Riches to rags: Strong import competition continues to wear down industry revenue

Operators in the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing industry have faced difficult trading conditions over the past five years. Imports have increased significantly over the period, placing substantial pressure on local manufacturers. Tariffs were removed on all apparel imported from China in January 2017, while general tariffs on apparel were lowered to 5.0% in January 2015. Lowered or removed tariffs have contributed to strong import growth over the past five years, with imports expected to account for over 85% of domestic demand in 2018-19. China is anticipated to account for over 70% of industry imports in the current year. Additionally, many local operators have moved their manufacturing operations offshore to benefit from lower overhead more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong import competition has caused industry revenue to decline over the past five years
  • Australian manufacturers are beginning to focus on producing higher value-added products
  • Industry enterprise numbers will fall as more firms exit the industry or move production offshore
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The number of industry establishments has declined over the past five years due to intensifying import competition. Most industry establishments are located in New South Wales and Victoria. The industry is concentrated in these states due to the historical development of apparel manufacturing in these areas, and their close proximity to raw materials, workers and consumers. Downstream clothing wholesalers, clothing retailers and department stores are also heavily concentrated in these states, due to the spread of the population. In particular, Victoria has historically had a strong textiles sector and is overrepresented in terms of industry enterprise numbers compared with its share of the population...purchase to read more.

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

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Women's and Girls' Wear Manufacturing 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
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

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

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Clothing wholesalers
  • Clothing retailers
  • Export markets
  • 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 competition
  • External competition

  • 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • 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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