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Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Malaysia, 2018

Prospects for the textile and clothing industry in Malaysia, 2018

Malaysia's textile and clothing industry is one of the country's largest established manufacturing sectors. Overall, the industry employs over 90,000 people directly, and its exports were valued at US$3.3 bn in 2017. The Malaysian government has ambitious plans for the industry, and an export target of US$6 bn has been set for 2020. Moreover, the continuing importance of the textile and clothing industry to Malaysia is highlighted in the country's Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3), which has identified industrial and home textiles, functional fabrics, high-end fabrics and garments, and ethnic fabrics as growth categories. Furthermore, the textile industry in Malaysia benefits from low import duties on industrial goods, membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and bilateral trade agreements with the EU, Chile, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Turkey. That said, Malaysia faces increased competition from lower cost competitors in countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. Also, the textile and clothing industry in Malaysia is dependent on the importing of raw materials—particularly for the manufacture of fabric. However, as the industry shifts towards the manufacture of higher added value products, Malaysia has the potential to develop industrial and home textiles, functional fabrics and high value fabrics and clothing. This report looks at the development of the textile and clothing industry in Malaysia and its size and structure, and features: a geographical, political and economic profile; a detailed look at the country's imports and exports; a review of government policies and investment incentives; an analysis of the industry's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT); and an examination of Malaysia's infrastructure and human resources and how these affect the industry.


  • SUMMARY
  • IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF MALAYSIA
  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA
  • MALAYSIA: GEOGRAPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PROFILE
    • GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE
    • POLITICAL PROFILE
      • Table Malaysia: political and economic profile, 2018
    • ECONOMIC PROFILE
      • Table Malaysia: economic indicators, 2015-17
  • MALAYSIA: INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW
    • TRANSPORTATION
      • Roads
      • Railways
      • Seaports
      • Airports
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • MALAYSIA: HUMAN RESOURCES
    • Table Malaysia: no of employees in the textile and clothing industry by activity, sex and citizenship, 2015
  • SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA
    • Table Malaysia: no of establishments in the textile and clothing industry by activity, 2015
    • INVESTMENT IN MACHINERY
    • OUTPUT
      • Table Malaysia: textile and clothing industry output, 2015
  • MALAYSIA: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS
    • Table Malaysia: textile and clothing exports, 2010-17
    • TEXTILE EXPORTS BY PRODUCT
      • Table Malaysia: textile exports by product type, 2012-17
    • CLOTHING EXPORTS BY PRODUCT
      • Table Malaysia: clothing exports by product type, 2012-17
    • TEXTILE AND CLOTHING EXPORTS BY DESTINATION
      • Table Malaysia: textile and clothing exports by leading destination, 2012-17
      • Textile exports by destination
        • Table Malaysia: textile exports by leading destination, 2012-17
      • Clothing exports by destination
        • Table Malaysia: clothing exports by leading destination, 2012-17
  • MALAYSIA: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS
    • Table Malaysia: textile and clothing imports, 2010-17
    • TEXTILE IMPORTS BY PRODUCT
      • Table Malaysia: textile imports by product type, 2012-17
    • CLOTHING IMPORTS BY PRODUCT
      • Table Malaysia: clothing imports by product type, 2012-17
    • TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS BY SUPPLIER
      • Table Malaysia: textile and clothing imports by leading supplier, 2012-17
      • Textile imports by supplier
        • Table Malaysia: textile imports by leading supplier, 2012-17
      • Clothing imports by supplier
        • Table Malaysia: clothing imports by leading supplier, 2012-17
  • MALAYSIA: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) IN THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
    • Table Malaysia: approved textile and clothing industry investments, 2016 and 2017
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN MALAYSIA: GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
    • GOVERNMENT POLICIES
      • Promoting investment in higher added value textiles and clothing
      • Sustaining market share and promoting exports
      • Intensifying regional integration
      • Enhancing domestic capabilities and facilitating the utilisation of technologies
      • Enhancing skills
      • Strengthening institutional support
    • TRADE POLICY
    • INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
      • Tax incentives
      • Financial assistance programmes
      • Automation Capital Allowance (A-CA)
      • Policy changes resulting from the election of the new government
    • INDUSTRIAL AND SPECIALISED PARKS
  • TEXTILES AND CLOTHING IN MALAYSIA: STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS (SWOT)
    • STRENGTHS
    • WEAKNESSES
    • OPPORTUNITIES
    • THREATS

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