According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research titled ‘Knitwear Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018 – 2026, the global knitwear market is expected to reach US$ 817,402.7Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2018 to 2026. In terms of volume, the market is expected to reach 26,208 million units in 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2018 to 2026. Asia Pacific was the single largest knitwear market by region in the global knitwear market in 2017 and its market share is expected to increase during the forecast period.
The global knitwear market consists of global knitwear apparel brands and a large number of knitwear apparel sellers and re-sellers. The market is highly fragmented. Global knitwear brands such as Gap Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and major activewear brands such as Adidas AG and Nike Inc.focus on research & development, design, logistics (purchasing and distribution), marketing and branding, and service to improve their position in the market. These companies have outsourced the manufacturing of knitwear, which has low value addition in the overall knitwear value chain, to low-cost Asia Pacific countries such as China, Bangladesh, and India. For example, in 2017, Adidas AG manufactured 97.0% of its apparel in Asia Pacific and only 2% of its production took place in the U.S. and one percent in Europe. Similarly, Nike manufactures all its apparel outside the U.S. through independent contract apparel vendors. In 2017, apparel contract factories located in China, Vietnam, and Thailand manufactured 26.0%, 18.0%, and 10.0%, respectively of the company’s total apparel production. Thus, Asia Pacific has become a prominent manufacturer and exporter of knitwear apparel. China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and other South Asian and East Asian countries are major exporters of knitwear products across the globe.
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Thus, Asia Pacific has become a prominent manufacturer and exporter of knitwear apparel. China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and other South Asian and East Asian countries are major exporters of knitwear products across the globe.
North America imports almost all of its knitwear products from Asia Pacific. Rising demand for branded innerwear from U.S. based brands such as Victoria’s Secret is increasing in the U.S. and other North American countries. Demand for sportswear is also rising in North America.
Knitwear is still manufactured in Europe but in lesser quantity. The unit cost to manufacture knitwear is high in the U.K. due to high wages; but many British designers prefer to manufacture in the U.K. due to short lead time and flexibility in minimum order quantity.
Although R&D and design of knitwear are majorly done outside Asia Pacific, the dominant knitwear manufacturing is done in China, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. The knitwear market is rising in India due to growth in the number of organized knitwear retailers selling branded knitwear products.
There is a rising demand for branded knitwear in the MEA. With approximately 62.0% of its population being young and middle-aged, the region imports knitwear products worth US$ 3.5 billion annually. Knitwear exporters such as Bangladesh export knitwear to the UAE to increase its knitwear revenue.
There is a rising demand for cotton knitwear products in Brazil and other South American countries. In 2016-17, the country imported approximately. US$ 11.47 Mn of T-shirts, singlets and other vests made of cotton. Almost half of the knitwear imports in Brazil are from China.
The study provides a decisive view of the global knitwear market by segmenting it in terms of product type, material type, application, consumer group, and distribution channel. In terms of product type, knitwear are classified into innerwear, t-shirts & shirts, sweaters & jackets, sweatshirts & hoodies, shorts & trousers, evening dresses, suits & leggings, and accessories. Based on material type, the market is classified into natural, synthetic, and blended. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into outerwear, innerwear, sportswear, and others. Based on consumer group, the market is segmented into men, women, and kids. Further, on the basis of distribution channel, the market is segmented into online and offline.
The report highlights major companies operating in the global knitwear market including Adidas AG, Gap Inc., Gildan Activewear Inc., Hackett Ltd, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Loro Piana S.P.A., Marks and Spencer Group plc, Nike Inc., Puma SE, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Lactose, The Nautical Company (UK) Ltd., Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., Victoria’s Secret, and YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP.
The global knitwear market is segmented as below:
Global Knitwear Market, by Product Type
- T-Shirts & Shirts
- Sweaters & Jackets
- Sweatshirts & Hoodies
- Shorts & Trousers
- Evening Dresses, Suits, & Leggings
Global Knitwear Market, by Material Type
Global Knitwear Market, by Application
Global Knitwear Market, by Consumer Group
Global Knitwear Market, by Distribution Channel
Global Knitwear Market, by Geography
- North America
- Rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest of MEA
- South America
- Rest of South America
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