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