As a basic consuming product sector, garment industry is one of the industries in China that enjoy the most advanced market, the most edging international competitiveness, the fastest growth and most attention. According to statistics, there are more than 100,000 garment manufacturers with decent capacity in China which employ over 10 million people. In 2012, China made altogether 43.6 billion pieces of garments with an export value at $153.219 billion and sales value at 1.7 trillion RMB at domestic market. China has grown into the largest manufacturer, exporter and consumer of the garment products throughout the world.
Since the reform and opening up over the past 30 years, China's garment industry has achieved significant development driven by the fast growth in national economy and domestic demand for garment consumption. At the same time, qualified labour forces, favorable investment environment and a well integrated industry chain also provide a powerful support for its development. As an important industry concerning people's well-being and an industry with a significant advantage in international collaboration and competition, China's garment industry is making progress in many aspects such as industrial structure, technology application, brand development, quality control, profitability and exploration in the domestic and international markets.
China's garment industry is mainly located in Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta, Bohai Sea region and southeast coastal areas. The total output of the five provinces in the east coastal area, namely Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong, takes over 70% of the total output of the whole country. Garment industry is the most prominent industry in clusterization among all sectors in China. Through optimal allocation of resources, industry clusters help to achieve a low-cost-and-high-efficient regional scale effect. Now there are over 50 garment clusters characterized by product categories all over China.
With decades of experience in production management and continuous technical innovation and progress, China's garment industry has gained an advantage in making garment products of all kinds of categories in a fast and timely manner, which secures its front ranking in the world market in terms of capacity and quality. At the same time, as the industry develops and domestic demand grows, a number of original brands are growing fast, making breakthroughs in many fields such as product R&D, management, marketing, collaboration with home and abroad counterparts and innovations in culture and models. These original brands have not only won the recognition from consumers, but also become an important power driving forth the development of the whole industry.
Now the garment industry in China is undergoing a new wave of upgrading, changing their growth patterns, gaining pace in structural readjustment, deepening collaboration and innovation between the upstream and downstream players and building a modern industrial network, so as to fulfill the new wish of a better life for all races of people, meet the new requirements of scientific development in the middle and late period of China's industrialization, find its new position in the global economy, create new competitive edge in the international cooperation and competition, and grow from a big industry into a strong one through continuous innovations.
As the globalization goes deep, international cooperation and win-win strategy have become the mainstream for the garment industry in the future. China's garment industry is now working on a sound processing system and fast growing innovation capacities, seeking more broad and deep international cooperation and wish to work and develop with the global garment industry in a better awareness of innovation and a more open mind.