Best foot forward: Demand for locally made footwear gives import competition the boot

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 endured fluctuating downstream demand 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, premium footwear and sheepskin footwear have retained stable output over the past five years. As a result, existing manufacturers must seek ways to differentiate themselves from mass-produced imports through leveraging consumer style trends, quality and Australian brand value to remain competitive...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$644m
Annual Growth 13-18
3.8%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
1,951
Businesses
181
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Export markets and rising demand for Australian-made products provide opportunities for revenue growth
  • Profit continues to fall as wage and purchase expenses increase industry costs and squeeze margins
  • Firms that convert into high value-added producers are more likely to remain in the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic spread of the industry is closely linked with the distribution of footwear wholesalers, department stores and footwear retailers. The majority of industry establishments are located in Victoria and New South Wales, which account for 43.5% and 30.1% of footwear manufacturers respectively. The industry is highly concentrated in these areas due to the historical development of apparel and footwear manufacturing in these states. Many footwear manufacturers are long established and proximity to input goods, skilled workforce and ports remains unchanged for generations. Downstream retailers and wholesalers are also heavily concentrated in these states, helping industry establishments to minimise transport costs. Vic...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry are

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Access to niche markets
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from footwear retailing and Demand from department stores in the Footwear Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    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
  • Slipper
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from footwear retailing
  • Demand from department stores
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Real household disposable income
  • Import duties on apparel manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • International trade
  • Profit, employment and enterprises
  • Downstream trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand markets
  • Production trends
  • Profit and employment
  • Table: Footwear Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Footwear Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Footwear Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Footwear Retailing
  • Defence
  • General Hospitals

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Leather and Leather Substitute Product Manufacturing
  • Nut, Bolt, Screw and Rivet Manufacturing
  • Paperboard Container Manufacturing
  • Tool and Hardware Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Footwear with leather uppers
  • Specialised footwear
  • Footwear with plastic or rubber uppers
  • Other
  • Chart: Footwear Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Footwear wholesalers
  • Department stores
  • Export markets
  • Specialty footwear retailers
  • Manufacturer direct sale
  • Specialised industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Footwear Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    RM Williams Proprietary Limited,
  • Table: RM Williams Proprietary Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Footwear Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Leather Shoes
  • Shoes entirely or mostly made of leather, whether natural, artificial or synthetic.
  • Plastic Shoes
  • Shoes, such as slippers and sandals, made of a variety of plastics.
  • Tcf Industries
  • Textile, clothing and footwear industries.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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