Worn out: Increasing import penetration has forced numerous players out of the industry

The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry has declined over the past five years, with manufacturers moving operations offshore to take advantage of more efficient cost structures. Import penetration has also challenged industry operators, with manufacturers struggling to compete with low-cost imports from Asia. China is the largest import market, accounting for over 60% of women's and girls' wear imports. From 1 January 2017, tariffs were removed on all apparel imported from China, further increasing the competitiveness of Chinese imports...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Volatile consumer sentiment has contributed to subdued retail spending, weakening downstream demand
  • Australian manufacturers are beginning to focus on producing higher value-added products
  • Enterprise numbers are projected to fall as more firms exit the industry or offshore production
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is projected to fall at an annualised 7.2% over the 10 years through 2022-23. This represents an underperformance relative to the overall economy, with GDP forecast to grow at an annualised 2.5% over the same period. Industry operators have struggled due to fierce import competition from countries with lower overhead costs, such as China, weak retail conditions and changes to regulation.The number of industry enterprises has fallen over the past five years. Low profit margins and poor industry performance have forced many companies out of the industry. Man...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry

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

  • Establishment of brand names
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Having marketing expertise
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Demand from department stores in the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators manufacture women’s and girls’ clothing from purchased or transferred-in materials. Clothing made from fur, leather, plastic or rubber is not included. Industry firms purchase fabrics and materials from textile producers. These fabrics are cut and sewn to produce women’s and girls’ apparel. Retail and wholesale firms purchase this clothing to sell to consumers.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses and suits
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Shirts, blouses and t-shirts
  • Cardigans, jumpers and coats
  • Other clothing
  • Industry Activities
  • Women's and girls' dresses and suits
  • Women's and girls' coats and jackets
  • Women's and girls' jeans and pants
  • Women's and girls' cardigans and jumpers
  • Women's and girls' t-shirts, shirts and blouses
  • Women's and girls' skirts and shorts
  • Women's and girls' uniform and workwear
  • 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 clothing retailing
  • Demand from department stores
  • Import duties on apparel manufacturing
  • Real household disposable income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • International trade
  • Technology
  • Fast fashion
  • Ethical and eco-friendly fashion
  • Industry regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • International trade
  • Technology
  • Eco-friendly fashion
  • Fast fashion
  • Table: Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing
  • Online Shopping

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

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses and suits
  • Shirts, blouses and t-shirts
  • Other clothing
  • Pants, jeans, shorts and skirts
  • Cardigans, jumpers and coats
  • Chart: Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Clothing retailers
  • Clothing wholesalers
  • Department stores
  • Online-only retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's and Girls' Wear 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 Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
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  • Table: Cue & Co Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's and Girls' 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing Industry
  • 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
    3D Printer
  • A machine that can create physical object from a 3D digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.
  • Computer Aided Design (Cad)
  • Digital programs used in the design process that allow for 3D views and the ability to change colours, modify fabric and print results.
  • Outworker
  • External employees hired as contractors or sole proprietors.
  • Tariff
  • A tax on imported goods produced by overseas manufacturers.
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