NEW YORK — For most of its centuries of relative isolation during the last millennium, the population and leaders of China regarded their country as the center of the world. In today’s textile industry, that point of view has been widely adopted — with the phaseout of quotas ticking closer, executives from all over the world make almost no strategic decisions without taking China’s influence into account.

That became clear at last week’s round of textile shows in New York, where companies from across Asia — from Turkey to Japan — showed their wares. Whether they used China as a foil — as did the Turks, who argued their quality was higher along with their prices — or saw it as an opportunity — as did the Japanese, several of whom said they were looking to move production into China where wages are lower — almost all of them were talking about China.

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