Issue 215 of Textile Outlook International has now been published


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Issue 215 of Textile Outlook International has now been published and contains the following reports…

Editorial: Apparel brands intensify collaboration with supply chains, prompted by the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles Buy this report now
Major apparel brands are intensifying collaborations with their supply chains in response to the ambitious EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, which was published by the European Commission in March 2022. Furthermore, the strategy has prompted several organisations to launch new initiatives which are aimed at promoting recycling and circularity. For example, Euratex (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation) has launched an initiative called ReHubs which calls for the establishment of 150-250 dedicated new recycling centres in Europe in the next few years. The aim of the initiative is to achieve the fibre-to-fibre recycling of 2.5 mn tons a year of Europe’s textile waste by 2030. Elsewhere, the CISUTAC (Circular and Sustainable Textiles and Clothing) project aims to remove bottlenecks in the supply chain where they pose a barrier to achieving circularity. The project will develop new, sustainable and integrated large-scale European value chains in order to minimise the total impact of the textile and clothing industry on the environment. A number of apparel brands are backing work in Scandinavia on the development of new cellulosic fibres made from textile waste. Elsewhere, the brand Napapijri, which is owned by VF Corporation, is employing mono-materials in the manufacture of its Circular range of outdoor jackets while C&A and Primark have entered into new agreements with Recover—a producer of high quality recycled fibres which have a low impact on the environment—to employ recycled cotton fibres and cotton fibre blends in the manufacture of their products. Hugo Boss, meanwhile, has entered into a partnership agreement with the textile chemicals company HeiQ for the supply of AeoniQ yarn, which is recyclable and made using a closed-loop process.

World textile and apparel trade and production trends: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, October 2022 Buy this report now
This latest edition of our flagship series of reports contains statistical data, information and insight into the textile and apparel industries in East Asia. In particular, it identifies important trends and includes information on: textile and clothing production; textile and clothing imports by importing country and supplying country; and textile and clothing exports by exporting country and destination country. Also, it discusses industry strategy and provides an outlook for the future. The report presents a wealth of information, and is essential for anyone who is considering sourcing from, selling to or investing in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and their export markets. China continued to be the world’s largest producer and exporter of textiles and clothing in 2021. Furthermore, clothing exports from the country rose during the year but textile exports declined. In Hong Kong domestic exports and re-exports of textiles and clothing rose following several successive years of decline. Also, there were rises in textile and clothing exports from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In Japan there was an increase in textile production but clothing production declined, and in South Korea and Taiwan there were increases in textile production and clothing production.

Survey of the European yarn fairs for autumn/winter 2023/24 Buy this report now
The European yarn fairs for the autumn/winter 2023/24 season were held in a hesitant spirit, reflecting economic uncertainties affecting the whole of the textile and clothing industry. The industry has faced persistent disruptions to supply chains caused by lockdowns imposed in major textile and clothing producing countries in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, the war in Ukraine has introduced additional challenges—including difficulties in procuring raw materials and sharp increases in fuel and energy costs. At the same time, calls for the European textile and clothing industry to take action to reduce the damaging impact of its operations on the environment have intensified. It was evident at the European yarn fairs that many exhibitors had acknowledged these calls in the development of their product ranges. Many had turned to using recycled waste materials, such as post-consumer waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles in a bid to improve their sustainability credentials. However, claims made about the environmental sustainability of such materials faced some challenges, given that synthetic fibres are known to be a cause of microplastics pollution. Meanwhile, some exhibitors had implemented strategies aimed at reducing energy and water consumption and others had replaced materials derived from petroleum with natural materials. Yarns made from natural fibres, including merino wool and rare varieties of cotton, were especially popular. In terms of colour, yarns at the fairs were rich and earthy—although there were some exceptions to this trend—and grey was prominent.

Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in India, 2022 Buy this report now
This report looks at the development of the textile and clothing industry in India, its size and structure, and textile and clothing production and consumption. In addition, the report features: a geographical, political and economic profile; a detailed look at the country’s imports and exports; a review of government policies and investment incentives; an analysis of the industry’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT); and a look at India’s infrastructure and human resources and how these affect the industry. India ranks as the world’s second largest producer of textiles and clothing after China, and is the sixth largest exporter of textiles and clothing to international markets. The textile and clothing industry represents one of the country’s most important industrial sectors. In fact, it is India’s largest manufacturing activity, and in 2021/22 it accounted for about 7% of India’s industrial production and 10% of its national export earnings. The importance of the industry to India’s economy is recognised by the Indian government in its provision of substantial assistance and support.

Heimtextil 2022: trends, developments and innovations in home textiles Buy this report now
The 2022 edition of Heimtextil—the world’s largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles—was held in a positive spirit, despite economic and political uncertainties affecting the textile industry. The fair was the first Heimtextil to be held since 2020 and it represented a return to business as usual following the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the fair in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One highlight of the 2022 edition of the fair was the Trend Space, which was dedicated to the presentation of design trends in architecture, art, fashion and interior design for 2022/23. Another highlight was a lecture called Future Materials Library which showcased environmentally sustainable materials and innovations produced by companies which share a goal to transition from a linear economy to a circular economy. Materials and innovations in the lecture were presented in four categories, namely Harvesting Waste Streams, Regenerative Crops, Remade Fibres, and Sustainable Colour. Themes within each category were reflected in the materials presented by exhibitors at the fair.

Textiles and apparel business update, October 2022 Buy this report now
Environmental sustainability is of growing importance within the global fibre, textile and apparel industry, and pressures to improve their sustainability credentials have prompted several companies to adapt their business strategies. This report provides information on the latest business developments in relation to environmental sustainability with a particular focus on: circularity; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; new facilities; recommerce; and recycling. Furthermore, the report includes information and insight relating to the following innovative brands, companies and other organisations: Allbirds; Archroma; Avantium; Carbios; CleanKore; Epic Group; Euratex (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation); the European Commission; Fashion for Good; HeiQ; Infinited Fiber Company; lululemon athletica (lululemon); Novoloop; Polybion; Puma; Recover; Spinnova; Stony Creek Colors; Sysav; Trove; and VF Corporation.

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