Seven National & Regional Pavilions at Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Autumn

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles Autumn 2017 from August 23rd to 26th is the gateway to Asia’s home living market, and suppliers from around the world are eager to take part to capture the huge business potential in the region. Among the over 1,200 exhibitors, the show will have seven national and regional pavilions as well as four domestic regional pavilions, which maximize the exposure of companies to visitors. The international pavilions, which include Belgium, India, Korea, Morocco, Pakistan, Taiwan and Turkey, will be exhibiting specialized products, while domestic pavilions composed of Haining, Shaoxing, Tongxiang and Yuhang will present even more fabric options to buyers. The seven pavilions have been long-term

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Kurashiki Textile Mfg. Launches New Nonwoven Fabric Plant in China

Kurashiki Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a member of the Kurabo Group that manufactures nonwoven fabrics, disclosed that its new plant in Guangdong Province, China has commenced operations. The nonwoven fabrics produced at this new plant will be used mainly for the filters of air purifiers. China’s domestic demand is robust, and the company is considering carrying out capacity expansion ahead of schedule. Established in August last year as a wholly owned subsidiary (capital: US$1.9 million), it is the first overseas plant for the company. In the three-year business plan that started in fiscal year 2016, of which one of the main points is the expansion of overseas sales, the company

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Japan’s Chain Store Sales Decrease 1.5% in H1

The Japan Chain Stores Association (56 firms, 9,499 stores) reported that total sales at member stores during January-June 2017 decreased by 1.5% year-on-year on a same store basis to 6,308,951 million yen. While sales of food were comparatively vigorous, those of apparel and household goods were sluggish due to unseasonable weather, and the decreases were the greatest since the first half of 2013. First-half 2017 apparel sales decreased by 4.1% to 533,560 million yen. The decrease was greater than the 3.6% decrease in the first half of 2016. Although apparel sales showed an improvement with the decrease being 6.3% during January-March 2017 and 2.0% during April-June, the only increase over

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