Unravelled: Falling retail demand and intense import competition have led to industry exits

IBISWorld’s Knitted Product Manufacturing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has struggled against intense competition from international manufacturers
  • The tariff reduction on clothing imports to 5.0% in 2015 will further boost import competition
  • There is little room for major players in the industry as brands target niche markets

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Knitted Product Manufacturing industry has struggled against intense competition from international manufacturers over the five years through 2016-17. Chinese imports in particular have flooded the domestic market due to their lower prices resulting from low wage and capital costs. Australian manufacturers have been unable to compete with foreign companies, losing an increasing proportion of the domestic market to imports. This effect has been exacerbated over the past five years by volatile business and consumer confidence, which has caused consumers to be wary with spending. As a result, industry revenue is expected to decline by a compound annual rate of 8.8% over the five years through 2016-17. Difficult conditions are expected to result in industry revenue declining by 3.1%...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Prospective industry operators face moderate barriers to entry. The most difficult barrier to entry in the industry is competition with existing manufacturers, particularly those manufacturing overseas. Entrants also face difficulty in acquiring licences and retail distribution channels in order to sell their goods, particularly when competing in relatively small niche markets.

    Incumbent players

    There are several incumbent players in the industry providing barriers to entry, particularly from overseas manufacturers. Companies remaining in the industry are most likely operating in smaller markets where goods are still in demand despite international competition. However, international competition provides the biggest barrier to entry. Wit..

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    Additional Insights for the Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Establishment of brand names
  • Effective quality control
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Knitted Product Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry consists of operators mainly engaged in manufacturing knitted or crocheted fabrics, or knitted clothing including hosiery, cardigans, jackets and pullovers. Fabrics are sold to other manufacturers for further production. Finished clothing products are purchased by wholesalers and retailers who then resell these items to the final consumer.

    Industry Products
    Knitted outerwear, jumpers and cardigans
    Hosiery, panty hose and socks
    Knitted and crocheted fabrics
    Industry Activities
    Knitted clothing and jacket
    Crocheted fabric
    Custom knitting of jumpers and cardigans
    Hosiery and sock
    Knitted fabric

    Table of Contents

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

  • Current Performance
  • International activity
  • Retail conditions
  • Employment regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Import penetration
  • Structural shift
  • Improving conditions
  • Table: Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing
  • Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing
  • Sleepwear, Underwear and Infant Clothing Manufacturing
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Synthetic and Natural Textile Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Knitted outerwear, jumpers and cardigans
  • Hosiery, panty hose and socks
  • Knitted and crocheted fabrics
  • Other
  • Chart: Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Clothing retailers
  • Discount department stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Other department stores
  • Supermarkets and other stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry

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

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Knitted Product Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Knitted Fabric
  • More elastic than woven fabric, knitted fabric is suitable for flexible clothing such as hosiery.
  • Merino Wool
  • A type of wool considered to be one of the finest and softest, coming from the Merino or Jackson sheep breed.
  • Outsourcing
  • Businesses outsource by sending tasks to other firms that are able to complete work more efficiently.
  • Woven Fabric
  • Made by weaving warp (lengthwise) yarns or spun fibre through weft yarns, woven fabrics are the most common type of cloth.
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