Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australian footwear producers have faced a tough operating environment over the past decade. The dominance of low-cost foreign competitors, tariff reductions and import penetration have significantly changed the industry’s structure. The industry has also been dealing with 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 still produce industrial and safety boots, while sheepskin footwear such as ugg boots has retained stable domestic output levels over the past five years.
In 2014-15, industry revenue is estimated to decline by 3.6% to $486.5... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter
The Footwear Manufacturing industry is characterised by a low level of market share concentration with only one player accounting for more than 5.0% of revenue. The high labour requirement of most of the industry's production lends itself to small operations. As a result, the industry is a mix of a few large firms and many small establishments. Based on ABS Counts of Business Data, approximately 51.4% of industry players are non-employing, with 40.5% of enterprises hiring between one and 19 people. There are currently no footwear manufacturers that employ more than 200 people.
Market share concentration has fallen over the past five years as mid-size firms have left the industry or moved production offshore... purchase to read more