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Nonwovens in China: Profiles of Eight Leading Manufacturers
published in Issue 56, 1st quarter 2004
Manufacturers of conventional textiles and apparel in the USA and Western Europe fear that a flood of imports from China will engulf their markets following the abolition of quotas at the end of 2004. US and West European nonwovens companies, by contrast, would appear to have little to fear.
Indeed, representative nonwovens bodies Edana (European Nonwovens and Disposables Association) in Europe and Inda (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in the USA are currently lobbying for a further lifting of global trading restrictions, including an end to any anti-dumping measures and restrictive rules of origin.
China’s nonwovens industry has grown by 10% a year over the last ten years. But both Inda and Edana are aware that expansion of this magnitude, although significant, is still insufficient to service the demands of a domestic market as the latter seems set to swallow up Chinese production for the foreseeable future.
This report examines the reasons for this, and presents profiles of eight Chinese nonwovens companies which are investing heavily in advanced European, US or Japanese technology, and are at the forefront of expansion of the country’s nonwovens industry.