Wearing the cost: Price pressures in downstream markets erode profitability

IBISWorld’s Footwear Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2011 - 2016
Annual Growth
2016 - 2021

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 offshoring production. 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, and sheepskin footwear such as ugg boots has retained stable domestic output over the past five years.

In 2015-16, industry revenue is expected to decline by 0.2% to $493.6...

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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 49.0% of industry players are non-employing, with 43.2% of enterprises hiring between one and 19 people. The majority of footwear manufacturers, about 36.5%, generate revenue between $200,000 and $2.0 million.

Market share concentration has fallen over the past five years as mid-size firms have left the industry or moved production offshore. Dom..

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Industry Products

What is the Footwear Manufacturing Industry?

The Footwear Manufacturing industry consists of operators that manufacture footwear or footwear components. These products are then purchased by footwear wholesalers and retailers that resell them to consumers.

Industry Products
Women's footwear
Men's footwear
Children's and infants' footwear
Other footwear
Industry Activities
Footwear and boot
Footwear component
Safety and protective footwear
Sandal and shoe

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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