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No. 343, April 1998

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Designers of high-end clothing have a domestic source of supply for a new circular knit fabric known as bemberg (cupro ammonium rayon) that is characterized by a brilliant luster, a soft hand and a beautiful drape. ASAHI CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD. — which refined the knitting techniques and the dyeing and finishing methods for the fabric as well as developed a bemberg/polyester blend — transferred its production knowledge to an unnamed knitter in Los Angeles. Asahi Chemical also is supplying that company with bemberg yarn. About 1,100 tons of U.S.-made bemberg fabric should be available in the first year.

An exchange rate of ¥129=$1.00 was used in this report.

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