Apparel Manufacturing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 1/11/2021
SIC Codes: 2253, 2353
NAICS Codes: 315
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Companies in this industry manufacture garments made from purchased fabric and from fabric they produce themselves. Major companies include Hanesbrands, Levi Strauss, Michael Kors, PVH, Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, and VF Corporation (all based in the US) along with Prada (Italy).

Global fashion sales, an indicator of demand for apparel manufacturing, are projected to increase by between 3.5% and 4.5% in 2018, according to McKinsey & Company's State of Fashion 2018 report. Longer term, global fashion sales are forecast to grow at an average rate of 5.5% per year. China, the world's largest apparel manufacturer, accounts for about 35% of the world export market. The European Union, Japan, and the US are the largest importers of apparel, together accounting for more than 80% of imports.

The US apparel manufacturing industry includes about 6,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $10.5 billion.


Apparel manufacturers compete on both price and fashion. Under many supply agreements, customers can cancel orders or return unwanted inventory. Companies with a competitive advantage are those that can successfully cater to consumer tastes while managing costs and securing beneficial contracts with clothing marketers.

Large integrated companies such as Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren have sophisticated marketing programs to promote their brands. Small companies can compete effectively with large ones by specializing in a particular type of clothing, such as athletic wear, ...

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