Worn out: Import competition will hinder revenue growth for the industry

Since the removal of apparel import tariffs on less-developed nations in 2003, the Women's and Girls' Apparel Manufacturing industry in Canada has been in decline. The industry is now characterized by offshoring, import competition and a subsequent shift toward the production of high-end, value-added designer and handcrafted fashions. Due to intense price competition from relatively inexpensive imported goods, Canadian clothing manufacturing companies have reduced low-end apparel production. Companies that remain in the Canadian apparel manufacturing market mostly produce premium apparel for niche consumers. Over the five years to 2023, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to continue declining, as imports' share of domestic demand increases...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is now characterized by offshoring, import competition and a shift toward value-added fashions
  • Many industry operators have implemented vast staff cuts by offshoring production to low labour cost countries
  • There will still be significant international demand for premium and niche Canadian goods
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Similar to other manufacturing industries, operators in the Women's and Girls' Apparel Manufacturing industry in Canada are generally located in proximity to shipping lines that connect them to both upstream suppliers and downstream customers, thereby keeping distribution costs low. Moreover, companies prefer to be located near densely populated areas, because these hubs contain both large pools of available labour and significant consumer bases. Being located near their customers enables manufacturers to easily keep up with the latest fashions and consumer preferences, which in turn gives them the ability to gear production toward the latest trends.A total of 50.9% of industry establishments are in Quebec, which is home to 22.8% of Canada's total population. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry are

  • Establishment of export markets
  • Access to niche markets
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total imports and Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index in the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry?

    Industry operators manufacture cut and sewn blouses, shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, nightwear, suits, coats and other outerwear for women and girls, by cutting and sewing purchased materials. Manufacturers that produce knitted, fur or leather apparel are not included in this industry, nor are manufacturers of socks or hosiery.

    Industry Products
  • Dresses and suits
  • Coats, jackets and outerwear
  • Lingerie, loungewear and nightwear
  • Swimwear
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing women's and girls' lingerie, loungewear and nightwear
  • Manufacturing women's and girls' blouses and shirts
  • Manufacturing women's and girls' dresses
  • Manufacturing women's and girls' suits, coats, tailored jackets and skirts
  • Manufacturing other women's and girls' apparel
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total imports
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Per capita disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Pressure from imports
  • High-end products and export markets
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Exports decline
  • Import dominance maintains industry contraction
  • Table: Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing & Clothing Accessories Wholesaling in Canada
  • Women's Clothing Stores in Canada
  • Children's & Infants' Clothing Stores in Canada
  • Family Clothing Stores in Canada
  • Lingerie, Swimwear & Bridal Stores in Canada
  • Department Stores in Canada
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercentres in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Jewellery Manufacturing in Canada
  • Textile Mills in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Dresses and suits
  • Coats, jackets and outerwear
  • Swimwear
  • Lingerie, loungewear and nightwear
  • Other
  • Chart: Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Exports to the United States
  • Exports to other countries
  • Wholesalers
  • Discount stores
  • Department stores
  • Other
  • Specialty stores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Women's & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Canada Goose Holdings Inc., Gildan Activewear Inc.,
  • Table: Canada Goose Holdings Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Gildan Activewear Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Women's & Girls' Apparel 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 & Girls' Apparel Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Canadian-dollar effective exchange rate index (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cut And Sew
  • A term used to refer to apparel that has been made from cutting and sewing raw fabric (as opposed to knitting, or simply printing on precut and sewn fabric).
  • Least Developed Countries
  • A United Nations designation for countries with low socioeconomic development indicators
  • Offshoring
  • Relocating part of a company's business operations, such as manufacturing or accounting, to a country other than where it is headquartered, whether the work is outsourced or stays within the company
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