Worth Reading – Issue 211 of Textile Outlook International has now been published and contains the following reports

Editorial: Will higher cotton prices hit the apparel market in 2022? Buy this report now
Global prices of raw cotton almost doubled between April 2020 and November 2021, after a period of decline resulting from mill closures and declining retail demand stemming from social distancing measures put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19. The hike can be attributed partly to continued trade tensions with China and a US ban on imports of cotton grown in Xinjiang province, China, in response to allegations that Uyghur Muslims were being subjected to serious human rights abuses. Despite the hike in raw cotton prices, US apparel import prices were down in 2021. However, there were indications towards the end of 2021 that import prices were beginning to rise and this is likely to continue into 2022. In October 2021 alone, for example, US import prices were up compared with 2020 as a whole in the case of yarn and apparel, and up sharply in the case of cotton textiles and cotton apparel. One key question is why the price of cotton increased when it did—given that demand in 2020 was weak with economies in lockdown, and in 2021 the industry was affected by shipping problems. However, government stimulus programmes were pumping money into economies around the world and setting the stage for inflation to creep into supply chains. Also, China purchased more US cotton in 2021 than it did in 2020 in order to meet the needs of mills which were looking to avoid using Xinjiang cotton. Additionally, demand for apparel rose in 2021 and so did US apparel imports. Admittedly, the jump in the cost of cotton for, say, a pair of jeans is small retrive their wholesale price. But each stage of the supply chain—spinning, weaving and knitting—will try to add a little more to the prices they charge for their products, resulting in a cumulative increase in cost for apparel companies.

World textile and apparel trade and production trends: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, December 2021 Buy this report now
This latest report in our flagship series contains statistical data, information and insight into the textile and apparel industries in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The report presents a wealth of information, and is essential for anyone who is considering sourcing from, selling to or investing in these countries or their export markets. In particular, the report includes detailed information on domestic production and exports of textiles and clothing by type and destination.

Survey of the European fabric fairs for autumn/winter 2022/23 Buy this report now
This latest update in this series of reports summarises the trends which were on show at the European fabric fairs for the autumn/winter 2022/23 season. The fairs were held in a positive spirit, and there was a feeling that trade had begun to improve after being heavily impacted in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fancy fabrics, especially fancy fabrics decorated with metallic fibres and embellishments, were plentiful, reflecting the general spirit of the trends for the autumn/winter 2022/23 season. Indeed, the season is forecast to be particularly colourful compared with previous seasons and eccentric and psychedelic print and pattern designs looks set to be widely embraced. There was a strong focus at the fairs on environmental sustainability, and plant-based materials were especially important. Also, there was an emphasis on linen fabrics and fabrics made using fibres derived from banana, pineapple and agricultural waste. Another key trend at the fairs was that of antiviral and antibacterial fabrics, which has been driven by an increase in consumer demand for such fabrics throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Exhibitors at the fairs agreed that awareness of antiviral and antibacterial fabrics had been brought to the forefront as a result of the pandemic and this had driven manufacturers to pursue innovation on a large scale.

Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Pakistan, 2021 Buy this report now
The textile and clothing industry in Pakistan constitutes the country’s most important industrial activity by far and fulfils a crucial economic role. It provides direct employment for around 15 mn people, representing about 40% of the country’s total industrial workforce. In addition, it provides support for over 10 mn farming families, reflecting Pakistan’s status as a major producer of raw cotton. Despite its importance to the Pakistani economy, the textile and clothing industry has been allowed to stagnate in recent years. Investment in the industry has fallen, and the industry has had to grapple with chronic power shortages and turmoil stemming from highly volatile political circumstances. Also, the quality of Pakistani cotton—its main raw material—has been lowered through bad practices. This report looks at the development of the textile and clothing industry in Pakistan, its size and structure, and its production and consumption of textiles and clothing. The report also features: a geographical, political and economic profile; a detailed look at Pakistan’s imports and exports of textiles and clothing; a review of the policies and investment incentives provided by the Pakistani government; an appraisal of Pakistan’s infrastructure and human resources; and an examination of the industry’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

Textiles and apparel business update, December 2021 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: corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate strategy; environmental sustainability; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; new facilities; recycling; and traceability. Furthermore, the report includes information and insight relating to the following innovative brands, companies and other organisations: Aquafil, BlockTexx, the California Carpet Stewardship Program, Canopy, Eurofins, Fashion for Good, Genomatica, Higg, Infinited Fiber Company, the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry (International Accord), Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co, lululemon athletica (lululemon), The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), Natural Fiber Welding (NFW), Newlight Technologies, Nike, The North Face, Origin Materials, Patagonia, PrimaLoft, Puma, The Renewal Workshop (TRW), Renewcell, SGS, Södra, Spinnova, Suzano, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and The ZDHC Foundation.

Trends in world textile and clothing trade, 2021 Buy this report now
This latest update of this series of reports contains the most recent comprehensive statistical data, information and insight into global textile and clothing trade. The report identifies key trends, and includes information on textile and clothing deficits and surpluses and it analyses the trade activities of the world’s leading textile and clothing exporting and importing countries and regions. The report presents a wealth of information and it is essential for anyone involved in buying or sourcing textiles and clothing.

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