zippers and parts industry has been growing an
average 18 percent for the past five years. At
US$207.7 million, exports from January to October
2004 are up 23 percent over the same period in the
previous year. Finished and semifinished zippers
account for 79 percent of shipments and the rest are
zipper parts. About 15 percent of the staggering
21.2 billion meters of annual zipper output is
exported, while the rest is sold to domestic
manufacturers and exporters.
Although low-end products still dominate output
and exports, intense competition in this highly
mechanized industry is pushing many large and
well-established suppliers to midrange and high-end
The following are some of the key trends we see
in China's zippers export manufacturing industry:
|Export growth for finished
and semi-finished zippers, in terms of
value, is expected to remain at 25 percent
in 2005, but domestic sales are expected to
surge as garment exports from China
increase, following quota elimination.
|Suppliers moving up-market
are improving the quality, design and
function of new zippers. These makers are
releasing zippers with multicolor or
zircon-inlaid teeth, patterned tape and
customized sliders and pull tabs.
|These suppliers will also
be using more imported or branded materials,
despite higher costs, because of the
significant improvements they bring to
zipper performance and durability.
|The majority will be
raising prices by at least 10 percent in
response to higher material and operating
costs. Prices have already risen in 2004,
but most makers have to inflate them further
this year because raw material costs
continue to increase.
|Many suppliers are
improving production efficiency to minimize
wastage from defective zippers and cut
operational costs. Some of the midsize and
large companies are automating some or all
production processes to improve efficiency.
China suppliers produce nylon/polyester, Delrin/plastic
and metal zippers for export. Nylon dominates
exports accounting for more than half of total
The Products & Prices section in this report
explains the differences between low-end, mid range
and high-end zippers in each product category. The
Manufacturing module describes the production
processes for each type and the international
quality standards followed by China suppliers.
The China zipper export manufacturing industry is
comprised of 200 small to large enterprises, 40
percent of which have direct export capability.
Sixty percent of these suppliers are private locally
owned, 20 percent are private foreign-owned, 15
percent are joint-ventures, and only a few are
The 70 suppliers featured in this report reflect
the industry: 80 percent are private locally owned,
18 percent are private foreign-owned or invested,
and the rest are state-owned.
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