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China is the world's leading supplier of home textiles, with exports in 2004 rising 24 percent to reach $4.7 billion. The elimination of quotas on certain home textile products in January 2005 helped accelerate export growth even further. Overseas shipments in the first five months of 2005 amounted to $2.2 billion soaring 40 percent year-on-year.

However, the steep rise in exports raised an alarm in the US and the EU, resulting in safeguard actions from the two regions. While China agreed to limit exports of bed and table linen to the EU, the US has begun investigating the surge in shipments of drapery. If the quotas are reinstated, the limits could be determined by the last quarter of the year. Similar action on bed linen is also possible from the US, as exports in the line increased by 77.6 percent in the period January to May 2005 from a year ago.

The following are some of the trends we see in China's home textiles export industry:

Embargoes on exports to the EU will not greatly affect the industry, as the region accounts for only 14 percent of total home textile exports from China. However, limits on shipments to the US, China's top export market for home textiles, could slow the industry's growth rate.

Many suppliers will raise prices in coming months. However, most will limit the increase to 10 percent, mainly because of competition in the industry. Some companies will even drop export prices, although by only about 5 percent.

Many China makers have started shifting emphasis to alternate markets in anticipation of the export restrictions. Shipments to Japan and Australia, therefore, should rise in the next six to 12 months. Some companies have also started to increase sales to the domestic market.

Although OEM orders will continue to dominate production, many suppliers will enhance their in-house R&D capability in order to distinguish themselves from other makers.

Suppliers will use more environment-friendly materials and functional fabric, especially for bedding and towels. These include antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and nonflammable fabric, and those made of natural fibers such as soybean.

China's home textile exports are dominated by bedding, towels, table linen and drapery. Bedding, the largest line, totaled US$2.9 billion in exports in 2004 posting a year-on-year growth rate of 52.6 percent. These figures exclude quilted products. The second largest export category, towels rose to US$1.2 billion clocking a 16.5 percent growth rate, while drapery exports amounted to US$912 million, increasing 40 percent. Table linen raked in US$372 million worth of exports, growing moderately by 20.7 percent.

These four product categories are also the scope of this report. The Products & Prices section discusses the features and prices of these major home textile types. The R&D/design module details the steps being taken by companies to improve functionality.

Production and QC testing procedures in a typical home textile factory are discussed in the Manufacturing section.

With more than 3,000 small, midsize and large suppliers, the home textiles industry in China is diverse and multifaceted. While most makers can produce several home textiles, many specialize in certain products. The Industry Overview section in this report elaborates on the industry composition, highlighting the key advantages of sourcing from different types of suppliers.

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225 top-selling export products  
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In the first five months of 2005, home textile exports from China soared nearly 40% from the previous year, to reach US$2.2 billion.

Although the US and EU have initiated safeguards designed to limit exports, most China suppliers are increasing production in anticipation of further dramatic growth.

How can you source most effectively in this volatile environment? Which product areas offer the best opportunities? What trends will dominate the market tomorrow?

Find out in this new report. With a comprehensive industry overview, profiles of scores of suppliers and much more, it ensures you'll stay ahead of your competition.

  Suppliers: 90  Products: 225  Pages: 136  Published: Aug 05  Price: US$445
All information contained in China Sourcing Reports is the result of original, independent and impartial research conducted by Global Sources analysts.    Apparel Search is working in association with Global Sources to help promote this sourcing report to the international fashion community.  If you have questions about the report or status of your orders, please e-mail Xue Mei for further assistance.
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