel, but the company has gained a strong reputation among the world’s major retailers—including USA-based Wal-Mart and UK-based Marks & Spencer (M&S)—as well as key international brands such as Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss.
On the downside, the company has become heavily dependent on Wal-Mart and M&S for a large proportion of its revenues, and its sales and earnings have suffered over the past two years as business with these companies has fallen.
Nonetheless, the company is cautiously optimistic about its future prospects and will continue to focus sharply on product development. In particular, it plans to broaden its seamless product line, which is enjoying faster growth than more traditional lines such as socks and underwear. Overall, the company believes that its strategies of innovation and building close relationships with its customers will stand it in good stead in poor economic times.
Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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