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2017 US MMF, filament, textile, apparel shipments $77.9 bn

Apr '19
The value of US man-made fibre and filament, textile, and apparel shipments in 2017 totalled around $77.9 billion—an uptick from the $74.4 billion in output in 2016 and an increase of 16 per cent since 2009, outgoing 2018-19 US National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) chairman Marty Moran said in his State of the US Textile Industry overview recently.

Of the $77.9 billion, $31.5 billion was for yarns and fabrics, $26.6 billion for home furnishings, carpet and other non-apparel sewn products, $12.5 billion for apparel, and $7.3 billion for man-made fibres, Moran said.

He spoke at NCTO’s 16th annual meeting last month in Washington, DC.

U.S. exports of fibre, yarns, fabrics, made-ups and apparel were worth $28.6 billion in 2017. This was nearly a 9 per cent increase in export performance over 2016. Investment in fibre, yarn, fabric and other non-apparel textile product manufacturing has more than doubled from $960 million in 2009 to $2.1 billion in 2016, he said.

The fundamentals for the US textile industry are sound and any sluggishness was due to factors beyond control, such as disruption in the retail sector caused by the shifting of sales from brick and mortar outlets to the Internet, he added. (DS)

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