• US and European markets dominate the global textile trade,
accounting for 64% of clothing and 39% of the textile market. APPAREL EXPORTS TO THE US (FY09)
With the dismantling of quotas, global textile trade is expected (% YoY change) Volume Value Realisation
to grow (as per McKinsey estimates) to US$ 650 bn by 2010
(3-year CAGR of 10%). However, as against expectations, in India 2.6 (5.1) (7.5)
the post-quota regime, the resurgence in exports to the now China (1.9) 3.9 6.0
unregulated markets took off rather slowly.
Vietnam 16.8 16.9 0.2
• Post the removal of quotas (during the period FY05 to FY09),
Bangladesh 7.8 13.0 4.9
India has witnessed the third highest CAGR in apparel exports
to the US after Indonesia and Vietnam while China lags behind Indonesia 5.2 3.0 (2.1)
(7%). Source: CMIE
• India enjoys a significant lead in terms of labour cost per hour • Total denim capacity in India has nearly doubled in the last few
(US$ 0.6 in 2004), over developed countries like US (US$ 15.1) years, resulting in a prolonged slump in the domestic market.
and newly industrialised economies like Hong Kong (US$ 5.1), Most new entrants (largely catering to the unorganised market)
Taiwan (US$ 7.1), South Korea (US$ 5.7) and China (US$ 0.9). are incapable of producing export-quality denim and have
Also, India is rich in traditional workers adept at value-adding resorted to dumping their produce in the domestic market
tasks, which could give Indian companies significant margin resulting in further drop in prices in FY09.
advantage. However, India's inflexible labor laws have been
a hindrance to investments in this segment. Unlike in home • The Budget proposed allocations of funds to the scheme for
textiles, garment capacities are highly fragmented and leading Integrated Textiles Parks that will facilitate setting up of
Indian textile companies have been slow to ramp up their dedicated textile hubs.
apparel capacities, despite strong order flows from overseas
buyers who are trying to diversify out of China. KEY POINTS
• Several Indian textile companies have formed alliances with Supply: The supply of denim has nearly doubled in the last
their global counterparts, particularly those with strong front- 15 months. Most new capacities in the apparel and home
end capabilities, in a bid to access global markets, tap textile segments are not operating at full capacities.
technological know-how, design skills and branding and
retailing ability. The alliances have been struck in most cases Demand: High for premium and branded products due to
by way of JVs or stake acquisition. Tie-up with overseas increasing per capita disposable income.
companies will help them move up the value chain and focus Barriers to entry: Superior technology, skilled and unskilled
on the more lucrative branding and retailing business. labour, distribution network, access to global customers
FY09 Bargaining power of suppliers: Because of over supply
in the unorganised market like that of denim, suppliers have
little bargaining power. However, premium products and
• After reasonable growth in FY07 and FY08, companies in branded players continue to garner higher margins.
Indian textile sector bore the brunt of poor domestic sales,
low export volumes and high raw material costs in FY09. Bargaining power of customers: Domestic customers -
Instead of gaining from the rupee's depreciation in the last Low for premium and branded product segments. Global
fiscal, companies suffered foreign exchange losses due to customers- High due to presence of alternate low cost
their hedging mechanism. Indian textiles companies took sourcing destinations
recourse to measures such as replacing US dollar denominated Competition: High. Very fragmented industry. Competition
export orders with other currencies, increasing revenue from from other low cost producing nations is likely to intensify.
value-added products, and diversifying into other emerging
CURRENT SCENARIO AND PROSPECTS
• Most companies in the sector timed their expansion plans FY04
onwards, so as to avail themselves of the funding under TUF • Most large textile companies in India, realising the growth
(Technology Upgradation Fund, offering loans at 6% subsidy). potential in domestic retailing, have drawn up aggressive
This led to the capex-spending phase in the textile sector strategies to expand their footprint in the domestic market.
peaking in the last two fiscals. However, with the slump in • Although home textile companies have recently been
demand for textile products from the overseas markets, a aggressive on the capacity expansion front, realisations have
number of companies had to defer their expansion plans due remained stable. But as new capacities come on-stream and
to large under-utilised capacities. With the FY08 Union Budget utilisation levels pick up, this is unlikely to continue. This is
allowing the scheme to continue during the 11th plan (2007- because although India continues to feature amongst the
2012), the smaller players in the sector would, however, lowest cost producers for the US and EU markets, competitors
continue to benefit. We believe that despite lower interest like Pakistan and Turkey are cannibalising its market share.
rates, players in the sector would have to wait until the new
• With retailers like Wal-Mart, JC Penney and GAP planning to
capacities stabilise and the utilisation levels get normalised,
substantially increase their outsourcing from India and FDI in
before leveraging more.
single brand retailing making its way into the country, the
• The global textile industry also faced the brunt of economic opportunities for domestic apparel exporters are immense. As
slowdown in FY09, wherein, exports to the US from two of its per the Government of India targets, while India's textile export
largest suppliers India and China dipped in terms of value and is poised to grow from US$ 13 bn (3.3% of world textile trade)
volumes respectively. While India sustained volumes because to US$ 50 bn (8.9%) by FY10, at a CAGR of 21%, its share in
of better product quality as compared to China, it lost out in apparel and garment exports are set to double and triple
terms of realizations. Competitors like Vietnam, Bangladesh respectively until FY10. However, oversupply led pricing
and Indonesia gained substantially because of relatively lower pressures and forex losses continue to mar the long-term
labour costs. earnings visibility of the textile companies.