Dressing up: The rise of ethical consumerism has been key to growth over the past five years

The past five years have been a period of revival and growth for the Clothing Manufacturing industry. The industry has been supported by programmes directed at boosting the innovative capacity of the wider textiles manufacturing sector. This has included a series of grants and training programmes to enhance skills training under the Alliance Project, established in 2012, and the establishment of the Made in Britain accreditation in 2013. Additionally, the association of many industry participants with luxury has allowed them to make gains, particularly in emerging markets where incomes are rising...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for luxury clothing, both domestically and overseas, has supported revenue growth
  • Firms that have branded themselves as luxury manufacturers performed well in export markets
  • Low-cost imported products are expected to remain a strong competitive threat
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the industry are medium and steady due to low capital requirements, light legislation and minimal professional qualification requirements. However, cost structures and the strong distribution links of existing firms can make it difficult for new firms to compete.Since the industry is labour intensive and requires little capital equipment or facilities, there are minimal capital requirements. However, potential operators must have adequate cash flow and funding for the initial trading period to cover overheads such as material costs and wages. Likewise, there are no industry-specific government requirements or licences required to operate.However, the intense competitive landscape presents a barrier to entry. Pot...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Economies of scope
  • Production of premium goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from clothing retailing and Total online expenditure in the Clothing Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What's in this report

    What is the Clothing Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture clothing from a wide range of materials. Products include ready-to-wear and made-to-measure clothing, workwear, and casual and formal apparel. Underwear and hosiery manufacturing is also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Outwear
  • Overcoats, raincoats, anoraks and other outdoor clothing
  • Coats, jackets and blazers
  • Accessories
  • Workwear
  • Knitted and crochet clothing
  • Underwear
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing women's clothing
  • Manufacturing men's clothing
  • Manufacturing children's clothing
  • Manufacturing workwear
  • Manufacturing underwear and hosiery
  • Manufacturing knitted clothing
  • Manufacturing clothing parts
  • Manufacturing accessories
  • 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
  • Total online expenditure
  • Value of goods imports
  • Demand from department stores
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Assisting growth
  • Increasing imports
  • Export performance
  • Domestic conditions
  • Sustainable clothing
  • Industry profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand trends
  • Domestic and foreign production
  • Sustainability challenge
  • Future concerns
  • Table: Clothing Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Clothing Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing & Footwear Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Clothing Retailing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Manufacture of Knitted and Crocheted Fabrics
  • Manufacture of Machinery for Textile, Apparel and Leather Production
  • Textile Weaving & Finishing

  • Products & Services
  • Outwear
  • Coats, jackets and blazers
  • Overcoats, raincoats, anoraks and other outdoor clothing
  • Accessories
  • Workwear
  • Knitted and crochet clothing
  • Underwear
  • Other
  • Chart: Clothing Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Disposable income and quality
  • Advertising and brand image
  • Demographics and social factors

  • Major Markets
  • Online retailing and e-commerce
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Department stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Clothing 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 Clothing Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Clothing 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 Clothing Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Discretionary Goods
  • Non-essential items that are often considered a luxury, such as high-end clothing.
  • Ecocircle Plant Fibre
  • A plant-based polyester that is an alternative material to cotton and wool.
  • Fast Fashion
  • Clothing produced rapidly and by mass-market in response to the latest trends.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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