the world's largest exporter of swimwear, accounting
for approximately 70 percent of global shipments.
With steadily growing demand, exports continue to
show strong growth. Most suppliers are anticipating
overseas shipments to increase by at least 20
percent in 2006. Exports in the beginning of 2006
have already increased by more than 20 percent
In 2005, the country shipped more than 259
million pieces of men's, women's and children's
swimwear worth about US$383 million. Exports
increased 26 percent in volume and38 percent in
value compared to the previous year.
The elimination of all WTO textile quotas in 2005
helped propel the US to become the top importer of
In that year, the US purchased US$79 million
worth of the product, an increase of more than 500
percent in value from 2004.
Regionally, however, the EU takes the top spot
with 92 million pieces worth US$128 million in
imports. Germany, the UK, Italy, France and Spain
are the main destinations for shipments.
OEM orders make up the bulk of shipments from
China, especially those bound for the US and the EU.
About 70 percent of the country's swimwear exports
are for OEM clients. Many small companies devote
their entire production to OEM business.
OBM products are shipped mainly to Eastern
Europe, South America and Africa.
are some of the key trends we see in China's
|More suppliers are expected
to produce upscale designs in 2006, mainly
because of the fierce price competition in
the low end. Makers continue to enhance
models by using performance fabric, unique
prints, beadwork and embroidery.
|Buyers can expect more
functional releases from China makers. UV
resistance, shape retention and
chlorine-resistance are among the common
features that will be available in new
|Many companies are
upgrading their facilities to improve
production efficiency and design capability.
A number of makers have invested in advanced
equipment from Japan and the US.
|Women's swimwear will
remain China's largest export product in the
line. But more suppliers are venturing into
the production of children's designs. The
line has high growth potential mainly due to
increased demand from the EU and Asia.
This report covers China suppliers that produce
swimwear for men, women and children.
The Products & Prices section details both
current and upcoming trends for swimwear. The
features and prices of each type are discussed
according to low end, midrange and high end. The
different materials used and where they are sourced
from are detailed in this section.
The R&D section discusses how makers are
improving the quality of fabric and accessories as
part of their efforts to release more functional and