Coming unspooled: Operators must gain foothold in a niche market to combat import penetration

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Apparel Knitting Mills provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Niche markets and high-value designing and marketing are the industry’s bright spots
  • Declining revenue has coincided with profits normalizing
  • Profitable firms will seek synergies to combine with less profitable operations to increase market share

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Revenue for the Apparel Knitting Mills industry has declined slightly over the past five years. The decline in revenue is in line with the industry as a whole, which has been contracting for the last decade as more clothing manufacturing is done in low-cost countries abroad. Per capita disposable income growth over the past five years has helped offset further loses for the industry. In line with declining revenue due to lower production levels, margins for industry operators have also declined during the five-year period as companies fighting for business undercuts bargaining power. Industry revenue is expected to decline over the five years to 2021. Despite stable labor markets and continued growth in disposable income, a rising trade-weighted index will stifle industry revenue...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Apparel Knitting Mills industry is highly concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region, which accounts for 34.5% of industry establishments. Within the Mid-Atlantic, New York has the highest number of mills, with 23.3% of the country’s total, followed by New Jersey which accounts for 7.8% of establishments, good for third most in the country.

    Due to the shifting makeup of the industry, operators are no longer located in the South, which has been a traditional hub for textile manufacturers. Instead, many mills are now located in metropolitan areas and in cities near ports. The industry’s domestic markets are located in areas with a high population density and consumer traffic, which makes big cities an ideal location. Due..

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    Additional Insights for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Economies of scope
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Demand from clothing and clothing accessories stores in the Apparel Knitting Mills industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry?

    Industry operators knit and manufacture underwear, outerwear, nightwear and knitting fabric. Firms knit the fabric and then manufacture apparel; knit apparel directly from yarns and fibers; or knit, manufacture and finish the industry’s products. The products differ from cut and sew apparel products, which are generally manufactured from broadwoven fabrics purchased from textile mills.

    Industry Products
    Men's and boys' shirts
    Women's, girls' and infants' shirts
    Gloves, mittens, hats, mufflers and other apparel products
    Apparel products
    Industry Activities
    Knitting outerwear, including shirts, shorts, sweaters, pants and gloves
    Knitting underwear and nightwear, such as briefs, underwear T-shirts, foundation garments, pajamas and nightshirts

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from clothing and clothing accessories stores
  • Import penetration into the manufacturing sector
  • Trade-weighted index
  • World price of cotton

  • Current Performance
  • Slowing demand causing declining revenue
  • Margins normalize while participation falls
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued Consolidation
  • Opportunity in relative obscurity
  • Table: Apparel Knitting Mills Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Apparel Knitting Mills Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Men's & Boys' Apparel Wholesaling
  • Women's & Children's Apparel Wholesaling
  • Lingerie, Swimwear & Bridal Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercenters

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cotton Farming
  • Sheep Farming
  • Synthetic Fiber Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Men's and boys' shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Women's, girls' and infants' shirts
  • Apparel products
  • Gloves, mittens, hats, mufflers and other apparel products
  • Outerwear
  • Chart: Apparel Knitting Mills Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Women's and girls' clothing manufacturers including outerwear
  • Apparel wholesalers
  • Men's apparel retailers including department stores
  • Women's apparel retailers
  • Third-party contractors
  • Men's and boys' outerwear manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Apparel Knitting Mills

  • Basis of Competition
    External competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Hanesbrands Inc.American Apparel Inc.Fruit of the Loom
  • Table: Hanesbrands Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: American Apparel Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Fruit of the Loom - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Apparel Knitting Mills Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Price of synthetic fiber (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Also called "eco-friendly" or "environmentally friendly." Refers to products or services that have little or no impact on the natural state of the environment.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • Private Label
  • Products sold as the house brand of a particular retail chain, rather than the specific manufacturer.
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