Stepping out: Players target niche and export markets as imports wear down local demand

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
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Australian footwear producers have faced a tough operating environment over the past decade. Tariff reductions and import penetration have significantly changed the industry's structure. The Footwear Manufacturing 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 that still produce industrial and safety boots and sheepskin footwear have retained stable domestic output over the past five years...

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is considered to have a medium level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on capital costs, $5.24 is spent on wages. Footwear manufacturing requires a significant level of labour inputs, and a moderate amount of capital investment. Although the level of capital in the industry has been rising, it is difficult to completely replace labour with automated processes in particular parts of production. For example, shoemaking requires workers to operate machines for stitching leather and other material.

Automation in footwear manufacturing varies depending on style. Plastic shoes that use an injection moulding process require a great deal of capital equipment. In ..

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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
Footwear with leather uppers
Specialised footwear
Footwear with plastic or rubber uppers
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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