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Global Apparel & Non-Apparel Manufacturing Market: Supply Chain Analysis

Published: 15 September 2023 Code: GDVC003-088

Globaldata’s Global Apparel & Non-Apparel Manufacturing Market: Supply Chain Analysis report gives key insights about the supply chain analysis, raw materials analysis, and manufacturing & distribution analysis.

Access our report for a comprehensive study on the supply chain aspect in the apparel & non-apparel manufacturing market. The global apparel and non-apparel manufacturing market’s supply chain can be divided into five distinct stages: raw materials, textile production, apparel manufacture, distribution/wholesaling, and retail.

The materials category consists of largely natural materials such as cotton, silk, and wool. These are largely grown or bred for the specific purpose of providing the material in question. Cotton production is dominated by India, China, and the US, although Pakistan and Brazil are also notable producers. Much of the farming is done by small-scale farmers with individual holdings, although they are sometimes supported by larger organizations such as Agrocel Pure & Fair Cotton Growers’ Association. These often sell their materials directly on to the next stage of the supply chain, but there are a small number of distributors who buy large stocks and then sell on to the textile companies. A notable example of such a company is Switzerland-based Cotton Distributors Inc. (CDI).

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Animals are not necessarily specially bred, as wool and other skins are sometimes by-products of food production. To provide wool or skin. These materials are usually sold to farms or wool processors through private contracts. Plants (next stage in the value chain). Producers are a mix of small operators and large companies. Several The latter is integrated forward. For example, the US-based Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, of course, offers full service.

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  • Growing animal welfare pressure: A key consideration for apparel retailers, even at this stage of the value chain, is the treatment and use of animals for materials. Much pressure has been applied in recent years to find synthetic alternatives and retailers are increasingly aware of the impact this can have on brand image
  • Textile production: Textile companies turn the raw materials into the textiles that are then used in the production of apparel, such as denim for example. For natural materials such as cotton, silk, and wool, this involves processes such as spinning and weaving. Some raw materials producers have forwards integrated into this stage of the supply chain, although this is not the norm
  • Asia remains home of manufacturingdue to low-wage environment: Manufacturers are present across the globe, although a sizeable proportion are located in the low-cost manufacturing nations of East and South-East Asia. Manufacturers may work on contract for large retailers/fashion brands or they may work independently and supply wholesalers

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