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Home textiles business update, December 2015

Home textiles business update, December 2015

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the home textiles industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate social responsibility (CSR); distribution facilities; events; expansions; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; manufacturing facilities; markets; and retailing. Companies, other organisations, individuals, brands and events examined in this report include: Aéropostale, American Superba, Beaulieu Technical Textiles, Bedgear, de Bijenkorf, Debenhams, ED, Electronics For Imaging (EFI), Ethan Allen, Fung Retailing, Heimtextil, Himatsingka America, IKEA Foundation, IKEA Group, Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, JC Penney, John Lewis, Kate Spade & Company, Las Vegas Market, Lexmark Carpet Mills, Macy's, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), Milliken & Company, Northwest Carpet, Ontera Modular Carpets, Perry Ellis International, Reggiani Macchine, Revman International, Sequential Brands Group, Shaw Industries Group, Superba, The Freedonia Group, TJX Companies, Trade Secret, Unifi, the US Department of Commerce, Van de Wiele, Wayfair, and West Elm.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has acquired Reggiani Macchine
    • Lexmark Carpet Mills has acquired Northwest Carpet
    • Milliken & Company has acquired the assets of Ontera Modular Carpets
    • Sequential Brands Group has acquired Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO)
    • TJX Companies has acquired Trade Secret
    • Van de Wiele has acquired Superba and American Superba
  • CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
    • Beaulieu Technical Textiles has been awarded ISO 14001 environmental management system certification
    • IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation will invest a total of Euro1 bn in projects to reduce the impact of climate change
    • IKEA has announced that all cotton used in the manufacture of its products is being sourced from "more sustainable sources"
    • JC Penney has been awarded a Green Good Housekeeping Seal for its Royal Velvet Egyptian Cotton Solid Bath Towel
    • Milliken & Company will increase the amount of recycled materials in its modular carpet products
  • DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES
    • Wayfair will open a new distribution centre in Erlanger, Kentucky, USA
  • EVENTS
    • Las Vegas Market has introduced a new exhibition area for products for outdoor living spaces
    • The autumn 2015 edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles took place during August 26-28, 2015, in Shanghai, China
    • The number of digital print exhibitors who will be present at Heimtextil in 2016 will increase for the fourth consecutive year
  • EXPANSIONS
    • Bedgear has announced plans for global expansion
  • INVESTMENTS
    • Shaw Industries Group is investing in increasing carpet fibre production at its plant in Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
  • JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
    • Aéropostale has entered into a licensing agreement with Himatsingka America
    • Debenhams has entered into new licensing agreements in Australia and Vietnam as part of its plans for growth
    • ED has entered into a partnership with Revman International to develop ED brand bed linen and bath linen products
    • Kate Spade & Company has expanded its home textile product offerings
    • Macy's has entered into a joint venture called Macy's China Limited with Fung Retailing
    • Perry Ellis International has entered into a licensing agreement with Kaltex Home
  • MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
    • Ethan Allen will build a new manufacturing facility in Guanajuato, Mexico
    • Unifi will expand its Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina, USA
  • MARKETS
    • US imports of cotton bed sheets were up in value and volume in the first half of 2015
    • US imports of cotton bedspreads and quilts were up in value and volume in the first half of 2015
    • US imports of cotton terry towels and other pile towels were up in value but down in volume in the first half of 2015
    • US imports of man-made fibre floor coverings were up in value and volume in the first half of 2015
    • World demand for coated fabrics will reach 6.5 bn m2 in 2019
  • RETAILING
    • IKEA has opened its first Order and Collection Point store in the UK
    • John Lewis will open concessions in seven de Bijenkorf stores in the Netherlands
    • Macy's has opened a chain of discount stores called Macy's Backstage
    • West Elm has opened a concession in the John Lewis flagship store in London, UK

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