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Quality Cotton at Paris Trade Shows

COTTON USA, major apparel industry players at the Texworld and Première Vision trade shows in Paris, provided information on responsibly-produced U.S. cotton and global cotton market developments while continuing to promote U.S. cotton.

At Texworld, COTTON USA exhibited with Supima and at Première Vision jointly exhibited with Cotton Incorporated. The shows representing the largest combined exhibition of the world’s apparel manufacturers and provided a venue for COTTON USA to promote U.S. cotton and its global marketing and licensing program.

From China, India, Turkey and Malaysia, seven companies expressed interest in becoming COTTON USA licensees. Also at Texworld, 24 COTTON USA-licensed mills from China, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey displayed their products.

The information on the Cotton LEADS program and global developments in the cotton and apparel sectors is also supplied by booths in addition to sourcing support and COTTON USA licensing.

At the booths, various segments of the cotton textile supply chain met, and COTTON USA helped buyers and manufacturers looking for cotton garments and cotton yarn suppliers to identify new business contacts.

Including: Marks and Spencer, Brooks Brothers, G-Star, La Redoute, John Lewis, Next and Decathlon are international brands and retailers visited the booths. Approximately 70,075 visitors from 126 countries attended both fairs, with a total of 2,885 exhibitors from more than 60 countries.


Cotton USA Tour Focuses on Uniform Industry

To expand business between U.S. mills and the uniform industry, a key developing market for U.S. yarn and fabrics, the COTTON USA Sourcing Program hosted the Western Hemisphere Uniform Manufacturers Tour to the U.S. from Sept. 19 – 22. From Latin America and the U.S, thirty-nine companies joined the tour in Greenville, SC.

The aim of the COTTON USA Sourcing Program is to develop business relationships throughout the cotton textile and apparel chain with the objective of increasing exports of U.S.-manufactured cotton products to the Western Hemisphere. The tour is a signature event of the COTTON USA Sourcing Program.

Participants included 19 uniform manufacturers, seven U.S. uniform buying companies, 13 U.S. yarn and fabric mills from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

The tour launched with a conference session. This conference session featuring a panel of experts who addressed the cotton market outlook, cotton product innovations and quantifying the value of time. Following the conference, the U.S. mills and uniform companies met with Central American, Mexican and Andean garment manufacturing executives for private meetings to discuss business opportunities. They also visited with Cotton Incorporated and learned about their innovative new technologies.

The participating uniform U.S. uniform buyers included: Chefworks, Elbeco, OOBE, Propper, Superior, Timberland and VF.