China's textile machinery industry will hit its full year target in 2003 despite the devastating SARS crisis earlier this year, officials said on Wednesday.

A survey by the China Textile Machinery & Accessories Association showed the industry saw its turnover jump 35 per cent in the first four months of this year to $1.1 billion from 2002.

The study of 106 firms found many of the respondents see cloudy second and third quarters but expect a brighter fourth quarter.

Association chiefs also warned China’s clothing and textile industry faces a slowdown in its rapid growth amid more import restrictions by EU nations and the US.