The World Cup 2014 is expected to create an additional USD 334,448 in sales to Taiwan-based textile maker Makalot Industrial Corporation, who is specialized in producing functional sportswear and who has received orders from Italian brand FILA, according to analysts. As most other jersey manufacturers, the company uses recycled plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and turns them into fabrics for sportswear. It is said that the recycled fabric from Taiwan is good at absorbing water and light, and uses about 30 percent less electricity during the production process than other materials.
Makalot is not the only Taiwanese textile maker contributing fabrics to the current world cup. Johnny Shih, vice chairman of Far Eastern New Century, said his company has provided PET fabric since the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. For the 2014 event, Far Eastern New Century has produced the recycled PET fabric to make jerseys for five of the 32 teams sponsored by Nike, namely Brazil, the United States, England, Portugal and Croatia. And another Taiwanese company, Eclat Textile Co., has provided ODM services to Nike to supply recycled PET fabric for the current World Cup.