Issue 213 of Textile Outlook International has now been published



Issue 213 og Textile Outlook contains the following reports:

Editorial: EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles threatened by reports of systemic greenwashing

Editorial: EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles threatened by reports of systemic greenwashing Buy this report now
The EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, which was published by the European Commission on March 30, 2022, aims to establish a thriving circular ecosystem for the textile and apparel industries in the 27 EU member states. In general, the strategy received an enthusiastic reception, and many industry stakeholders expressed hope that it would represent the beginning of a new dawn for the textile and apparel industries in the EU. However, the prospects for the strategy look bleak following the publication of three papers. One of the papers raises concerns about the ways the environmental impact of the fashion industry is being measured and reported. Another of the papers alleges that established organisations have failed to help brands address the damaging impact they have on the environment. The third paper exposes failings by some of the existing authorities to police greenwashing in the textile and apparel industries. In this report, Robin Anson examines the EU strategy and its implications for the EU textile and apparel industries, including the introduction of digital product passports and restrictions on exports of textile waste. Also, he investigates claims made in the three papers which threaten to overshadow the publication of the strategy entirely.

World textile and apparel trade and production trends: South-East Asia, May 2022 Buy this report now
This latest report in our flagship series contains 38 pages of statistical data, information and insight into the textile and apparel industries in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The report includes information on: clothing retail sales; exports by product type and destination; and production. Also, it provides analyses of developments in the South-East Asia region and government measures relating to the countries featured. The report presents a wealth of information and is essential for anyone who is considering sourcing from, selling to, or investing in these countries. Textile and clothing exports from Cambodia to the EU declined in 2021 and demand in this market is likely to remain subdued in the coming years following the EU’s decision to partially suspend Cambodia’s duty-free access to the EU market. Textile and clothing exports from Cambodia to the USA, by contrast, increased in 2021. Elsewhere, textile and clothing exports from Myanmar to the EU and US markets fell in 2021 while total textile and clothing exports from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam all rose.

Survey of the European yarn fairs for spring/summer 2023 Buy this report now
The latest update in this series of reports summarises the trends which were on show at the European yarn fairs for the spring/summer 2023 season. The fairs were held in a positive spirit, and there was a feeling that trade had begun to improve after being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and 2021. Having said that, there remain economic uncertainties which continue to make it difficult to plan for upcoming seasons, and these uncertainties were reflected in the colour trends presented at the fairs—which were restrained and mellow. There was a strong focus at the fairs on antiviral and antibacterial yarns, driven by an increase in consumer demand for these materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, environmental sustainability continued to be widely discussed and promoted at the fairs and exhibitors showcased innovations in biodegradable fibres and yarns. Another key trend at the fairs was that of yarns made from natural fibres, notably linen, merino wool and hemp. There was a particular focus on promoting the inherent properties of these fibres, including their breathability, moisture management and thermoregulation attributes. Also, traceability was high on the agenda for many exhibitors, and innovations in traceability technology were plentiful.

Cotton fibre prices, production and consumption forecasts, May 2022 Buy this report now
This report provides comprehensive analyses and forecasts of cotton fibre prices, production and consumption, and it equips strategic planners with information which enables them to predict the extent to which future changes in the cotton fibre price are likely to affect their businesses. In addition, it contains a detailed analysis of trends in cotton fibre prices and regional patterns of cotton fibre supply and demand for the 2021/22 season (August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022), and it provides an outlook for the 2022/23 season. Demand for cotton fibre will be lower than supply in 2021/22 with a resulting rise in stock levels. Despite these developments, there has been upward pressure on prices as a result of expectations of strong demand and also as a result of logistical issues which are impeding supply. Looking ahead, global consumption of cotton fibre is expected to rise, reflecting an improvement in immunisation against COVID-19 and robust demand in smaller Asian nations. However, production of cotton fibre is also predicted to rise. As a result, production will continue to exceed consumption and therefore downward pressure on the cotton price is expected.

Profile of Authentic Brands Group: transforming declining businesses into global brands Buy this report now
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, licensing and marketing company which owns a portfolio of global brands in the active and outdoor lifestyles, apparel, entertainment, home, luxe, media, street and wellness sectors. The company employs an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy which has enabled it to grow quickly since its founding in 2010. Notably, it has achieved success in acquiring businesses which are in decline or experiencing poor financial and operational performances and transforming them into popular household brands. In order to achieve success, ABG employs a licensing model which involves the outsourcing of manufacturing, distribution, wholesale and retail operations to strategic partners while maintaining control of marketing operations and product development. By 2024, the company plans to seek a listing via an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it will expand its licensing operations in international markets in order to strengthen its global footprint.

Trends in US textile and clothing imports, 2022 Buy this report now
This 2022 update contains analysis and insight into the USA’s top ten foreign suppliers of textiles and clothing in 2021, along with more specific information on US imports of cotton dresses, cotton knitted shirts, cotton non-knitted (woven) shirts, cotton skirts, cotton trousers, cotton underwear, man-made fibre bras, man-made fibre dresses, man-made fibre knitted shirts, man-made fibre skirts and man-made fibre trousers. The report also includes an outlook for 2022 and beyond, and a statistical appendix containing data on exchange rates and US imports of cotton coats, cotton pile towels, denim trousers, cotton and man-made fibre baby garments, other cotton apparel, and wool coats. In 2021 US textile and clothing imports rose in value to a record high—despite the fact that the rise followed a decline in the previous year, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was also a rise in US imports of textiles and clothing in volume terms and these reached a record high. Within the 2021 total, imports of apparel, fabrics and made-up textiles rose in volume terms to their highest levels on record. Imports of yarn also rose but remained below the levels seen in 2018 and 2019. The average price of US textile and clothing imports, meanwhile, fell for the tenth year in succession to a record low. This fall reflected a decline in the average price of textile imports as the average price of clothing imports remained unchanged. In terms of fibre type, man-made fibres continued to dominate US textile and apparel imports as a whole, and man-made fibre products accounted for the largest share of US apparel imports in 2021 for the eighth consecutive year. China remained by far the USA’s biggest textile and clothing supplier but its share of total US textile and clothing imports declined in volume terms and in value terms. Of the other nine supplying countries which ranked among the leading ten, there were double digit and triple digit increases in imports from all nine countries in value and volume terms. The fastest growth in value terms was in US textile and clothing imports from Honduras, followed by those from India, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mexico, but growth was more moderate in the case of imports from Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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