A warm welcome to this talk, Mr Liaskos! Can we request your comment on the contribution that textile, clothing and fashion (TCF) industry makes in economy of your motherland?
The textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industries are diverse and cover a range of different products including made-up textiles, clothing, carpet, footwear and technical textiles.
The latest official statistics (2008) for the industries show that they contribute around $2.8 billion in industry value-added, which is around 2.6 per cent of all manufacturing value-added.
In 2008, imports ($9.9 billion) were more than six times that of exports ($1.6 billion), up on the total manufacturing industry ratio of roughly 2:1. Australia's TCF industries have faced significant pressures to adjust to ever increasing global competition. Competition from Asia, in particular, has strongly affected the size and vitality of the industry over the last decade or so, particularly as the country has dismantled its tariff barriers to trade.
FACTS AND FIGURES
|Industry Value Added ($million)||$3,287||$3,106||$3,223||$2,954||$2,814|
|BERD * ($million)||$41||$35||$39||$31||N/A|
*Business Expenditure on Research and Development
In addition to the direct employment in the sector, there are at least as many employed in service and support industries. The TCF industries in Australia continue to face significant global competition and have been undergoing structural adjustment for some time. Australian manufacturers have generally moved from producing commodity goods to manufacturing specialised higher value-add and niche market goods, for example, specialised textiles for emergency and defence services. International developments, such as Free Trade Agreements, continue to present both opportunities and challenges for the TCF industries in Australia.
And, what significance TFIA enjoys in TCF industry of Australia?
The Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia Limited (TFIA) is the peak representative body for the Australian textiles, clothing and fashion industries. It is a not for profit member driven organisation, our areas of activity are broad yet focused on always ensuring that relevant stakeholders (all those with an influence on the future direction of the local industry) are conscious of the demands and issues facing the Australian textiles, clothing and fashion industries. Throughout its history, the TFIA’s integrity and representative voice has been well recognised by both Government and industry. It maintains a robust and strong working relationship with its members, government and other key players in industry.
The TFIA’s mission is to provide leadership and membership services to assist excellence and innovation in local and international textile, clothing and fashion markets. The TFIA has played a lead role in developing working papers and government submissions, and always seeks widespread industry input including canvassing industry views from outside the TFIA membership in the form of structured workshops and calling for case studies.
The TFIA began its operations in the late 1940’s when the then Textile Council of Australia was formed as an umbrella organisation to provide a focal point for a number of sector-specific associations. In 1984 a formal merger with the Australian Confederation of Apparel Manufacturers and the Australian Knitting Industries Council resulted in a change of name to the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council of Australia. In 1995 the Council, following its merger with the Fashion Industries of Australia, again changed its name to reflect its broader charter, to the current The Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia.
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