Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Study reveals future of sourcing for UK's textile sector
Study reveals future of sourcing for UK's textile sector
Jun '12
The global textile map is changing and on 31 May 2012, the Worldwide Sourcing Study for the fast fashion industry was unveiled. The Worldwide Sourcing Study, brought to you by Fast Fashion London (23-24 October at the Olympia National Hall), analyses the main sourcing trends in Europe and America and identifies new sourcing alternatives, matching corresponding zones for each type of product. Foremost is the issue of increased raw material prices and the growing cost of manufacture, especially in China. Consequently, large textile buyers’ established habits have been turned upside down, prompting them to seek new options.

During the exclusive presentation to leading trade, fashion and commerce representatives and media, the unique market research provided valuable insights into tomorrow’s emerging manufacturing countries, along with new production zones in global textiles and the global sourcing trends of the future.

Key to the UK market is the importance of sourcing closer to home, which not only tackles the rising cost of materials from far a field, but helps with the country’s carbon footprint, creates job opportunities and ultimately results in faster production and delivery.

The Study shows that the current sourcing trends for the UK are:

- China remains the UK’s number one sourcing country, with Nicaragua, Turkey and Bangladesh developing fast as contenders. China is an efficient source because of its easy access to raw materials and energy supplies, straightforward custom procedures and reliable, timely delivery.

- However, the increased costs associated with China have caused price increases in the apparel retail sector in the UK which, in turn have slowed down sales growth.

- Major UK players in the apparel sector, including leading high-street and supermarket chains, are responding to this, by planning to bring back part of their apparel production to the UK or at least in zones closer to home such as Europe and the Middle East for faster turnaround of high demand products. - Already John Lewis has put 'Made in the UK' labeling on 4000 products including its menswear range.

- Whereas, Tesco has sourced from Asian countries through its Hong Kong office for the last 40 years, now it is increasing supplies from Europe and Egypt. This will reduce lead times for its most popular items of apparel from around 26 weeks to as little as 6 weeks. - Asda is now sourcing some 'fast fashion items', such as socks, women's jerseys and T-shirts from factories in the Midlands. Apart from flexibility, George @ Asda, wants to support UK suppliers when possible. - Marks & Spencer, which has the largest share of womenswear in the UK, uses British fabrics for its products made in China, through the collaboration with Richard James. It, too, wants to support the UK fashion industry and increase the use of 'Made in UK' on its labels.

Looking ahead and to sourcing diversification, there are many countries which provide an alternative to China. The Study explores Eastern Europe and South East Asian countries which are developing important new production capacity at an astonishing rate.

Must ReadView All

President Donald Trump; Courtesy: White House

Textiles | On 23rd Jan 2017

US textile industry eager to work with President Trump

The US textile industry is eager to work with President Donald Trump...

Textiles | On 23rd Jan 2017

LyondellBasel expands Texas plant ethylene capacity

US based producer of petrochemicals and speciality chemicals...

Textiles | On 23rd Jan 2017

China’s cotton imports down 39% in 2016

China’s total cotton imports declined by 39.1 per cent to ...tons in...

Interviews View All

Amardeep Singh
Orient Craft

'In export markets, the trend in terms of embroidery, is towards matte...

Karan Toshniwal
Orange O Tec

Contemporary industry is paying more and more attention to the...

Yash Agarwal
Hitansh Online

Every market region has its own culture and trends

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

January 2017

January 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search