Bulletin II - 2015

 

Cotton Product Sourcing Situation and Outlook:

Cotton Apparel Imports Are Starting to Grow

Review of U.S. Imports January – June 2015

IDS International Development Systems Inc.

 
 

Overall U.S. apparel imports are up five percent by quantity and four percent by value during the first six months of 2015. U.S. cotton apparel imports are up by one percent compared to the same period one year ago. Twelve of the top twenty U.S. suppliers of cotton apparel products grew during the first six months of 2015. The strongest growth for cotton apparel made by the top apparel suppliers comes from second-ranked Vietnam and third-ranked Bangladesh.

 

Overall, Western Hemisphere countries are performing better than last year. U.S. cotton apparel imports from Western Hemisphere countries are up by less than one percent. Thirteenth-ranked Haiti is the fastest-growing supplier of cotton apparel among the top fifteen countries. Most of the other major Western Hemisphere producers also are shipping more cotton apparel to the U.S.

 
     

These imports are up from fifth ranked Honduras, eleventh-ranked Nicaragua, sixteenth-ranked Guatemala, and seventeenth-ranked Dominican Republic during the first six months of 2015. Cotton apparel imports continue to fall from El Salvador and Mexico.

 

U.S. imports of cotton apparel are starting to grow. From January to June 2015, the U.S. imported 5,942.7 million SME of cotton apparel products. This is up one percent compared the same period one year ago. However, U.S. imports of man-made fiber apparel grew by ten percent, from 5,793.2 million SME to 6,380.6 million SME during the same period.

 

For the first six months of 2015, the market share of U.S. cotton apparel imports fell by two percent, from forty-nine percent to forty-seven percent. During this same period, the market share of U.S. man-made fiber apparel imports increased by two percent, from forty-eight percent to fifty percent of total U.S. apparel imports.

 

Following is a list of the top twenty suppliers of cotton apparel to the U.S. during the first six months of 2015, along with the growth rate from January through June 2015. China remains the top U.S. supplier of cotton apparel imports, even though these imports from China are down.

 
 
 
 
 

Cotton Apparel Imports for Year-To-Date June 2015 (By Quantity)

 
     
   
     
 

U.S. Cotton Apparel Imports
YTD June 2015

 
     
   
     
 

Major U.S. Apparel Imports from Western Hemisphere Suppliers

 

Western Hemisphere countries continue to be a major source for U.S. imports of cotton apparel. The Western Hemisphere supply chain remains a successful competitive strategy for making cotton apparel. Despite the decrease in overall cotton apparel production, Western Hemisphere production of Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Knit Shirts, Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Trousers and Shorts, and Men’s and Boys’ Cotton Woven Shirts continues to grow. Following is a review of the most important cotton apparel imports.

 
     

Cotton Knit Shirts, Men’s and Boys’ (Category 338)

 

U.S. total imports from January through June 2015: 99,453,215 dozen or 1.1 billion knit shirts

 
   
 
   

Cotton Trousers and Shorts, Men’s and Boys’ (Category 347)

 

U.S. total imports from January through June 2015: 41,199,234 dozen or 494.3 million pairs of trousers

 
   
 
   

Cotton Woven Shirts, Men’s and Boys’ (Category 340)

 

U.S. total imports from January through June 2015: 16,308,088 dozen or 195.6 million pairs of woven shirts

 
   
 
 
 
 

Plant:

351 Contempora Drive
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358

Phone:

(910) 738-7131

Fax:

(910) 738-9575

Web Site: www.contemporafabrics.com

 

Contact name/number:

Mr. Ronald Roach
President    

Office:

(910) 738-7131 ext 218

Cell:

(910) 258-3585

E-Mail: rroach@contemporafabrics.com

 

Mr. Alex Whitley
Director of Sales

Office:

(910) 738-7131 ext 210

Cell:

(910) 258-4264

E-Mail: awhitley@contemporafabrics.com

 

List of Senior Management:

Mr Ronald Roach, President
Mr. Carey Read, VP Finance
Mr. Danny Church, VP Manufacturing
Mr. Alex Whitley, Director of Sales

 

History of Company:

Contempora Fabrics, Inc was founded in 1972 by Lacy Nance. In 1988, the company became a 100% employee owned company. Each employee has a vested interest in the company. The entire management team has over 150 years of combined textile experience. Contempora has 185 circular knitting machines in a 150,000 square foot facility on 29 acres. We are known for our versatile product mix and capacity to produce two million pounds per month. Relationships with fabric converters, manufacturers, major brands, and retailers have helped keep our business viable in a changing textile market. The ability to do contract work, greige goods, or finished fabric has allowed Contempora to work on all levels to meet the various needs required by the customer. Research and development are a priority to help keep our customers aware of the latest trends. Relationships with most major fiber suppliers allow us to be first to market in most cases with the latest technologies.

 

A recent expansion into body size jersey and 3 end fleece machines helped us round out our versatility.

 
   
   
   

Equipment listing:

  • Rib machines 10, 14, and 18 cut.
  • Double knit machines 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28, 32 cut.
  • 26’’ single knit machines 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28 cut.
  • 30” single knit machines 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28, 36 cut.
  • 26” terry machines 16, 18, 20 cut.
  • 30” 3 end fleece machines 13, 14, 18 cut.
  • Body size jersey machines all sizes 22 and 28 cut.

 

Products:

Circular knits including body size jersey, jersey, rib, 2 end fleece, 3 end fleece, pique with collars and welts, thermals, French terry, terry, performance fabrics, and other novelties. All fabrics with and without spandex.

 

End Uses:

T-shirts, sportswear, dresses, juniors, golf apparel, career uniform apparel, military, performance apparel, base layer underwear, team sports.

 
 
 

Plant:

237 Mills Avenue
Central, SC 29630

Phone:

(212) 689-3432

Fax:

(212) 545-0603

Web Site: www.cotswoldindustries.com

 

Contact name/number:

Mr. James McKinnon
CEO
Phone: (212) 689-3424
E-Mail: james@cotswoldindustries.com

 

Mr. Bill Broadway
President
E-Mail: bill@cotswoldindustries.com

 

List of Senior Management:

Mr. James McKinnon, CEO
Mr. Bill Broadway, President

 

History of Company:

Founded in 1954 and now in its third generation of family management, Cotswold is a leader in the development and distribution of technical textiles and apparel fabrics. As a vertically integrated manufacturer, converter and distributor, Cotswold brings its customers quality and value from fiber to a finished product.

 

Central Textiles manufactures cotton and polyester blended fabrics for apparel, military, home furnshings and industrial applications. The facility is fully vertical and processes fiber from yarn spinning to airjet weaving.

 
   
   
   

Products:

Cotton Woven Fabrics (basket weave, broadcloth, chambray, herringbone, muslin, poplin, printcloth, sateen, sheeting, shirting-broadcloth, shirting-oxford, special purpose fabrics, twill, customized fabrics)

 

 
 
 
 

Plant:

1823 Boone Trail Road
Sanford, NC 27330

Phone:

(919) 776 9940

Fax:

(919) 718 2300

Web Site: www.frontierspinning.com

 

Contact name/number:

Mr. John W. Garris III
Director, International Sales

Phone:

(919) 776 9940

Fax:

(919) 718 2300

E-Mail: john.garris@frontierspinning.com

 

List of Senior Management:

Mr. John Bakane, CEO
Mr. Robin Perkins, President
Mr. George W. Parker, President-Frontier Marketing
Ms. Barbara F. Walton, CFO
Mr. John M. Maness, V.P. of Manufacturing

 

History of Company:

Frontier Spinning Mills is a world class yarn spinner operating multiple manufacturing sites in North Carolina and Alabama. With a weekly production of approximately 4,500/MT per week, it ranks as one of the largest yarn spinners in the world. Frontier’s offerings include a diverse product mix of Carded Open End, MJS and MVS yarns in a wide variety of counts and blends. Frontier’s quality assurance begins with the selection of US cotton fiber that is chosen to achieve the best possible results for our customer’s processes and end uses. Our spinning facilities are equipped with the latest generation of spinning systems available and interfaced with continuous on line quality monitoring to insure superior spun yarns. Frontier also invests in advanced training and education to insure its work force is highly skilled and trained in a concerted effort to produce the world’s finest spun yarns.

 

Frontier’s manufacturing facilities are located within easy and convenient travel to major highways and ports to ensure efficient and cost effective transportation and aid in the speed to market that is demanded by customers today. With convenient access to multiple East Coast ports serviced by major ocean carriers, this proximity allows customers multiple options to respond quickly to fashion trends and ever changing market demands. Frontier also recognizes that customer satisfaction cannot be achieved through investment in technology alone. Frontier’s staff of dedicated associates focuses on bringing customer service to levels unsurpassed in the industry.

 
   
   
   

Our Customer Service representatives recognize and understand that today’s competitive environment demands quick responses to inquiries and delivery schedule requests. We are confident that our service is just as exceptional as the yarns we produce. Frontier’s commitment to excellence is easy to recognize.

 

Products:

  • 100% cotton Open-End yarns 4/1 to 32/1
  • 100% cotton Soft Spun yarns 4/1 to 30/1
  • Organic cotton yarns Open-End 6/1 to 30/1
  • Poly cotton yarns 6/1 to 39/1
  • Open-End Slub yarns
  • MJS yarns 12/1 to 50/1
  • MVS yarns 26/1 - 30/1
  • Heather yarns 4/1 to 30/1

 

End Uses:

  • Circular Knitting Yarns
  • Weaving Twist - (warp & weft)
  • Hosiery Yarns
  • Heather Yarns
  • Air Jet Yarns
  • Medical & Industrial Yarns
 
 
 

Plant:

AP.O. Box 48
515 W. Buford Street
Gaffney, SC 29342

Phone:

(864) 489-4731

Fax:

(864) 487-9946

Web Site: www.hamrickmills.com

 

Contact name/number:

Mr. Jim Hopkins
Vice President, Sales
E-mail: jhopkins@hamrickmills.com

 

Mr. Roy Lockett
Vice President, Sales
E-mail: rlockett@hamrickmills.com

 

List of Senior Management:

Mr. W. Carlisle Hamrick, President
Mr. Charles Hamrick, CFO
Mr.Lyman Hamrick, Vice
President, Manufacturing

Mr. Roy Lockett, Vice President, Sales
Mr. Jim Hopkins, Vice President, Sales

 

History of Company:

Hamrick Mills, Inc. is a fifth generation family-owned textile company. The corporate office and two manufacturing facilities, the Hamrick Plant and the Musgrove Plant, are all located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The company is a leading producer of high quality, light to medium weight woven fabrics for use in the home furnishings, industrial, and apparel markets.

 

Hamrick Mills’ mission is to serve customers by focusing on quality, innovation and superior service. Hamrick Mills will also strive to continually improve the operations of our company by implementation of technology or processes that increase customer satisfaction and add value to their products.

 
   
   
   

Products:

Woven fabrics in a variety of widths, ranging from 41” to 140” and weights from 2 oz per square yard to 6 oz per square yard. These fabrics are offered in a range poly/cotton blends, as well as 100% cotton. Constructions are mainly plain weave with some dobby capacity available. Various types of filling yarns can be easily run with the company’s modern Sulzer projectile and AirJet looms.

 

Yarn is spun on Murata Jet Spinning and Murata Vortex Spinning, in the range of 20’s to 40’s (Ne) English yarn count.

 

The company offers many common print cloth styles and has the ability to weave special fabric constructions for specific customer needs.

 

End Uses:

  • Shirting fabric
  • Pocketing, waistband lining, innerlining fabric
  • Coating Substrates for Athletic tapes, book bindings, industrial aprons
  • Sheeting fabric
  • Drapery and lining fabric
  • High pressure laminated fabric for printed circuitry
 
 
 
 
 

Prepared by: Economic Services - National Cotton Council

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its updated U.S. crop outlook for the upcoming season. USDA placed the estimated 2015/16 U.S. cotton plantings at 8.9 million acres and an estimated crop of 13.1 million bales. Upland production was estimated at 12.7 million bales and extra-long staple production at 432,000 bales

 
     
   
 
 
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