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Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in China, 2019

Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in China, 2019

China is the world's largest producer and exporter of textiles and clothing. The operations of its textile and clothing industry are extensive, and range from the production of raw materials to the manufacture of finished goods. The industry's success can be attributed to high productivity, an emphasis on training and the development of skills, investment in modern manufacturing machinery, a loyal workforce and an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit. Looking to the future, further impetus will be provided by the growing domestic market, aided by the country's growing middle class and rising disposable incomes in the country. However, wage levels have risen strongly and are already markedly higher than in most other countries in Asia. Another issue is that, despite the relaxation of China's one-child policy, the country's population is ageing and there will not be enough young people to recruit for manufacturing activities in the short to medium term. Perhaps more pressing is the US-China trade war, and the potential impact it may have on Chinese exports to the USA and on the world economy in general. This report looks at the development of the textile and clothing industry in China, its size and structure, and fibre, textile and clothing production and consumption. The report also features: a geographical, political and economic profile; a detailed look at the country's imports and exports of textiles and clothing; the domestic market; a review of government policies and investment incentives; foreign direct investment (FDI) in the textile and clothing industry; an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT); and a look at the country's infrastructure and human resources and how these affect the textile and clothing industry.


  • SUMMARY
  • IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF CHINA
  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN CHINA
  • CHINA: GEOGRAPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PROFILE
    • GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE
    • POLITICAL PROFILE
      • Table China: political and economic profile, 2018
    • ECONOMIC PROFILE
      • Table China: economic indicators 2016-18
  • CHINA: INFRASTRUCTURE
    • TRANSPORTATION
      • Roads
      • Railways
      • Airports
      • Ports and waterways
      • Logistics network
    • POWER
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS
    • INDUSTRIAL PARKS
  • CHINA: HUMAN RESOURCES
  • SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN CHINA
    • SPINNING
    • WEAVING
    • KNITTING
  • CHINA: FIBRE, TEXTILE AND CLOTHING PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
    • FIBRE PRODUCTION
      • Cotton
        • Table China: area planted to cotton and cotton production, 2012/13-2018/19
      • Man-made fibres
        • Table China: man-made fibre production, 2012-18
    • FIBRE CONSUMPTION
      • Table China: mill fibre consumption, 2010-17
    • YARN AND FABRIC PRODUCTION
      • Table China: yarn and fabric production, 2012-18
    • CLOTHING PRODUCTION
    • MANUFACTURING COSTS
  • CHINA: DOMESTIC MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET COMPETITION
      • Table China: leading domestic and foreign suppliers of clothing by product type, 2019
    • SALES CHANNELS
  • CHINA: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS
    • Table China: textile and clothing exports, 2012-18 (US$ bn)
    • EXPORTS OF RAW COTTON AND COTTON TEXTILES
      • Table China: exports of raw cotton, cotton yarn and thread, and cotton fabrics, 2013-18
      • Raw cotton
      • Cotton yarn and thread
    • TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS BY MAJOR EXPORT
      • Table China: textile and clothing exports by destination, 2014-18 (US$ mn)
      • Textile exports by destination
        • Table China: textile exports by destination, 2014-18 (US$ mn)
      • Clothing exports by destination
        • Table China: clothing exports by destination, 2014-18 (US$ mn)
  • CHINA: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
    • Table China: textile and clothing imports, 2012-18 (US$ mn)
    • IMPORTS OF COTTON PRODUCTS
      • Table China: imports of raw cotton, 2012/13-2017/18
      • Table China: imports of cotton yarn and thread and cotton fabric, 2013-18
    • IMPORTS OF RAW COTTON BY SUPPLYING COUNTRY
      • Table China: imports of raw cotton by country of origin, 2013/14-2017/18 (tons)
  • CHINA: FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) IN THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN CHINA: GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
    • GOVERNMENT POLICIES
      • Table China: 13th Five-Year Plan for the textile and clothing industry
    • INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
    • SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES
      • Free trade zones
      • Export processing zones
      • Bonded zones or logistics parks
    • FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN CHINA: STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS
    • STRENGTHS
    • WEAKNESSES
    • OPPORTUNITIES
    • THREATS

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