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China's 12,000 exporters of parkas and windbreakers shipped out US$3.8 billion worth of the products in the 10 months to October 2005. It is estimated that 85 percent of the country's exports in the line are go to OEM and ODM customers.

The US is the largest importer of China-made parkas and windbreakers, purchasing 63.8 million pieces worth US$591 million from January to October 2005. In terms of volume, Japan is afar second, importing about 40 million pieces worth US$438 million in the same 10-month period.

But the combined purchases from Italy, the UK, France and Spain make EU the top importer. Combined exports to the EU reached 183 million pieces worth US$1.6 billion in the same period.

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

 
Higher material and labor costs continue to be a challenge for most makers. Although many companies have already increased prices in 2005, more suppliers will be raising quotes by up to 15 percent in 2006.

 
More suppliers will invest in automated machinery to improve efficiency and reduce production costs. These include locally made seam taping machines that speed up seam reinforcement and imported cutters that are able to cut thicker layers of fabric, saving production time.

 
Buyers can expect more value added and functional releases from China in coming months. Breathability, odor-resistance, and anti-static and anti-bacterial features are among the common functions that will be available in new products.

 
Even though many companies are producing higher-priced, value-added designs, low-end models will continue to be China's mainstay for the next several years.

China makers can offer most types of parkas and windbreakers. Many of these suppliers also offer specialty jackets, but mostly as a minor line. Specialty jackets are functional garments meant for a particular activity or sport, such as hunting or fishing.

Knitted jackets and models made of leather and uncoated fabric are not included in this report.

While the majority of China suppliers offer a range of jackets across all categories, there are some that specialize in just one line. More than 50 percent of the suppliers in this report make parkas, windbreakers and specialty jackets, and about one-third offer two types. These companies focus mainly on the production of windbreakers, with parkas and specialty jackets usually considered minor lines. More than 20 percent of featured suppliers, however, have parkas as their major product line and about 10 percent focus on specialty jackets.

The features and prices of each jacket type are discussed according to low end, midrange and high end in the Products & Prices section of this report. The types of materials used and where they are sourced are also presented 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 value-added designs.

The Manufacturing section details the production and QC processes in small, midsize and large companies.

The majority of parka and windbreaker suppliers in China are locally owned, but there are also a large number of foreign-owned or invested factories in the country. Reflecting this breakdown, more than half of the companies profiled in this report are locally owned and a few of them are publicly listed.

Parkas and windbreakers manufacture in China is mostly centered in Zhejiang province, where 27 percent of the interviewed suppliers are located. Fujian and Jiangsu follow, with 24 and 17 percent of the surveyed companies, respectively.

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China exported more than 475 million parkas and windbreakers
about 30% of the global supply
in the first 10 months of 2005.

There are about 10,000 manufacturers in the country; more than 60% of them small or midsized companies located in the provinces of Shandong and Fujian. Bigger makers are scattered across Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

The majority of suppliers produce all types of jackets, but those that specialize usually offer high-end models for a particular activity, such as skiing or hunting.
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