Benefits of This Report: -- Single out manufacturers that produce T-shirts and polo-shirts for retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, and for sports brands like Nike, Adidas and Reebok -- Find out how new materials -- such as DuPonts Sorona fibers (polymers that lend better stretch, recovery and stain resistance to fabrics) -- will be used in upcoming T-shirt and polo-shirt designs -- Get a detailed price guide that includes basic features and price ranges of low-end, midrange and high-end T-shirts and polo-shirts -- Identify suppliers that have vertically integrated production systems, in which the knitting, printing and dyeing of fabrics are done in-house -- Discover the comparative advantages of sourcing from trading companies vs. manufacturers
This Reports Provides: -- 15 in-depth profiles of major T-shirt and polo-shirt manufacturers, providing detailed information on product offerings, manufacturing capabilities and future plans -- Short profiles of 58 additional suppliers with key facts such as output capacities, production checklists, export ratios and major export markets -- A Product Gallery of 102 best-selling T-shirts and polo-shirts for men and women, with full-color pictures and detailed descriptions -- The results of our latest supplier survey, summarizing price, product, production and R&D trends for the next 12 months -- This report covers: mens T-shirts, mens polo-shirts, womens T-shirts and womens polo-shirts
Chinas booming T-shirt and polo-shirt industry is poised for more than 30 percent export sales growth in 2005.
At US$3.3 billion, exports in the first nine months of 2004 already surpass 2003 shipments of US$3.2 billion. By the end of this year, exports are expected to cross the US$4 billion mark.
Japan is Chinas largest export market, absorbing close to US$2.5 billion worth of T-shirts and polo-shirts from January 2003 to September 2004. South Korea and Australia are second and third, importing US$447 million and US$361 million worth, respectively, in the same period.
The garment and textile quotas that have been in place since 1974 limit exports to the United States and the European Union. The US is currently Chinas fourth largest importer, absorbing some US$268 million worth in the same 21-month span, while exports to the EU amounted to US$559 million.
The quota system ends this year, and despite the possible safeguards that might be imposed on China T-shirts and polo-shirts, suppliers are already preparing for an exports surge post-quota.
The following are some of the key trends we see in Chinas T-shirts and polo shirts exports industry:
-- Exports to the US and the EU are expected to increase by 20 to 50 percent after quota removal.
-- Most suppliers will keep prices at current levels. Prices should drop once per-piece quota fees are removed, but suppliers still face rising raw-material and production costs. In addition, uncertainties over possible safeguards make suppliers wary of changing current price strategies.
-- Suppliers are aware they cannot compete on low prices alone and are boosting R&D capabilities and moving up from low-end to midrange and high-end production to remain competitive.
-- Production capacities are being expanded to meet the anticipated increase in demand. Many suppliers are building new factories.
Chinas more than 2,000 export manufacturers produce T-shirts and polo shirts for men, women and children. About half of these suppliers have direct export capability and the rest ship their products through trading companies. This report focuses on mens and womens designs and does not cover childrens models. Most China makers of mens and womens T-shirts and polo-shirts do not produce childrens models, and those that do usually offer these as a sideline.
T-shirts account for more than 90 percent of shipments, with mens T-shirts taking up more than half the export share. More than 70 percent of suppliers output is produced for OEM clients. China suppliers manufacture T-shirts and polo-shirts for major fashion retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, and for sports brands Nike, Reebok and Adidas. The remaining output carries suppliers in-house brand names.
Topics Covered INDUSTRY OVERVIEW Supplier demographics Products and prices Materials Manufacturing R&D/design Supplier survey -- projected export prices, export sales, R&D focus, target markets, equipment purchase plans, capacity expansion, hot product lines SUPPLIER PROFILES Products Manufacturing Outlook Ranking Popular export models PRODUCT GALLERY Mens T-shirts and polo-shirts Womens T-shirts and polo-shirts SUPPLIER DETAILS
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