Volume 1 :  March 08,  2006



Newsletter Summary




 in the Textile Industry
 Winter 2004/2005


















In the past, Werner International prepared a newsletter called “New Twist” which was distributed to numerous companies and clients and was published over quite a number of years. It covered key topics in the textile and clothing industry and was an important reference point for company senior managers and for institutions worldwide.
After a few years of “silence”, we are pleased to announce that New Twist is back, with a fresh format and in a lively and readable style, and that we will be sending it to you directly by e-mail.

New Twist is not simply a source of information about the industry, but also gives brief and regular updates on Werner activities and services. In the first issue, for example, we publish the latest edition of the Labour Cost Comparison data – an essential source of comparison between all the key textile producing countries – along with detail of various projects in Turkey, India and China.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy it.

Constantine Raptis



International Comparison of the Hourly Labor Cost in the Primary Textile Industry : Winter 2004/2005

LABOR COST COMPARISON in the Textile Industry :
Winter 2004 / 2005


The global competitive landscape is undergoing a major shift because of the introduction of a new series of international trade agreements. These trade agreements are already heavily affecting the global structure and distribution of the textile and clothing industries but their impact will become even more important with the full implementation of the WTO-agreements on textiles & clothing and the introduction of even more regional trade agreements. The global textile & clothing industry is currently experiencing a major shift in business patterns. The most evident elements of this are: The rapid pace of transformation that is affecting North-American and European based industry through relocation and product repositioning. 

  • Shifting global and regional sourcing patterns for supply of textiles & clothing.

  • The rapid evolution of the apparel retail business, characterized by a concentration of large retailers and fast growing retail chains. 

  • The effective removal of all textile trade barriers both in North America and Europe. 

  • Increasing fragmentation of the consumer base.
    Quickly evolving consumption patterns. 

  • The increasing access to, and use of, Internet technologies, which call for a technology driven, re-design of traditional business models. 

A new business era is therefore in front of us. An era for which textile and clothing companies must prepare themselves with a strategic effort in order to adapt, improve and redesign their business models to sustain growth, defend and improve market position and enhance profitability.
All the core activities of a textile or apparel company, ranging from the best utilization of its tangible assets to the development and deployment of intangible assets will have to be re-evaluated and aligned in a single, coherent, often revolutionary, winning strategic formula or better, portfolio of winning formulae.
Critically, winning business models must be developed in order to enhance coherence between market vision, short term tactics, production and sourcing (manufacturing strategy), sales and marketing (marketing strategy), IT, accounting and human resources. Now, more then ever, all areas of business must work in harmony to enact a unique and winning business vision for the future success of textile & clothing companies.

However, fundamentally all successful strategies are predicated on cost leadership. Cost advantages can be achieved in manufacturing as well as through effective sourcing and taking advantage of foreign investments. And it is within this perspective that the results of the new international labor cost comparison in the textile industry have to be seen. …    
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Uncertainties over the Post Quota Scneario


The post-quota scenario raises endless questions and uncertainties over the future of the global textile and apparel industry.

Everybody is in agreement with the anticipation that China will continue to strengthen its position and continue to expand its share of global textile and apparel trade.

However, the key questions are concerning the size and pace of such expansion such as; which markets and product segments will be most affected and, most importantly, what strategies are left for countries and companies throughout the world positioned on the “China path of growth?” 
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Turquality: a branding program to qualify and promote Turkish excellence


Turquality: A branding program to “qualify” and promote Turkish excellence in Apparel production & marketing

At the end of last year Werner International has been appointed as the sole management consultancy company in charge of providing strategic guidance to the set-up of the Turquality branding program. This ambitious project, promoted by the Turkish Ministry of Trade and Industry, has the aim to upgrade the international image of Turkish-made products and provide the industry with a strong stimulus to upgrade and re-position on the higher segments of the now global market.

In conjunction with ITKIB, the Istanbul Association of Textile and Apparel Exporters, the aaparel industry has been selected as the "pilot" industry to develop the program and its procedures, then transferring them to other industries later this year. 
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Werner Quality Control System

Werner Quality Control system adopted in China

After a successful implementation of the Werner Quality Control System at their Jinhua plant in Sichuan, the China Resources Light Industries and Textiles (Holding) Co. Ltd decided to introduce the modern approach to six of their companies located in the provinces of Jinan and Shandong.

The Werner testing plan, standard and tolerances and quality management were introduced in 10 plants.

All these units, except one, are equipped with Uster Evenness tester 3 and 4 and are now ready to fulfill the quality requirements of the local and export markets.





Investments in India



Investments in India

Indian companies did not loose time to react to the elimination of quotas. Major investments were done to increase the capacity with the clear objective to serve the American market.

Werner is directly involved in the start-up of the Welspun India Ltd integrated manufacturing complex near Bhuj, North West of Mumbai. The Welspun complex will be dedicated to the production of terry towels and bed sheeting fabrics and holds all the processes from spinning to the ready-made products. The terry towel dyeing and finishing plant is particularly interesting with a continuous preparation, dyeing and finishing range.

Werner International has been given the mandate to train all the production and supervision personnel. The Werner general management systems related to quality control, preventive maintenance and raw material management will be implemented in addition to specifically designed organization systems for each section.




Seminar for the SME Mexican Spinning Companies



Seminar for the SME Mexican Spinning Companies

Canaintex, the Mexican national chamber for the textile industry for the small and medium textile enterprise, organized a 5-day seminar. Senior representatives of 16 companies, many of them major players in the industry, participated in this 5-day exchange.

Mr. Alain Mathieu of Werner International, lead the seminar with sessions dedicated to the optimum organization of a modern spinning mill, raw material management, preventive maintenance, human resources development and quality control.
“The interest, participation and the level of management were outstanding. The subject of training, in particular, really hit a sensitive cord so we dedicated an entire day to discuss the problems and the possible solutions,” mentioned Mr. Mathieu. The Werner AMPS© training system was in fact fully disclosed to the participants who were keen to note the simple, efficient and economic approach to the personnel selection and training.

More seminars will take place in Mexico City with Werner International experts in weaving, knitting and finishing.

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