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Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in South Korea, 2020

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  • 45 Pages
  • September 2020
  • Region: South Korea
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
  • ID: 5157505

The Industry has Embarked on a Strategy of Concentrating on the Development of New Textile Materials with the Aim of Increasing the Added Value of Its Exports

The textile and clothing industry in South Korea played a major role in the country’s initial industrialization but it has subsequently been eclipsed by other industries, notably automotive and electronics. Nevertheless, the textile and clothing industry remains important, and it covers a wide range of vertically integrated activities. Furthermore, it is a substantial exporter - especially in textiles - stemming from the fact that it has an extensive synthetic fibre industry.

Looking to the future, the industry has embarked on a strategy of concentrating on the development of new textile materials with the aim of increasing the added value of its exports. In particular, the focus will be on smart fibres, nanofibres, fibres for healthy lifestyles and sustainability, and high-tech “super fibres”. To help the industry to achieve its export target, South Korea has signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with numerous major countries in the world.

This report looks at the development of the textile and clothing industry in South Korea, its size and structure, and its production and consumption of fibres, textiles and clothing.

The report also features:

  • a geographical, political and economic profile;
  • a detailed look at South Korea’s imports and exports of textiles and clothing;
  • a review of the policies and investment incentives provided by the South Korean government;
  • an analysis of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the textile and clothing industry;
  • an appraisal of South Korea’s infrastructure and human resources, and an analysis of how these affect the textile and clothing industry;
  • and an examination of the industry's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

Table of Contents

  • Magniflex has developed antiviral mattresses and bedding products
  • Trident Group has launched a new range of antimicrobial home textile products
  • Two of Sanitized’s treatments have been verified as being effective against viruses when applied to polyester textiles

  • Advansa’s filling products are being used in the development of “back friendly” duvets

  • Sleep Number has launched the Climate360 Smart Bed which incorporates temperature regulating technology

  • Cocona is using a new additive in the manufacture of its 37.5 Technology fibres to help accelerate biodegradation

  • DSM Niaga has developed a carpet made from recycled materials

  • Himatsingka has launched a new brand of home textile products called Himêya and created a collection under the brand called Vitamin D
  • JCPenney has launched a bedding collection under its new Linden Street brand
  • West Elm has collaborated with REI Co-op in the development of a “co-curated” outdoor products collection

  • Pantone has introduced 351 new colours to its Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) colour system

  • The Fairtrade Foundation and Pratibha Syntex are working to develop a breed of nongenetically modified (non-GM) cotton seeds

  • Designtex and Hologenix LLC have collaborated in the development of Designtex Celliant upholstery fabrics
  • Seam Seal International has developed a hypoallergenic fabric for home textile applications which can be used as an environmentally sustainable alternative to PVC fabric
  • Tessutica has developed a range of fabrics called Greencare which incorporate yarns made from recycled waste
  • Sanderson has collaborated with the National Trust in the development of a decorative upholstery fabric collection

  • Advansa has developed a new fibrefill product which is derived from recycled waste materials

  • Lenzing has launched a new version of its Tencel Modal fibre called Tencel Modal fibre with Eco Pure technology

  • BigSky Technologies has developed a fluorine-free textile finishing treatment called GreenShield ZERO
  • Devan Chemicals has developed two new bio-based finishes for home textile products
  • HeiQ has developed a new bio-based thermoregulation treatment for home textile products
  • Mattresses airweave has developed a new mattress which has a modular design

  • CH-Bioforce is working with AB InBev to convert brewing waste into textile materials

  • Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles has announced its design theme for 2021

List of Figures
Figure 1: Climate360 Smart Bed
Figure 2: Again carpet
Figure 3: Bedding products from Himêya’s Vitamin D collection
Figure 4: Linden Street bedding products
Figure 5: REI x West Elm products
Figure 6: Colours from Pantone’s Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) colour system
Figure 7: Designtex Celliant fabric
Figure 8: Greencare upholstery fabric
Figure 9: Fabric treated with GreenShield ZERO
Figure 10: Cozy Warmth, Past Future and Bold Clash trend images

Companies Mentioned

  • AB InBev
  • Advansa
  • BigSky Technologies
  • CH-Bioforce
  • Cocona
  • Designtex
  • Devan Chemicals
  • DSM Niaga
  • HeiQ
  • Himatsingka
  • Hologenix LLC
  • Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles
  • JCPenney
  • Lenzing
  • Magniflex
  • Mattresses Airweave
  • Pantone
  • Pratibha Syntex
  • REI Co-op
  • Sanderson
  • Sanitized
  • Seam Seal International
  • Sleep Number
  • Tessutica
  • The Fairtrade Foundation
  • Tident Group
  • West Elm