Imports from low-cost suppliers pose a competitive threat to the industry
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Despite its positive performance during the five years to 2013, the Leather Good and Luggage Manufacturing industry is in a state of decline. “Its revenue has long suffered from import competition and offshoring,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Nikoleta Panteva. “Price pressures from downstream markets during the recession further worsened conditions for industry players, causing revenue to drop 16.6% in 2009.” The following years to 2013 signified a post-recessionary rebound for the industry's participants, with revenue growing at an annualized rate of 1.4%. In 2013 alone, IBISWorld anticipates revenue will grow 2.6% to $4.1 billion.
But these recent revenue trends are not entirely telling of the Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing industry's condition. In the past five years, imports have become an increasingly important part of this industry, making up 88.4% of total domestic demand for luggage and leather goods. Low-cost suppliers in China and Vietnam can deliver accessories at lower prices than local firms, making domestic items less attractive to downstream retailers and consumers. As a result, companies remaining in the industry have shifted their focus to designing and marketing activities, while contracting third parties to manufacture goods or opening up their own facilities abroad.
Industry concentration has dropped dramatically during the past few years because major players have completely discontinued manufacturing operations in the United States. This includes companies such as Coach Inc. and Tandy Brands Accessories Inc., which now source all of their products from low-cost countries. In the United States, Coach now operates as a designer, marketer and distributor. As such, the number of industry locations has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.5% to 6,503 since 2008. Some operators have kept production local, focusing instead on high-end designs that carry a higher price tag in niche markets.
In the five years to 2018, industry revenue is expected to drop. According to Panteva, “much of the industry's operations have already moved to low-cost foreign countries, meaning that the remaining operations will increasingly produce high-quality products.” Profit (i.e. earnings before interest and tax) is expected to inch up, though. Increased investment in technology will aid companies in achieving efficient production of high-end goods, helping these firms sustain profitable operations. Still, imports will continue posing a competitive threat to the industry, expanding their share of the domestic demand for leather goods. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Leather Good & Luggage Manufacturing in the US industry report page.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Operators in this industry primarily manufacture clothing accessories, including belts, hats, luggage, handbags, wallets and various other leather goods.
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