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Textile Outlook International
Issue 130:
July-August 2007

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Editorial: Organic Cotton: Small But Growing (3 pages)
Profile of H&M: A Pioneer of Fast Fashion (26 pages)
Developments in Apparel Technology (23 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2007 (57 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, July-August 2007 (35 pages)
Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015 (16 pages)

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Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015

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Manufacturers and buyers of textiles and apparel have been forced to adapt to a plethora of changes in recent years. The global elimination of quotas at the end of 2004 has led to greater competition. At the same time, players in the sector are faced with rising and fluctuating raw material costs, and they are being subjected to ever greater demands by retail buyers in terms of product quality and delivery times. Quota elimination has, however, provided manufacturers with an opportunity to rationalise their supplier portfolio. Some have changed to different types of suppliers, while others have begun to develop strategic relationships with buyers in order to gain a competitive edge.

Faced with competitive pressures, manufacturers have invested in special capabilities, including total quality management systems, modern design facilities, logistics and transportation functionality, and information technology (IT) infrastructures. These capabilities enable producers to offer more to their customers. Those who have invested in them therefore stand to gain valuable competitive advantages.

As far as trade is concerned, world textile and apparel trade will double in the ten years to 2015. Within the overall total, the fastest growing category will be home textiles. However, textile sourcing as a whole will become more local. The future of world trade will also be affected by the rapid development of domestic markets for textiles and apparel in China and India. One consequence will be a stabilisation of export growth from these countries by 2012 as an increasing proportion of their production is diverted to their respective domestic markets. Meanwhile, there will be greater opportunities for other leading suppliers to US and EU markets. Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam will continue to gain market shares. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan could also become major forces. The period to 2015 will, in addition, see the emergence of regional textile and apparel production and exporting "hubs".

Table of Contents
Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015
  • Summary
  • Adapting Sourcing Strategies
  • Investing in Special Capabilities
  • Importance of Trade Agreements and Treaties for less Competitive Supplying Countries
  • Key Changes in World Textile and Apparel Markets to 2015
  • Key Trends in Textile and Apparel Trade to 2015
  • Prospects for Leading Suppliers to US and EU Markets

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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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