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Home textiles business update, April 2018

Home textiles business update, April 2018

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the global home textiles industry and market in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; capacity expansions; corporate strategy; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; markets; new facilities; and retailing. Companies, other organisations and brands examined in this report include: Aquafil, Archroma, Asahi Kasei, Bassett Furniture Industries (Bassett), Bedgear, BekaertDeslee, Contract Decor International (CDI), Culp, De Rucci Beddings, Finlayson, Heritage Home Group (HHG), Jewel Branding and Licensing, Lenzing, Li & Fung, M Dohmen, Mitsui & Co (USA), Modern Nile Cotton, Oritain Global (Oritain), Outward, PurThread Technologies, Read Window Products, Restonic, Sanquhar Tile Services (STS), Shaw Industries Group (Shaw), Shipt, Soft-Tex, Supima, Target, Teijin Frontier, Trevira, United Furniture Industries, Valley Forge Fabrics, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • ARCHROMA HAS ACQUIRED A CONTROLLING STAKE IN TEXTILE DYES AND CHEMICALS SPECIALIST M DOHMEN
    • CULP HAS ACQUIRED READ WINDOW PRODUCTS
    • HERITAGE HOME GROUP HAS SOLD ITS LANEFURNITURE BUSINESS TO UNITED FURNITURE INDUSTRIES AND ITS LANE VENTURE BUSINESS TO BASSETT
      • Sale of Lane to United Furniture Industries
      • Sale of Lane Venture to Bassett
    • LI & FUNG HAS DIVESTED ITS BEAUTY, FURNITURE AND
    • SHAW INDUSTRIES GROUP HAS ACQUIRED SANQUHAR
    • TARGET HAS ACQUIRED SHIPT
    • VALLEY FORGE FABRICS HAS ACQUIRED CONTRACT
    • WILLIAMS-SONOMA HAS ACQUIRED OUTWARD
  • CAPACITY EXPANSIONS
    • ASAHI KASEI WILL EXPAND ITS CAPACITY FOR PRODUCING LAMOUS ARTIFICIAL SUEDE MATERIAL
    • BEKAERTDESLEE WILL EXPAND ITS CAPACITY FOR PRODUCING MATTRESS FABRICS AT ITS FACILITY IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA
    • SHAW INDUSTRIES GROUP WILL INVEST US$184 MN INITS MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN ANDALUSIA, ALABAMA, USA
  • CORPORATE STRATEGY
    • LENZING HAS DEVELOPED NEW BRANDING FOR ITS LYOCELL AND MODAL FIBRES
    • TREVIRA HAS LAUNCHED A NEW BRAND NAME FOR PRODUCTS WHICH INCORPORATE POLYESTER FIBRES AND YARNS DERIVED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS
  • JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
    • BEDGEAR HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH DE RUCCI BEDDINGS IN ORDER TO OPEN MORE THAN 500 SHOWROOMS IN CHINA
    • FINLAYSON HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH JEWEL BRANDING AND LICENSING
    • MITSUI & CO (USA) AND PURTHREAD TECHNOLOGIES HAVE ENTERED INTO A DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT RELATING TO THE INCORPORATION OF PURTHREAD'S PRODUCTS IN SOFT TEXTILE GOODS IN JAPAN
    • ORITAIN GLOBAL HAS ENTERED INTO PARTNERSHIPS WITH MODERN NILE COTTON AND SUPIMA RELATING TO ITS "FINGERPRINT" IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY
    • SOFT-TEX HAS ENTERED INTO A LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH RESTONIC IN ORDER TO MANUFACTURE AND SELL RESTONIC BRANDED BEDDING PRODUCTS
  • MARKETS
    • EU IMPORTS OF HOME TEXTILE PRODUCTS WERE UP IN VALUE AND IN VOLUME IN 2017
    • US IMPORTS OF COTTON BED SHEETS WERE DOWN IN VALUE AND VOLUME IN 2017
    • US IMPORTS OF COTTON BEDSPREADS AND QUILTS WERE UP IN VALUE AND VOLUME IN 2017
    • US IMPORTS OF COTTON TERRY TOWELS AND OTHER PILE TOWELS WERE UP IN VALUE AND VOLUME IN 2017
    • US IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE FLOOR COVERINGS WERE UP IN VALUE AND VOLUME IN 2017
  • NEW FACILITIES
    • AQUAFIL HAS OPENED A CARPET RECYCLING FACILITY IN THE USA
    • BEKAERTDESLEE IS BUILDING A NEW FACILITY CALLED BEKAERTDESLEE IDC
    • LENZING HAS OPENED AN APPLICATION INNOVATION CENTER (AIC) IN HONG KONG
    • TEIJIN FRONTIER HAS OPENED A NEW RESEARCH FACILITY IN THAILAND
  • RETAILING
    • WEST ELM HAS OPENED A CONCESSION IN THE ARNOTTS DEPARTMENT STORE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
    • WILLIAMS-SONOMA HAS LAUNCHED FOUR E-COMMERCE SITES IN CANADA

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