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Automation, synthetic fiber use boost viability of children's knitted hat suppliers

 

Children’s knitted hat makers are shifting to computerized machines and man-made yarns for better cost efficiency.

 

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  • Increased automation: With hourly wages, particularly in Jiangsu province, expected to climb at least 10 percent in 2012, more makers are shifting to computerized knitting machines. This minimizes the need for a larger workforce and boosts efficiency.
  • Use of synthetic fibers to limit markups: To keep prices competitive and attract clients amid economic woes, suppliers are adopting less costly man-made materials. At the end of November 2011, pure acrylic yarn was only $3,970 to $4,285, while cotton reached $4,130 to $4,760.
  • Animal hair for upscale styles: Despite the elevated outlay, protein fibers are gaining traction thanks to their warm and comfortable qualities. Rabbit hair is common in intermediate models as the input is less expensive than wool, angora and cashmere, which are found in the high end.
  • Focus on aesthetics: The traditional selling period for knitted hats in the EU and the US has shrunk amid shorter cold months. With demand dropping, suppliers are upgrading appearance to compensate for higher prices. Many are offering novelty models.


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Jingyu (China) Industrial Ltd
Model: 10JY-CLS-10
Description: Beanie; 100% acrylic; bear motif; in various colors

 Beanie

Nanjing BioCrown Apparel Corp.
Model: 33078
Description: Beanie; 100% wool; handcrocheted floral applique; white, black

 Ski hat

Nantong AML Trade Co. Ltd
Model: AK-HAT12-042B
Description: Ski hat; 100% acrylic; with ear flaps, chin straps; pompom trimming; in various materials, sizes, colors

 Ski hat

Oxford Street Fashion Accessories Co. Ltd
Model: HT-9813
Description: Ski hat; acrylic; fleece lining; with ear flaps, chin straps

 Flyer’s hat

Star Cap Co. Ltd
Model: SC-1017
Description: Flyer’s hat; 100% acrylic; faux fur lining; earflaps fastened by buttons; tassel trimming with pompoms

 Flyer’s hat

Wenzhou Start Kintex Co. Ltd
Model: KH-532
Description: Flyer’s hat; 100% acrylic; jacquard pattern; embroidered, pompom trimmings; in various colors


Note: This article "Automation, synthetic fiber use boost viability of children's knitted hat suppliers" was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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