This week just-style attended the fifth edition of The Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong for a meeting of minds from the apparel industry. Key themes included worldwide demand, sourcing, trade issues, fast fashion, China and sustainability. Here is a collection of comments from the event.

“We will have to start looking East to find more demand in trade, but these countries favour exports rather than importing” - Premal Udani, chairman of India's Apparel Export Promotion Council.

“Suppliers can only be squeezed so much and the retailers are continuing to drive down costs” - Dr Peter Pfneisl, president of The European Apparel and Textile Confederation.

“If your supply chain does not understand the requirements of your customers, how can they succeed in making garments for them?” - Joachim Hensch, head of Hugo Boss' pattern design department.

“We need to see a re-balance where China spends more and saves less” - Ben Simpfendorfer, chief China economist for The Royal Bank of Scotland. “If Chinese consumers are intent on spending we are set for a more sustained recovery,” he added.

“The global economic crisis has been very good in one area; the survivors have learnt they have to collaborate differently to survive” - Susan Olivier, director of industry development, retail, footwear and apparel, Dassault Systemes.

“The current priorities in Washington don't seem to include import trade, they are the economy, job creation and health care” - Janet Fox, chairman of the US Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel.

“There is the potential for everyone to make more money from fast fashion. It is not the case that the profits are being shared between the retailers and suppliers though. As a manufacturer I am left feeling a little deprived from this chain” - Fazlul Hoque, president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association.

“To be a fast fashion provider does not mean sewing something faster, it is about cutting out processes. You should try to empower people so they can do things on their own” - Stanley Szeto, CEO of Lever Style.

“Sustainability, just like fast fashion, has had its name footballed around the world. Fast fashion is about creating a more customer intimate and reactive process” - Bob McKee, industry strategy director, fashion, Lawson.

“There is still a long journey to take when we are talking about sustainability, but you cannot outsource your sustainability work” - Tobias Fischer, regional CSR manager Far East, H&M.

“If you're buying you have to take a global perspective. Africa is becoming important for Europe and Latin America and Central America to the US, but China is important to China” - leather consultant Michael Redwood is given the task of defending the viewpoint that emerging export markets could overtake China.

“China won't disappear but has to realise there are many countries that can do a better job. Buyers are looking at the true cost of travel and speed to market” - Angela Peers, principal lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, agrees to an extent.