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Nov 012010
 

Brazil, which is the largest country in South America and the world’s fifth largest country in geographical area and population is the sixth largest textile producer in the world. The textile industry is analyzed as $51 billion in 2010. In addition the textile industry employs 1.65 million employees and also represents 17.5% of the country’s overall GDP.

Brazil’s textile industry suffered from first increase in the cotton prices, second decline in the world supply, third 20-30% decrease in domestic cotton production due to drought then got hit by the contract defaults. Brazil’s import is expected to reach to 1.38 million bales this year with an increase of 150,000 bales when compared to last year. The 10% tariff put on cotton imports is already damaged the imports. The United States which is the biggest cotton exporter in the world already set the amount of cotton export as 900,000 bales to Brazil.

Cotton Prices Hit the Record High

China which is the biggest producer and consumer of cotton in the world got hit by the decrease in the cotton production this year. In 2009 the cotton output in China was 6.95 million tons, this year it is expected as 6.4 million ton with a deficit of 550,000 tons. According to a recent report the world’s overall cotton production will be 96,000 tons less than the previous forecasts which was 25.06 million tons.

The flood in Pakistan destroyed the 1.1 million acres of land that cotton grows, and then the weather in China affected the crop harvest. After all of these demand increased and supply decreased throughout the world, the cotton prices hit the record of $1.20 a pound in New York. The price of cotton is also expected to gain more value if the domestic and international supplies continue to decrease.

Oct 272010
 

South Africa which is the largest retail market in Africa and 20th in the world is gaining momentum in its retail industry. In 2009 the retail market was in total of $82.7 billion but is expected to grow 5% continuously between 2010 and 2014 periods. In 2014 it is forecasted as $118.7 billion which is almost 44% increase in 5 years in the whole retail market. Since there are shopping centers everywhere and keeps adding, the strong consumer confidence and high public spending helps to analyze the future forecasts. It is expected that clothing, furniture, home textiles, cosmetics and consumer electronics will be the leaders in capturing the highest market share.

Pakistan Will Double Its Imports

In July, 2010 the heavy monsoon rains started and continued till august in Pakistan. It is estimated that more than 2000 people died and over 1 million homes destroyed. Meanwhile the 1.1 million acres of land that cotton grows has been lost. That lost is accounted around 3.5 million bales of cotton. Pakistan, has the population of 170.6 million citizens, which is the world’s fourth biggest producer of cotton will double its 2010-2011 imports on cotton primarily pima cotton. The 52% in textiles export is the biggest number in the country’s overall economy and the textile industry employs 3.5 million employees. The increase in the cotton prices also affected the textile industry as well as Pakistan.

Oct 212010
 

According to a recently done research consumers focused on their needs rather than their wants. It is also found out that they pay more attention to on sale items rather than full priced products.

One third of the respondents are confident about the strong economy. Almost half of the respondents said they would like to be practical in their purchasing options. One quarter of the responders said they only purchase clothing when there is a sale and the rest also said they usually buy on sale.

In the report it is also found out that home décor, and bath textiles market, and  is up, but home improvement and garden is down when compared to last year.

Oct 202010
 

The unexpected increase in the silk yarn prices has decreased the purchasing power of weavers. Some of the looms have been closing down, leaving contract weavers and jobless employees behind. In the State of Assam which is the northern state of India, master weavers are agreed that under these conditions it’s hard to maintain and continue doing heritage business.

In January 2010, one kilogram of silk yarn was $32.42 but when in the months of July and August the prices jumped up to $56.67, which is almost 75% in 8 months. It is also expected to increase more.

Oct 162010
 

Tanzania which is the fifth cotton producer in Africa, is going to produce genetically-modified cotton or BT cotton. Government and private sector will work co-operatively on credit extensions.

In Tanzania this season the total production is estimated 90.000 tons, by 2014-15 with the help of BT cotton, the total production will be 260.00 tons which triples the overall cotton output.

GM cotton has become widespread in 2007 by covering 15 million hectares or 43% in the whole worlds production area. Mostly BT cotton grows in India and the US, but it can also be found in China, South Africa, Australia, and South America as well. The BT cotton has a substance called BT toxin which protects cotton against herbicides or insecticides.

Oct 112010
 

According to the report of U.S. Department of Agriculture, the US cotton crop production will be 0.2 percent bigger than last months estimate. According to the report the overall production will be 18.87 million bales (1 Bale is around 480 pounds or 218 kilograms), up from the 18.84 million bales estimated in September. When compared with last years harvest season there is a 55% increase in bales production.

Since the weather was good in Texas and Mississippi Delta region the production boosts. Texas is the number one in cotton production domestically. The world output is expected to be 116.7 billion bales.

Oct 082010
 

In China, due to the bad weather, harvest of cotton is delayed, therefore there is a big increase in demand for cotton from textile mills. According to Department of Agriculture, US export increased 54% in upland cotton. China is the biggest buyer with 42%, the most of any country. Fiber prices increased around 61% in the past year.

According to Cotton Advisory Committee the world cotton production is expected to increase 16% to 25.2 million tons this year when compared to last year’s 21.8 million tons.

As the cotton prices are going up, the prices in the finished textile products are also going up. Some of the products affected include clothing, rugs, towels, bath textiles, curtains, and linens. According to a UK based clothing maker, the clothing prices can increase as much as 8% next year. They also added that the companies that have a very good quality line doesn’t want to add polyester-blends to cotton which will decrease the cost but also decreases the quality as well.

Oct 072010
 

A very well known UK based textile chain will be using two million recycled bottles to create three hundred million clothing care labels.

A very well known men’s apparel company has launched its new collection of men’s trousers made of Repreve recycled fiber. Repreve is a yarn made of recycled materials such as plastic bottles and manufacturing waste. Repreve fiber is being used in different industries such as home furnishings, office furnishings, hospitality, apparel, socks, and sewing thread, industrial, automotive, military and medical.

Repreve is a very good example of eco-friendly yarn that becomes widely used in different range of products world wide.

Oct 042010
 

First time since 1995 the price of one pound cotton passed 1 dollar. The demand from textile producers outpaced the supply, the global inventories are declining. China which is the leading producer and receiver in the world, may increase its imports due to a 13 percent decline in the cotton production. According to the chairman of Gill & Co. which is a Mumbai based trader, they are expecting a 10 to 15 cents increase in a pound of cotton in the next 15 to 30 days.

Cotton Prices are Doubled in Turkey

Turkey is one of the major towel manufacturers in the market. According to the president of chamber of commerce in turkey, 100% increase in cotton prices affected the textile market very deeply. Towel manufacturers and textile companies are having hard times even in giving prices to their potential customers. According to the president of ATEKS, a Turkish based textile company, white gold (cotton) has a very sharp increase in the world market and the production has to be strengthening in order to get better quality cotton. He also adds that the increase in cotton prices passed the increase in gold prices throughout the world.

Oct 032010
 

Bamboo Towels

Towels are mostly made of cotton fibers. Nowadays, there are different types of fibers being used to manufacture towels, bathrobes, bath mats and bath textiles.

American Upland Cotton: which grows in the South, from Virginia to Oklahoma and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California has short and durable fibers.

Egyptian Cotton: is known with its durability and absorbency. Egyptian cotton has extra long staple length grows in Egypt, which allows to produce luxurious towels worldwide.

Pima Cotton: which is considered as the highest quality cotton among those grows in US. Pima name is given after the Pima Indians who helped to develop this cotton type. This extra long staple cotton provides shiny, durable and firm fiber. Supima is the trademark that appears on products entirely made of pima cotton.

Sea Island Cotton: grows in the West indies and the islands of South Carolina and Georgia coast, known with its long staple and silky texture.

Organic Cotton: grows without using any pesticides, insecticides and defoliants. SKAL certified organic cotton is tested and verified according to international organic farming standards.

Turkish Cotton: grows in the Aegean and southeastern part of Turkey known with its strength and natural shine. The long staple fiber gives durability and softness.

Bamboo Fiber: is gaining popularity in the last 5 years. It is known as highly absorbent, antibacterial, soft and quick drying.

Microfiber: is a blend of polyester and polyamides which is a man made fiber known with its softness.

Linen: is made of fibers of the flax plant which is known with its smoothness and strength.

Oct 032010
 

India which is the second largest exporter in cotton and cotton products such as towels, bathrobes and bath linens is getting a pressure from textile producers. They claim that the increase in demand for cotton already passed the supply and they are afraid of not having enough raw materials for themselves.

Therefore, they put pressure on the government in imposing an export ban on textile, however Indian government already imposed a partial ban but sector representatives are not happy. They say they are having hard times to get enough raw materials for their productions, and they would like from government to impose a ban entirely on export.