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Humen garment district hopes to grow by thinking small

By Lin Jing in Humen, Guangdong ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-12-06 09:39:13

Humen garment district hopes to grow by thinking small
Children model clothing at a recent international fashion week in Beijing. Data show that global sales of children's apparel total about $25 billion. China's sales are more than 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion). They have been rising by 10 percent a year. [Photo / China Daily]

Humen garment district hopes to grow by thinking small

Humen, a well-known fashion center for women's wear, is beefing up its garment industry with children's wear and e-commerce.

In August, the Humen township introduced policies to support the manufacture of youngsters' clothes.

Li Dingru, deputy town chief of Humen, believes the town will become the most prominent children's wear production and exhibition center in China.

At the end of last year, about 600 companies were making children's apparel in the town. Annual sales of about 9.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) accounted for 25 percent of Humen's total apparel sales of 38.6 billion yuan.

The town aims to increase its percentage of children's apparel to 30 percent and 40 percent in terms of sales and production value of its garment industry by 2020.

A center for children's wear, covering 50,000 square meters with 1,500 rooms, is under construction and will open for business next year.

Following the financial crisis, the apparel industry suffered a slowdown, but the children's wear sector has developed very quickly.

Data show that global sales of children's apparel total about $25 billion. China's sales are more than 50 billion yuan and have been rising by 10 percent a year.

An industry report from Forward, a local consultancy, suggests that China has 222 million children under the age of 14. The cost of their clothes could reach sales of as much as 150 billion yuan a year.

There are now more than 10 domestic brands in Humen, which account for 25 percent to 30 percent of local market share.

Humen town has an area of 178.5 square kilometers and a population of about 600,000. It is southwest of Dongguan City, east of the Pearl River estuary.

In 2012, its GDP came to 34.8 billion yuan, equaling a year-on-year rise of 6.2 percent.

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