Seeking development with one heart and one mind, striving to forge ahead and start a new journey
Chairman of China Textile Industry Federation Sun Ruizhe
March 3, 2023
The east wind is strong, the spring tide is surging, thousands of sails are racing, and hundreds of boats are vying for the current. In this beautiful season full of hope, I am very happy to gather with representatives of the national “Two Sessions” in the textile industry to discuss good strategies and development.
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China drew up a grand blueprint for comprehensively promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese-style modernization. “High-quality development is the primary task of comprehensively building a modern socialist country.” “Building a modern industrial system, insisting on focusing economic development on the real economy, and promoting new industrialization.” This points out the direction and provides information for our industry work. To follow. In order to implement the spirit of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the China Textile and Apparel Industry Federation has launched the research and preparation of the “Action Program for Building a Modern Textile Industrial System (2022-2035)”. At the starting point of the new era and new journey, it is the responsibility of Chinese textile people to build confidence, get out of the impact of the new coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible, and achieve better development; in the process of Chinese-style modernization, it is the responsibility of China Textile to find its position and open up a new game bravely. man’s mission.
1. Development status of textile industry
The year 2022 that just passed was extremely difficult and extraordinary. The external environment is turbulent, the COVID-19 epidemic has experienced ups and downs, the industry has experienced severe tests, and development has been under tremendous pressure. In 2022, the industrial added value of enterprises above designated size in the industry will decrease by 1.9% year-on-year, and profits will exceed 200 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 24.8%. The operating income profit margin will be 3.9%, 1.3 percentage points lower than the same period last year. In the face of adversity, China’s textile industry persisted in making progress while maintaining stability, faced difficulties, and achieved stable and healthy development as a whole. In 2022, 36,000 enterprises above designated size in the industry will achieve operating income of more than 5.2 trillion yuan, and the total fiber processing volume and export scale will rank first in the world. The industry has a solid manufacturing foundation, obvious scale advantages and system advantages, and is a key force in ensuring the safety and stability of the global textile industry chain.
(1) The textile industry plays an important role in China’s economic and social development
The industry plays an important role in stabilizing economic development, balancing the international balance of payments, creating employment space, promoting improvement of people’s livelihood, and promoting coordinated regional development.
1. Industry is an important force in stabilizing foreign trade and foreign exchange
In 2022, my country’s textile and apparel exports will reach a new high, reaching US$340.95 billion, a year-on-year increase of 2.5%. Among them, exports of textiles were US$156.84 billion, a year-on-year increase of 1.4%; exports of clothing were US$184.11 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.4%. The increase in product prices plays an important role in this. Textile fabrics, yarns, etc. have strong international competitiveness. The steady growth of exports to countries and regions with rapidly developing garment industries such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, and America has become an important growth point. The export market is more diversified and the trade structure is more reasonable. In 2022, my country’s textile and apparel exports to ASEAN were US$58.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 14.8%. ASEAN became the industry’s largest export market for the first time. The ASEAN market contributes more than 50% to the industry’s export growth, driving RCEP’s export growth contribution to more than 60%. New foreign trade formats such as cross-border e-commerce and overseas warehouses have become important driving forces. SHEIN’s revenue in Brazil in 2022 will account for 50% of the local fashion e-commerce share; Lazada teamed up with Cainiao to launch a dedicated overseas line for the apparel industry to improve the efficiency of cross-border e-commerce in the industry.
2. The industry is an important force in ensuring people’s livelihood and consumption.
In 2022, the retail sales of clothing, shoes, hats, and knitted textiles by units above designated size nationwide will reach 1.3003 billion yuan; the national online retail sales of clothing products will increase by 3.5% year-on-year. The adaptability of the industry’s high-quality and diversified supply to meet people’s needs for a better life continues to improve. Domestic product consumption and green consumption are on the rise, and new products and new brands are emerging. Online and offline integration promotes business format innovation and scene innovation. In 2022, the cumulative number of live e-commerce live broadcasts across the country, the number of viewers, the number of products, and the number of active anchors will all double compared to 2021, and the clothing category will firmly rank in the first echelon of platforms such as Douyin. The diverse ecology and low entry barriers give the industry huge employment capacity and space for innovation and entrepreneurship, stably driving the employment of more than 20 million people in the whole society. The industry plays a key role in stabilizing employment and protecting people’s livelihood.
3. Industry is an important force in enhancing development resilience
With the direction of independence, controllability, safety and reliability, the industry promotes foundation-building projects, consolidates manufacturing capabilities, and accelerates the formation of high-end, intelligent, and green industrial systems. High-performance fiber materials, bio-based fibers, etc. continue to develop. Focusing on lightweighting and new energy, the ecology of the “carbon fiber +” industry continues to improve. The application of intelligent manufacturing and service-oriented manufacturing has become more in-depth, and the metaverse and virtual humans have begun to be explored in the industry. Specialized and new enterprises are developing rapidly, and leading enterprises are becoming more intensive and internationalized. In the 2022 Fortune Global 500 and Forbes China’s Top 50 Innovative Companies, 6 and 2 textile companies were selected respectively. The pace of capital going global is accelerating, and the Dongfang Shenghong project has become a 202A lot of high-quality foreign investment has been attracted.
Promote border provinces and regions with the foundation and conditions for the development of the textile industry such as Guangxi, Yunnan, and Xinjiang to actively undertake industrial transfers, adapt to local conditions, and develop characteristic and advantageous industries. Cultivate and expand textile and apparel industry clusters that radiate to surrounding markets, give full play to the role of these regional Silk Road Economic Belt bridgeheads and frontiers of opening up, and promote the formation of an open pattern of linkage between land and sea and domestic and international cooperation, and mutual assistance between the East and the West. Guide textile and garment enterprises to settle in border (cross-border) economic cooperation zones and deepen industrial chain and supply chain cooperation with neighboring countries and regions.
A plow of spring rain brings thousands of acres of autumn wind. While spring is just around the corner, let us seize the day, work hard, weather the wind and rain, work hard, and strive to write a beautiful chapter of Chinese modernization with high-quality development of industry technology, fashion, and green.