The Future Role of China in the Global Supply chain for European Apparel Companies

  • In recent times, China’s role in the clothing industry has been threatened. China’s ability to compete on a cost basis is diminishing and urges the country to find a new means of competition. The aim of this study is to assess China’s future role in the industry with special regards to European apparel manufactures. This is done by taking a closer look at several factors that have an impact on the industry. The analysis of published data, conducted studies and expert opinions brought to light how the government is actively involved in the pursue of maintaining China’s leading role in the textile and clothing industries as these are important contributors to China’s economic well-being. Two strategies have been emphasized. Firstly, the upgrading of the industry as a means of differentiation that allows China’s clothing industry to compete on other factors than costs. Secondly, the boost of China’s domestic market in order to mitigate against the risk arising from the volatility of markets and increased need for speed in the industry. While China’s role is undoubtedly changing, it seems like the country has found opportunities to maintain an important position in the future of the clothing industry.

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Author:Raphaela Bäcker
Advisor:Christoph Mergard
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Language:English
Year of Completion:2015
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2015/11/26
Tag:China; PEST analysis; competitive advantage; domestic market; future developments; global sourcing; relocation; supply chain; upgrading
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management