Textiles and fabrics from China, India and the Philippines are being made from scratch in large volumes, making them much cheaper to manufacture than they were decades ago, according to a New York Time article published Sunday.
The digital printing revolution has accelerated over the past few years, according a recent report by McKinsey & Company, but there’s a long way to go before it makes the textile industry obsolete.
The rapid growth in production in the last five years has made it possible for Chinese-made garments to reach consumers in a number of ways, from cutting and pasting onto clothes, to washing, to finishing, to sewing, to embroidery, and more, according McKinsey.
In addition, the trend is shifting away from high-quality paper-based products to digital printing, which requires less paper.
This is making it possible to manufacture much cheaper garments than before.
The new products in the marketplace have largely been manufactured in China, said Scott Pritchard, senior vice president of research and development for McKinsey Global Institute.
He said there are about 250 companies that are making digital textile printouts.
The trend is being driven by demand from consumers who want to make things in the home and the workforce who want the latest and greatest products.
Pritchard said the printout industry in China is not the same as the textile printout market in the United States.
He also said that digital printing has also become a key ingredient for the global fabric revolution.
He added that in the textile manufacturing industry, digital printing will remain an important ingredient.
The McKinsey report said the digital printing market in China has grown from $3.6 billion in 2013 to $4.3 billion in 2018.
Pritcher said this growth was driven in part by Chinese demand for high-end prints.
He said the number of new orders for digital textile prints grew from 8.7 percent in 2013, to 15.9 percent in 2018, to 21.2 percent in 2019.
Pits of fabric that were produced using digital printing are being used to make clothes that are much more durable, he said.
The report also found that the demand for printouts in the Philippines has been on the rise.
The McKinsey researchers said the country is also seeing the adoption of digital printouts as an alternative to paper-to-textiles processes.
The printouts, which require a high-level of skill, are being replaced by printing using software and the ink is being replaced with plastic, according the McKinsey study.
In India, the market for printed textiles is expected to grow at a double-digit rate over the next three years, McKinsey said.Pit-to