Textile production in China by month May 2020

In May 2020, approximately 3.24 billion meters of clothing fabric were produced in China. Monthly textile production volume was consistently above three billion meters throughout 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Domestic clothing industry in China

Being a major part of the textile industry, clothing manufacturing with its labor-intensive production processes traditionally plays an important role in national employment. Over the past decades, production presence of the apparel industry has diminished in developed countries as companies have adopted a practice of outsourcing their manufacturing needs to low wage economies. Currently, clothing is one of the most globalized sectors worldwide, serving as a large source of employment in developing countries.

China’s recent growth momentum is tightly linked to massive local engagement of the international clothing industry. Due to comparably low labor costs, reduced commercial barriers and better information flows, China still presents one of the most attractive destinations for clothing manufacturing. In 2015, approximately 31 billion units of apparel had been produced in China. According to Euromonitor, the estimated apparel sales increased by 3.5 percent in 2019.

International trade

International trade figures further emphasize China’s current position as the world’s largest textile-exporting country. In 2018, China accounted for nearly 38 percent of the world textile exports, followed by the European Union and India. Despite a stable growth of China’s clothing industry, several challenges for the sector have emerged on the horizon. Rising labor costs and increasingly strict environmental policies are among the most prominent issues for Chinese clothing companies. In order to cope with the changes, an increasing number of Chinese textile enterprises have turned their focus to upgrading their industrial infrastructure and modernizing their production processes.

Textile production in China from May 2019 to May 2020

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

May 2019 to May 2020

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, the values for January and February have been grouped together to curb the influence of Chinese New Year on the statistic. Chinese New Year every year falls between January 21 and February 21.

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