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Survey of Chinese Garment Company Strategies: Summer 2005 Buying Season
published in Issue 115, January-February 2005
Quota elimination at the end of 2004 will trigger a major restructuring of the global textile and clothing industry from which China will be the main beneficiary. The world’s buyers now have greater access to China’s low price garments and will shift more orders to the country. Many predict that China’s share of US and EU clothing imports will double or even treble in the next five years.
91% of respondents in a survey of Chinese summer garment suppliers were expanding capacity in anticipation of increased orders, and intended to focus on higher value EU and US markets at the expense of Asia. New factories are being built and existing factories expanded. Workers are being hired and machinery purchased. Products with the highest expected growth rates were said to be men’s T-shirts, men’s casual shirts, women’s summer dresses, and girls’ summer wear.
However, the industry faces major challenges. State-owned import/ export giants are facing competition from producers who can now deal directly with buyers. Traditional trading firms are buying plants to cater to buyers who want to deal directly with manufacturers while offering improved customer service. But producers face hurdles such as power supply interruptions, skills shortages, rising labour and raw material costs, and reduced tax incentives. With prices likely to remain flat, Chinese suppliers will have to add value to their products if they are to maintain a competitive edge—not only against suppliers in other low cost countries, such as India, Vietnam and Mexico, but also against rival domestic manufacturers.
Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
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country profiles – providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
company profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
trends in world textile and apparel trade and production – taking into account current issues facing the industry – such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing – providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
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So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing – in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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