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The Textile Industry in South Africa
BY Duncan Bekker
South Africa
30 November 2020
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The Textile Industry


Retail trade sales of textiles have continued to expand although the country’s protracted struggle with low economic growth and falling incomes, recently exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak and national lockdown, have restrained consumer spending. In the manufacturing sector, production and employment have stagnated and many producers are uncompetitive relative to the cheap Asian imports. The sector remains largely unable to compete with imports or to generate sustainable growth. Nevertheless, there have been some important recent successes, such as the revitalisation of the cotton sub-sector.


Strategic Priority


Due to their labour-intensive nature, textiles and apparel have long been identified as a strategic priority for South Africa’s industrial policy and support programmes. The industry master plan, released at the end of 2019, aims to buoy local textile procurement by working closely with retailers to combat the high levels of illegal imports, and incentivise new investment into domestic manufacturing capacity. The performance of the textile industry has been mixed for a number of years, despite government support programmes and support including import duties, local procurement thresholds, subsidies, grants, and direct funding of manufacturers through the clothing and textiles competitiveness programme.


Coronavirus


The pandemic and global economic lockdowns have had an immediate effect on textile production, sales, and trade. There has been a significant expansion in ecommerce and online shopping as a result of the lockdown. Clothing is a major and rapidly-growing product category for ecommerce, but textiles are a rather niche online segment.


Report Coverage


This report examines the South African textile industry, from the manufacture and distribution of basic textiles, yarns, and fabrics, to the large retail market for finished textile products like towels and linen. It includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector, demand, sales trade and employment statistics, sector trends, corporate actions and major developments. There are profiles of 23 companies including manufacturers such as Standerton Mills and Aranda Textile Mills, Associate Spinners and The Good Hope Textile Corporation (Da Gama).


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Trade 19
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 22
4.1.3. Regulations 23
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 26
4.2. Continental 27
4.3. International 30
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 32
5.1. Coronavirus 32
5.2. Economic Environment 36
5.3. Rising Input Costs 37
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 38
5.5. Government Incentives and Support 39
5.6. Environmental Concerns 40
5.7. Labour 41
6. COMPETITION 44
6.1. Barriers to Entry 46
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 47
8. OUTLOOK 48
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 49
10. REFERENCES 50
10.1. Publications 50
10.2. Websites 50
APPENDIX 1 52
Summary of Notable players 52
APPENDIX 2 56
Textile Demand for Key Products by Market and Customer, 2015 56
APPENDIX 3 59
Textile Buyers, Agents, Importers, and Wholesalers 59
COMPANY PROFILES 62
AHLESA BLANKETS (PTY) LTD 62
ARANDA TEXTILE MILLS (PTY) LTD 64
ASSOCIATED SPINNERS (PTY) LTD 66
BEIER ENVIROTEC (PTY) LTD 67
DESLEEMATTEX (PTY) LTD 69
GELVENOR CONSOLIDATED FABRICS (PTY) LTD 71
GLODINA TOWELLING (PTY) LTD 73
GOOD HOPE TEXTILE CORPORATION (PTY) LTD (THE) 75
HOUSE OF HEMP (PTY) LTD 77
INTEGRATED POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCTS (PTY) LTD 79
IVILI LOBOYA (PTY) LTD 81
NINIAN AND LESTER (PTY) LTD 82
OLD NICK FABRICS (PTY) LTD 84
PRILLA 2000 (PTY) LTD 86
RESOURCE LINK COATINGS (PTY) LTD 88
ROTEX FABRICS (PTY) LTD 89
SAMIL NATURAL FIBRES (PTY) LTD 91
SESLI TEXTILES (PTY) LTD 93
SOUTH AFRICAN POLYPROPYLENE YARNS (PTY) LTD 95
STANDERTON MILLS (PTY) LTD 97
STUCKEN AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 99
SVENMILL (PTY) LTD 101
YARNTEX (PTY) LTD 104