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China’s textile industry grows despite pandemic


At the 15th Annual Conference of the China Textile Roundtable Forum hosted by the China National Textile and Apparel Council, Gao Yong, Party Secretary and Secretary-General, China National Textile and Apparel Council, stated that despite the pandemic’s impact, Chinese textile industry grew as it benefited from online sales, intelligent manufacturing and stable supply chain.

GaoYoung said, the Chinese textile industry can develop further during the 14th Five-Year Plan period by strengthening independent innovation of cutting-edge technology, brand and fashion soft power, green development leadership, control ability of international supply chain, etc., strengthen the advantages of the manufacturing system, and solve the shortcomings of the industrial chain supply chain.

According to Shan Zhongde, Academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering and President, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China needs to promote research and development of intelligent high-quality textile equipment, improve efficiency, performance and digital level, truly realize automatic perception, intelligent decision-making, and automatic execution. At the same time, actively develop service-oriented textile manufacturing and promote personalized customized production models.

As per China Textile, the country’s textile and apparel exports grew 9.6 per cent in 2020 to $291.22 billion. The total volume of textile industry declined year-on-year, but benefiting from online sales, intelligent manufacturing and stable supply chain of the industrial chain, the textile industry still has outstanding performance in the operation:

Domestic textile market recovered in the second half of last year. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the year-on-year decline in retail sales of clothing, footwear, hats and knitted textiles of enterprises above designated size gradually narrowed from more than 30 per cent at the beginning of the year to 7.9 per cent in previous November.