Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australian footwear producers have faced a tough operating environment over the past decade as the dominance of low-cost foreign competitors, tariff reductions and import penetration have caused the industry's structure to change significantly. The industry also faces skilled-labour shortages, accelerated industry reforms and companies outsourcing production overseas. Finding a significant low-cost footwear producer based in Australia is now a difficult task. However, several larger footwear manufacturers produce industrial and safety boots, while sheepskin footwear such as ugg boots has retained stable domestic output levels over the past five years.
In 2013-14, industry revenue is estimated to decline by 2.7% to total $489.3... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Products manufactured by the industry include women's, men's, children's, infants', and unisex footwear. Some industry participants may specialise in producing a certain type of shoe, such as work boots or sports footwear.
Men's footwear accounts for the largest share of industry revenue, due to high and steady demand for and output of work boots in Australia. The segment is estimated to represent 45.0% of the industry and includes athletic shoes, casual footwear, work boots and dress shoes. The influx of cheap imported goods has prompted domestic manufacturers to focus on higher value, specialised products, such as work boots. This has contributed to an increase in this segment's share of revenue over the past five years... purchase to read more