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China's US$1 billion hat and cap industry is gearing up for increased demand as more overseas buyers shift their sourcing to the country's nearly 3,000 export suppliers. The lifting of US quotas on cotton and polyester hats and caps is also a factor behind steadily growing demand.

In 2004, total outbound shipments increased 22.7 percent from 2.7 billion to 3.4 billion pieces. The US and the European Union are the country's top export markets.

One of the biggest challenges facing China's labor-intensive hat and cap industry today is the increasing cost of production. Higher material prices and rising worker salaries pushed total manufacturing and operating costs up by as much as 30 percent last year.

The following are some of the key trends we see in China's hat and cap industry:

The majority of hat and cap makers will be significantly increasing capacity to meet overseas demand. Most suppliers are building new factories or expanding facilities, while smaller companies are looking for more companies to subcontract production to.

Increasing production costs will continue to be an issue of concern for hat and cap makers in China. While about half of the suppliers are keen on keeping export prices stable in the next 12 months, the other half will definitely raise quotes.

OEM production will continue to drive exports for the next few years.

The US and EU will remain the country's major destinations for hats and caps, while the Middle East and Asia, Japan in particular, are emerging markets.

Sports caps will continue to dominate exports because they are the easiest to produce. Apart from this, sports caps are more versatile and can be used for promotional purposes, sports or as a fashion accessory.

Suppliers in China export three types of hats and caps
sports caps and visors, fashion hats and caps, and winter headwear. These are also the scope of this report.

Almost all hat and cap manufacturers produce sports caps, and there are some that specialize in the line. More than 70 percent of suppliers featured in this report produce all three kinds of hats and caps for export, and more than 50 percent have sports caps and visors as their main product line.

The Products & Prices section in this report discusses the main features of each hat and cap type and their price ranges. It also explains the differences between low-end, midrange and high-end products in each product category.

Product development and design focus are discussed in the R&D/ Design section, while the Materials & Components module details the main fabrics used by China makers.

The Manufacturing section lists the key steps in hat and cap production and how these differ in small, midsize and large companies.

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China exported 3.4 billion hats and caps worth more than US$1 billion in 2004, up 22.7% from the previous year. The removal of quotas is expected to result in even greater growth in 2005.

As a result of this increase in demand, many China suppliers are constructing additional factories or expanding existing ones to boost capacity by as much as 50%.

This report prepares you to tap new opportunities in one of the world's fastest-growing
and most competitive
supply markets.

Benefit from 64 profiles of China hat and cap manufacturers, plus inside information on new products, prices and designs that make it easy to pre-qualify suppliers who meet your needs.

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All information contained in China Sourcing Reports is the result of original, independent and impartial research conducted by Global Sources analysts.    Apparel Search is working in association with Global Sources to help promote this sourcing report to the international fashion community.  If you have questions about the report or status of your orders, please e-mail Xue Mei for further assistance.
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