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Textile and Apparel in China: Competitive Threat or Investment Opportunity?

  • ID: 38732
  • Report
  • January 2002
  • Region: China
  • 41 pages
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
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Textiles and Apparel in China: Competitive Threat or Investment Opportunity? is a research-based report which provides potential investors and foreign competitors with an overview of the textile and apparel industry in China.

The report examines the development and structure of the industry, by product sector and process, and presents detailed information, data and analysis in a clear and simple format which is easy to use.

In addition to valuable trade and production data for each sector, the report looks at foreign investments into China, predicts the likely impact of China’s W To membership and the phase-out of quotas, and assesses the textile and apparel industry’s future prospects.
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Introduction<BR>Industry Development<BR>From state control to private enterprise<BR>Ownership<BR>Role of the market<BR>Export expansion<BR>Industry upgrading<BR>Geographical Distribution<BR>Textiles<BR>Apparel<BR>Industrial clusters<BR>Industry Structure<BR>Fibre Supply<BR>Cotton<BR>Wool<BR>Other natural fibres <BR>Man-made fibres <BR>Cotton Textiles<BR>Wool Textiles<BR>Output growth<BR>Wool consumption per head<BR>Raw material supplies<BR>Markets<BR>Geographical distribution<BR>Dyeing and Printing<BR>Quality, technology and design<BR>Geographical distribution<BR>Apparel Manufacturing<BR>Exports<BR>Productivity and quality<BR>Design and brands<BR>Home Textiles<BR>Categories <BR>Design and coordination<BR>Market potential<BR>Technical Textiles<BR>International Trade Policy<BR>Quotas<BR>WTO membership<BR>International Trade<BR>Exports<BR>Export markets<BR>Imports<BR>Foreign Investments<BR>Development<BR>Characteristics<BR>Scope for future investment<BR>Government guidelines for foreign investments<BR>Future Prospects<BR><BR>List of tables<BR><BR>Table 1: China: macroeconomic indicators, 1995-2001<BR>Table 2: China: output of major textile and apparel products, 2001<BR>Table 3: China: geographical distribution of the textile and apparel industry, 2001<BR>Table 4: China: structure of the textile and apparel industry, 2001<BR>Table 5: China: output of fibres by selected fibre types, 1950-2000<BR>Table 6: China and world: productive capacity in the cotton-type spinning sector, 1980-99<BR>Table 7: China and world: productive capacity in the cotton-type weaving sector, 1980-99<BR>Table 8: USA: average prices of apparel imports from China and from all sources, 1989-2001<BR>Table 9: China: textile and apparel exports, 1980-2001<BR>Table 10: China: textile and apparel exports to the five leading markets, 1998-2001<BR>Table 11: China: textile and apparel exports by region and selected destination countries, 2001<BR>Table 12: USA, EU and Japan: textile and apparel imports from China, 2001<BR>Table 13: China: exports of textiles and apparel by major provinces and municipalities, 2001<BR>Table 14: China: textile and apparel imports, 1980-2001<BR>Table 15: China: textile and apparel imports by province, 2001<BR>Table 16. China: foreign invested enterprises in the textile and apparel industry, 2000<BR><BR>List of figures<BR><BR>Figure 1 Importance of five leading regions in Chinese textile and apparel output and exports, 2001<BR>Figure 2 Importance of China in world spinning capacity, 2001<BR>Figure 3 Importance of China in world weaving capacity, 2001<BR>Figure 4 Comparison of average prices of US apparel imports from China and US imports from all sources, 1989-2001<BR>Figure 5 US imports of textiles and apparel from China, 1995-July 2002<BR>Figure 6 Importance of China in the world's leading textile and apparel markets, 2001<BR>Figure 7 Growth of Chinese textile and apparel imports, 1980-2001<BR>
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The Chinese textile and apparel industry has grown rapidly over the past two decades. As a result, China is now the world’s largest exporter of apparel and textile products. This achievement is attributable mainly to China’s policy of economic reform after opening up to the outside world, coupled with the country’s low labour costs. Today the activities of enterprises are more market oriented, and various forms of ownership are flourishing. <BR><BR>Foreign investments have played an important role in this development. The industry is also more efficient and profitable as a result of a government restructuring and consolidation programme which was introduced after six years of losses. During 1997-99 as many as 10 mn cotton spindles were scrapped and 1.2 mn workers displaced.<BR><BR>The industry’s future development will depend on the domestic economic situation and on international conditions. China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in late 2001 has created an opportunity for further export growth. One immediate consequence is that quotas restricting Chinese exports to US and EU markets will be<BR>phased out and finally eliminated at the end of 2004 under the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC). However, all WTO members will benefit from the quota phase-out, which means that China will face intensified competition in international markets.<BR><BR>Furthermore, China is obliged to lower its own trade barriers, resulting in stiffer competition in the domestic market.<BR>
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