India is the world's second largest producer of textiles and garments. Abundant availability of raw materials such as cotton, wool, silk and jute and skilled workforce have made India a sourcing hub. The size of Indian textile and apparel market stood at US$ 89 billion in 2011 and is expected to touch US$ 221 billion by 2020.
The industry is set for strong growth, buoyed by both strong domestic consumption as well as export demand. The organised apparel segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 13 per cent over a 10-year period creating enormous opportunities. Apparel constitute a large share in the overall sector, accounting for 69 per cent in 2012 while textile contributed 31 per cent to the total market share. The total exports of textile and apparel sector from India grew to US$ 33.3 billion in FY12 from US$ 17.6 billion in FY06, implying a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent. The exports are expected to increase further to US$ 82 billion by 2021.h rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent. The exports are expected to increase further to US$ 82 billion by 2021.
India's growing population has been a key driver of textile consumption growth in the country. Changing lifestyle, rising incomes and increasing demand for quality products are set to fuel demand for apparel.
The Government of India (GOI) is taking initiatives to attract foreign investments in the textile sector through promotional visits to countries such as Japan, Germany, Italy and France. The government has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector through the automatic route. In the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the government plans to spend US$ 9.1 billion on textiles as against US$ 4 billion in the 11th Plan.