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ITMF releases fourth survey on the pandemic and the global textile industry

June 26th, 2020 / By: / Industry News

Between May 20 and June 8, 2020, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) conducted its fourth ITMF Corona-Survey among ITMF members and affiliated companies and associations about the impact the corona pandemic had on the global textile value chain. In total around 600 companies from around the world participated.

On a global scale, current orders continue to be down on average by more than 40 percent. When looking at expected turnover in 2020 compared to 2019, the expectations remained unchanged since the third ITMF Corona-Survey. On average, companies are expecting their turnover to plummet by 32 percent. The range between regions differs with from -22 percent in South East Asia to -36 percent in East Asia.

When looking at the different segments in the textile value chain, all segments—from spinners to garment producers—recorded significant decreases in orders. Also, integrated producers seem to have fared slightly better with -26 percent, while the other segments expect turnover in 2020 to be falling in the range of 31 percent to 34 percent.

Asked when pre-crisis levels are reached again, the majority, 23 percent, is expecting this to be in the first quarter of 2021, followed by 21 percent that are expecting this to be the case in the second quarter of 2021. Another 14 percent have the expectations that this will be the case in the third quarter of 2021. Nevertheless, 20 percent of companies are expecting a faster recovery in the fourth quarter 2020.

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