Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Hong Kong

Date: March 22, 2009
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Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the world’s third largest exporter of garments, behind China and the EU, and a major exporter of textiles reflecting its favoured position as one of Asia’s most prominent trading hubs.

Textile and clothing exports stood at US$40 bn in 2008, representing 11% of total exports from the territory. Most of this trade, however, comprises re-exports of goods originating in mainland China and other low cost Asian countries.

Hong Kong’s domestic textile and garment sectors have been declining due to high manufacturing costs. In particular, labour and land costs are significantly higher than in most other Asian countries.

Not surprisingly, there has been a strong trend, evident since the late 1980s, for manufacturers to subcontract operations to lower cost countries, especially mainland China.

Even so, Hong Kong still retains an important garment manufacturing industry which is the territory’s largest manufacturing activity. There is an emphasis on producing goods for the luxury market where innovation and fashion are essential attributes in attracting sophisticated international consumers.

Important links have been established with some of the world’s most famous and exclusive brands.

Moreover, the textile and garment industries remain at the centre of the territory’s economy. The industries employ around 147,000 people, of whom 117,000 are involved in the export/import trade. Looking ahead, Hong Kong will face growing competitive pressures as the textile and garment industries in other Asian countries expand and build up their design and manufacturing capabilities and these pressures will need to be accommodated. On the other hand, business opportunities are being boosted by the ever closer business and economic links which are being developed between Hong Kong and mainland China.
SUMMARY

DEVELOPMENT OF THE TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG

IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY TO THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG

HONG KONG: GEOGRAPHICAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PROFILE


Geography
Political structure
Economic performance

HONG KONG: INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport
Power
Telecommunications
Conference and exhibition centres

HONG KONG: HUMAN RESOURCES

SIZE AND STRUCTURE OF THE TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG


Textile sector
Garment sector

TEXTILE AND GARMENT PRODUCTION IN HONG KONG

PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND MACHINERY IN HONG KONG'S TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY

MARKETS FOR HONG KONG'S TEXTILE AND GARMENT INDUSTRY: EXPORTS AND BRANDS


Textiles
Garments

HONG KONG'S TEXTILE AND GARMENT IMPORTS

TEXTILES AND GARMENTS IN HONG KONG: GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT


Free trade policy
Minimal intervention in corporate activity
Legal system
Treatment of foreign ownership and investment
Prospects for the Textile and Garment Industry in Hong Kong

TEXTILES AND GARMENTS IN HONG KONG: STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS

Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Threats

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Hong Kong: political and economic profile, 2008
Table 2: Hong Kong: economic indicators, 2005-08
Table 3: Hong Kong: production indices, 2002-07
Table 4: Hong Kong: textile and clothing exports, 2004-08
Table 5: Hong Kong: textile exports, 2004-08
Table 6: Hong Kong: textile exports by leading destination, 2004-08
Table 7: Hong Kong: textile exports by product, 2004-08
Table 8: Hong Kong: domestic exports of textiles by product, 2004-08
Table 9: Hong Kong: re-exports of textiles by product, 2004-08
Table 10: Hong Kong: clothing exports, 2004-08
Table 11: Hong Kong: clothing exports by leading destination, 2004-08
Table 12: Hong Kong: clothing exports by product, 2004-08
Table 13: Hong Kong: domestic exports of clothing by product, 2004-08
Table 14: Hong Kong: re-exports of clothing by product, 2004-08
Table 15: Hong Kong: textile imports by product, 2004-08
Table 16: Hong Kong: clothing imports by product, 2004-08
Table 17: Hong Kong: textile imports by leading suppliers, 2004-08
Table 18: Hong Kong: clothing imports by leading suppliers, 2004-08
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