Textile trade dealers in general, are reporting a period of quieter business, although they are still seeking certain high quality specified products which are holding their value quite well.
Natural fibres are also maintaining a healthy demand in most of the global markets. While current prices are holding up, these are being negated by high fuel prices, which are forcing freight and feedstock rates upwards once again.
At home, Yorkshire woollen spinners based in the Colne Valley who produce flame retardant yarns for the upholstery manufacturing industry are benefitting from legislation calling for fire-proof work stations and seating facilities. The current boom in office building throughout the country is creating good demand for these furnishings, thus making good business for this sector of the textile industry.
These spinners, as well as producing specialty yarns, produce their own by-products, which are most sought after by the fibre dealers for exports to the third world. Textile spinners and felt manufacturers in these countries are able to reclaim the high proportion of wool in these textile by-products.
On the high street, the charity sector reports a noticeable slowing down of activity both for inwards supplies and sales over the counter. It is confidently expected that this situation is of a temporary nature and the spring cleaning season will surely increase their coffers in all directions.