ATLANTA — Material, that is, fabric and components, may be what exhibitors will be offering for sale at next week’s Material World, but the talk at most of the booths will likely focus on the question of where in the world is the best place to produce sewn products?

With the months counting down till 2005, when quotas will be lifted among the 144 World Trade Organization members, companies are wondering what will be the future of domestic production. China, with its huge population, cheap labor and well-established textile mills increasingly offering full-package production, is seen as likely to gain market share at the expense of Western Hemisphere countries.

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