In tatters: Strong competition from low-cost imports has caused significant revenue losses

IBISWorld’s Men's and Boys' Wear 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
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

  • Increasing international competition has reduced industry demand over the past five years
  • Intensifying competition from imported clothing has placed downward pressure on profit margins
  • As more players focus on niche, high value-added products, margins are expected to rise

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing industry has faced significant losses over the past five years, as it has struggled to compete with international competitors that have significant cost advantages. Low wage costs overseas, and reduced tariffs on imported clothing have intensified competition and contributed to a flood of imported apparel. As a result, industry revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 7.8% over the five years through 2016-17, to $133.3 million. The reduction in the tariff rate on imported clothing to 5.0% in January 2015 is anticipated to continue to affect the industry, with revenue projected to decline by 11.0% in the current year...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Over the past five years, the Men’s and Boys’ Wear Manufacturing industry has struggled to compete against growing import competition from low-wage manufacturers, predominantly those based in Asia. Instability in financial markets, which has negatively affected consumer sentiment and therefore spending, has also had a negative effect on industry demand. Price-conscious consumers, coupled with the high Australian dollar at the beginning of the five-year period, worsened conditions for the industry as overseas products became increasingly attractive. The industry has faced further pressure due to the introduction of new labour laws, which limited the industry’s use of contractors, known as outworkers. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Establishment of export markets
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry?

    The industry includes companies that manufacture men’s and boys’ apparel from purchased materials. Industry players purchase fabrics and materials from textile producers. These fabrics are then cut and sewn to produce men’s and boys’ clothing items, which are purchased by retail and wholesale firms for resale to consumers. Headwear, footwear and garments made from leather are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Cardigans, jumpers and coats
    Trousers and jeans
    Shirts and t-shirts
    Industry Activities
    Men's and boys' coats and jackets
    Men's and boys' jeans, trousers and shorts
    Men's and boys' suits
    Men's and boys' cardigans and jumpers
    Men's and boys' shirts, t-shirts and tops
    Men's and boys' uniform and workwear

    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
  • Import duties on apparel manufacturing
  • Real household disposable income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Imports
  • Outworkers
  • Retail downturn
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Slowing imports
  • Niche markets
  • Table: Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing
  • Defence
  • Health Care and Social Assistance

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Knitted Product Manufacturing
  • Synthetic and Natural Textile Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Shirts and t-shirts
  • Trousers and jeans
  • Cardigans, jumpers and coats
  • Suits
  • Other
  • Chart: Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Boutique and independent stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Specialised industries
  • Department stores
  • Consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Men's and Boys' Wear Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Men's and Boys' Wear 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 Men's and Boys' Wear 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 Men's and Boys' Wear 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
    Computer Aided Design (Cad)
  • Assists with clothing design by providing a three-dimensional view and the ability to change colours, modify fabric structure and print results.
  • Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Includes two or more machines that work together to produce a garment through a sequence of operations.
  • Radio-Frequency Identification
  • Wireless computer chips that track products through the supply chain from the manufacturer to the customer, and contain information on the source, destination and price of the good.
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