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 in recent years.
In 2012-13, the industry is expected to produce 4.95 million pairs of shoes, down 2.9%... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter
Industry activity has declined over the past decade due to the dominance of low-cost foreign competitors, tariff reductions and increasing import levels, as well as skilled-labour shortages and higher outsourcing levels. In the five years through 2012-13, these developments have resulted in lower aggregate revenue, job losses, increased import penetration, falling export values and fewer industry participants. Industry revenue is expected to decrease at an annualised 2.3% over the five years through 2012-13 to $498.3 million. However, some firms have transformed themselves into efficient, innovative or branded footwear suppliers and are competing successfully globally... purchase to read more