The clothing and textile industry is China’s traditional pillar industry, which is labor-intensive. Through historical and cultural accumulation and continuous practice and innovation, it has a stable position in the global value chain. In 2021, the global industrial chain and supply chain were severely hindered by the impact of the epidemic. However, in the face of severe and complex environmental situation, China’s textile and clothing exports in 2021 can still hit a record high for the same period! In the era of COVID-19, the industry has shown its resilience and stable development.
Industrial chain structure analysis
The industry chain of clothing and textile industry is divided into upstream, midstream and downstream. The upstream is responsible for raw material supply and manufacturing, while the midstream is responsible for processing and production manufacturing and the downstream is related to garment trade industry. The raw materials in the upstream of the industrial chain mainly include natural fibers such as cotton, hemp and cocoon silk, and chemical fibers such as man-made fibers and synthetic fibers, involving related industries such as agricultural planting, breeding and chemical industry. The middle reaches of the industrial chain mainly include textile and garment processing and manufacturing. The downstream industry chain mainly includes various sales and international trade channels.
The raw materials and manufacturing sector is the core of the entire industry, which is dominated by export trade, especially in the supply of cotton. China produces a huge amount of cotton, accounting for about 22% of the world’s production. Among them, Xinjiang is the most important production area. Guangdong province has gathered a number of garment trade enterprises. The supply of chemical fibres is mainly for domestic consumption, although natural fibres and renewable materials are also favoured in the context of sustainable development.
Seize opportunities and respond to challenges
China is the world’s largest textile and clothing producer and exporter. It has the world’s largest and most complete industrial system, from raw material supply, design and research to textile printing and dyeing processing, operation and retail. The manufacturing capacity and level of all links of the industrial chain rank among the world’s leaders. Therefore, entrepreneurs from many countries will come to China to seek opportunities to realize their enterprise value. As the impact of the pandemic dissipates and production recovers, problems such as air shipping due to the pandemic will diminish. Looking forward to the future, the clothing and textile industry still has the conditions and foundation for stable development. It is time to seize the opportunity and take action!