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Art and science in the textile manufacturing industry

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Singapore apparel industry is a 2.5 billion mammoth with a projected cumulative annual growth rate of 2.9 %. Singapore is the fourth largest exporter of apparel and footwear in Southeast Asia, selling $1.7 billion in 2015. Based on 2014 estimates, the textile and garment industry in Singapore is made up of 4,212 wholesalers and retailers and 606 manufacturers. This number is likely to boom further given the industry’s growth rates and the emergence of new local players.

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Art and science in the textile manufacturing industry

  1. 1. ART AND SCIENCE IN THE TEXTILE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
  2. 2. Singapore apparel industry is a 2.5 billion mammoth with a projected cumulative annual growth rate of 2.9 %. Singapore is the fourth largest exporter of apparel and footwear in Southeast Asia, selling $1.7 billion in 2015
  3. 3. Based on 2014 estimates, the textile and garment industry in Singapore is made up of 4,212 wholesalers and retailers and 606 manufacturers. This number is likely to boom further given the industry’s growth rates and the emergence of new local players.
  4. 4. In recent years, a quick survey of major industry players, or at least fashion brands that dominate garment, textiles trade exhibits, would suggest that the Singapore apparel industry is dominated by foreign players. Inditex, a leading clothing retailer with global revenues of $24 billion is Spanish.
  5. 5. Punto is a global enterprise owned is Belgian and Uniqlo, manufacturer and retailer of apparel with revenues in excess of $7 billion is Japanese. But if more recent trends and textile and garment trade show exhibitions are any indication, there is reason to believe indigenous industries are starting to make their presence felt.
  6. 6. At least 3 major trends are worth noting. The current boom in global atheleisure has created a suddenly vast market of consumers looking for casual wears that can warp from office to gym attire. In stores and garment exhibits, it is no longer uncommon to see lifestyle-oriented niche sneakers or limited edition home-grown sneakers being released or displayed.
  7. 7. Local apparel brands like Funfit which has a lien of sports, recreation clothes and swimwear with playful geometric patterns and Ohsosom that specializes in funky yoga apparel and accessories for modern women that are beginning to get attention in garment exhibits and is commercially establishing themselves as strong brands.
  8. 8. Another trend in Singapore garment and textile industry is the growing popularity of eco-friendly fashion, a broad term used to define garments and clothing products that were manufactured under environmental protection regulations and just labor conditions which means the use of eco-friendly materials like organically produced cotton and linen and regulated use of environmentally harmful dyes and bleaches that can damage bodies of water and communities, appropriate waste management systems, under fair labor wage and treatment policies.
  9. 9. From accessories to hats and apparel, competitive local brands are beginning to be active in textile shows in Singapore and are getting attention and fair market shares. Etrican manufactures sustainable fashion shorts and blouses with watercolour prints and cute flare skirts and embroidery detailing all made from organic cotton. Heads of State Millinery have head-turning hats handmade and crafted from sustainable materials and inspired by nature and animals like the jellyfish. Zhai manufactures classic, easy-to-wear and versatile pieces garments and accessories made of bamboo fibre.
  10. 10. Another lucrative segment of Singapore’s textile industry is women’s wear with revenues at $1 billion, equivalent to 42.9% of the industry’s overall value. In what used to the domain of European brands, a number of local Singapore garment manufacturers are now asserting their presence. Local brands like Aijek, Beyond The Vines, Stolen, Mae Pang Mash-Up, Ong Shunmugam, Collate The Label, has had strong showings in both garment trade shows and in sales increase in the last five years.

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