the sixth-largest apparel exporting country in the
world, with exports valued at US$5.5 billion in
2004, a year-on-year growth of 12 percent in value
terms. Women's garments comprise the majority of
apparel exports from the country, accounting for an
estimated 45 percent of shipments. Exports in the
category will soar in the next 12 months as a result
of the removal of quota restrictions.
Suppliers have been preparing for the anticipated
demand growth by expanding their capacity and at the
same time enhancing quality and reducing delivery
times to compete in the 'survival of the fittest'
scenario of the quota-free regime.
are some of the key trends we see in India's
women's garment export industry:
|The country will become the
next most-attractive apparel sourcing option
after China, leaving behind other garment
exporting countries in Asia.
|Production capacity will
increase dramatically as the majority of
makers plan to set up new factories or
expand their current ones in the next 12
|Intense internal and
external competition will force makers to
modernize and automate their factories to
improve quality, lower production costs and
reduce delivery times. Many makers have
already planned to upgrade their facilities
with computerized sewing machines, automatic
fabric laying and cutting machines, and CAD
|Increased competition might
also result in a shakeout in the industry,
as small companies with limited capital
might not be able to survive price
pressures, and as new entrants join the
|Export prices will decrease
by up to 10 percent as suppliers undercut
each other to secure more orders. In
addition, competition from China will force
makers to lower quotes.
|Women's tops and dresses
will remain the main export product
categories, but output and exports of pants
and trousers will increase substantially.
Women's tops, including blouses and T-shirts,
dresses, skirts, trousers and sleepwear are the main
categories of women's garments exported from India.
Tops comprise an estimated 50 percent of output and
exports, followed by dresses and skirts with
combined exports of approximately 30 percent.
Pants currently comprise only about five percent
of exports, while sleepwear accounts for almost 10
percent. This report covers all these main women's
garments produced by India makers.
The Products & Prices section explains the
differences between low-end, midrange and high-end
garments in each product category and includes their
respective price ranges. The Manufacturing module
discusses the production processes followed by India
makers, highlighting the steps they are taking to
automate garment manufacture. The R&D/design module
elaborates on makers' design focuses, while the
Fabrics & Accessories section provides insight into
suppliers' raw material sourcing strategies.
Among the featured suppliers in this report is
South India-based Eastman Exports, the largest
exporter of knitted garments in the country, with
total sales amounting to US$90 million in financial
year 2003-04. Also visited for the report is North
India-based Shahi, which is among the top five
garment exporters in India.
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