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Global apparel markets: business update, April 2017

Global apparel markets: business update, April 2017

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate strategy; events; investments in capacity expansions and new facilities; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; market forecasts; markets; and new stores. Companies, other organisations, brands and events featured in this report include: Amazon, Gap, H&M, House of Fraser, Huntsman Textile Effects, Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector (ICEC), Invista, Kornit Digital, Lenzing, MAS Holdings, Oeko-Tex, Peerless Clothing, ShangPin.com, Siam Pro Dyechem Group, Texprocess, The Fiber and Textile Chemicals Technology Division, Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, Topshop, TÜV SÜD, United Textiles of America (Unitexa), Viyellatex Group, Weddington Way, and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • Gap has acquired Weddington Way, an online retailer of bridesmaid dresses and wedding outfit accessories
  • CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
    • H&M has become the first fashion apparel company to join the Better Than Cash Alliance
    • Six additional companies have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme
  • CORPORATE STRATEGY
    • Invista is exploring "strategic alternatives" for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business
  • EVENTS
    • The 2017 edition of Texprocess will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, during May 9-12, 2017
  • INVESTMENTS IN CAPACITY EXPANSIONS AND NEW FACILITIES
    • A new synthetic filament yarn production facility will be established in Honduras
    • Lenzing will invest over Euro100 mn in the expansion of its
    • Expansion of production capacities in Europe
    • New Tencel fibre production facility in the USA
  • JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
    • Huntsman Textile Effects has signed a collaboration agreement with Viyellatex Group in Bangladesh
    • Kornit Digital has agreed to supply Amazon with direct-to-garment printers for the latter's Merch by Amazon programme
    • Tommy Hilfiger Licensing has entered into a licensing agreement with Peerless Clothing relating to Tommy Hilfiger's men's tailored clothing business
    • Topshop has entered into an agreement with ShangPin.com to open up to 80 Topshop and Topman stores in China Topshop and ShangPin.com will open up to 80 Topshop and Topman physical retail stores in China
  • MARKET FORECASTS
    • Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in Africa and the Middle East is forecast to grow by 5.0% per annum between 2016 and 2021
      • Table Africa and the Middle East: consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear, selected markets, 2012-21
  • MARKETS
    • US clothing imports were down in value and in volume in 2016
  • NEW STORES
    • House of Fraser has opened its first standalone store in China

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