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Knitwear Moves Up the Value Chain

Knitwear Moves Up the Value Chain

Higher materials prices and more demanding consumers are starting to move the market in a new direction. Materials prices have hit new highs, the major markets remain challenging and China’s domestic market is continuing to get even more competitive. Still, suppliers and buyers at Spinexpo Shanghai (March 13-15) were optimistic about the coming season.  Part of that is a result of the fair’s unique spirit, which combines innovation and inspiration on both the design an...
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Italian Fancy Yarns Find Their Way into China

Italian Fancy Yarns Find Their Way into China

It's a challenging market, but Italian spinners have finally found a way into China's complex supply chain.
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Chinese Demand Drives Up Wool Prices

Chinese Demand Drives Up Wool Prices

Merino costs rise as manufacturers move into high value products.Wool prices have surged this year, rising 45.7 percent with the average EMI (Eastern Market Indicator) going from US$8.05/kg to US$11.73/kg by the end of July. It is the highest level since 2011, according to AWI (Australian Wool Innovation Limited).The price spike is mainly for super fine gauge merino wool, with the margin between fine and coarse crossbred wool expanding from 10 percent to 25 percent over the past six months. The ...
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Spinexpo Paris:  Better Yarns Find a Strong Market in Europe

Spinexpo Paris: Better Yarns Find a Strong Market in Europe

Not surprisingly, Europe is the top market for better yarn suppliers, with buyers valuing quality and innovation (and are willing to pay more to get it).  So it was also not surprising that Spinexpo Paris (July 3-5, 2017) drew strong visitor attendance, especially from Germany, the UK and Scandinavia, as well as of course from France.The fair, which features commercially viable fashion yarns, seemed to offer buyers what they were looking for. Some new customers are coming and they are ...
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New York is About Niches

New York is About Niches

New brands are starting to fill in void that is being left as big buyers reduce orders. Mills came to New York this summer hoping to connect with American power buyers (those mega brands and retailers who can place those sought after volume orders), but what they found was a growing market of small to medium sized brands.That was not necessarily bad news.  For those mills that thrive on volume business, the summer fairs were a disappointment. But for an increasing number who are starti...
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