20 Round-up Figures and Facts about Textile and Apparel Industry in the EU

EU's textile and apparel industry

Textile and apparel industry is one of the largest and most diverse sectors in European Union. The industry comprises over 185,000 companies, employing more than 1.7 million workers and contributing a total revenue of around EUR 170 billion a year, representing 6% share of employment and 3% share of value added in total manufacturing in Europe, according to the data from European Commission.


Over the recent decades, EU’s textile and apparel industry has been improving its competitiveness in the global market by transforming from the mass production of simple products to a wider variety of high value-added products. Today, many textile and apparel manufactures in the EU are leaders in global markets for technical/industrial textiles and non-wovens (such as industrial filters, hygiene products, products for the automotive and medical sectors, etc.), as well as high-quality apparels and luxury designer garment products


Here are top 20 round-up Figures and Facts about Textile and Apparel Industry In the EU, data source: Eurostat


1.The total turnover of textile and apparel industry in the EU reached EUR 169 billion in 2015, up by 2.3% from a year earlier.


2. 34% of the EU’s textile and apparel turnover generated from clothes and accessories, 18% generated from fabrics, and 15% generated from industrial & technical textiles.


3. Sales in the European textile and clothing industry increased by 2.7% in 2015


4. The total value-added of textile and apparel industry in the EU topped EUR 45 billion in 2015, up by 2.5% year on year. While investment in the sector recorded EUR 4 billion, down by 0.6% year on year.


5. The total exports value of EU’s textile and apparel industry was EUR 45 billion in 2015, increased by 3.6% year on year. The top exporting destinations were the US, Switzerland, China, Russia, and Hong Kong.


6. The total imports value of EU’s textile and apparel industry increased by 9.6% in 2015, the top suppliers were China, Bangladesh, Turkey, India, and Pakistan.


7. Nearly EUR 40 billion worth of textiles and clothes were imported from China to the EU market in 2015, making China the biggest supplier of EU’s textile and apparel market.


8. People in Luxembourg spend averagely EUR 1200 per person per year on buying clothes – the highest figure in the EU. While Hungary spends the least on buying clothes, only EUR 100 per person per year.


9. The value of UK textile industry is worth over £9 billion and is still growing.


10. Italy’s clothes production accounts for 45% of total clothes market in the EU.


11. France ranks in the third place in the EU in terms of textile and apparel turnover.


12. Portuguese region Norte is the largest employer in EU’s textiles and apparel industry.


13. Romania is the second largest employer in EU’s textile and apparel Industry.


14. Spain is the second largest extra-EU exporter of clothes.


15. Belgium produces over 30% of European carpets.


16. Germany accounts for over 24% technical textile market share in the EU.


17. Austria is one of the biggest cellulosic fibres producers in the EU.


18. 99% of EU’s textile and apparel companies are small and medium enterprises (SMEs)


19. 70% of employment in EU’s textile and apparel industry are women


20. By 2025, there will be nearly 600,000 jobs opening in the textile and apparel industry in the EU.


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