Recently China Garment Association (CGA) surveyed to see if
clothing enterprises (brands and manufacturers) have
restarted their operations in China amidst the colossal
spread of Coronavirus – COVID-19.
325 companies in 14 industrial clusters in China were asked
in this survey on 27-29 February and 77.1% of the companies
responded to the CGA. 69.7% of 325 enterprises were
manufacturing firms, while 30.3% were brands.
It shows a positive trend as 80.8% of the enterprises have
resumed work. 19.2% of enterprises have not resumed work to
avoid the risk of the epidemic.
Some of them stated the government restrictions are still
there, while some are waiting for resumption approval. It is
believed that most of these companies will resume work till
Hubei Province is a huge hub for apparel manufacturing;
however, it has no clear plans to resume manufacturing in
the coming days due to the massive spread of the virus
The resumption of operation is still facing challenges due
to difficulties such as shortage of workers; asynchronous
resumption of work between procurement process, production
process and post-production process within enterprises in
the industrial supply chain; poor transportation and
logistics; reduced orders in the market downturn; and lack
of protective material as well as resources.
The survey further found that the resumption operation of
large-scale enterprises is way better than that of small and
mid-sized enterprises. CGA conducted the same survey in the
3rd week of February and the gap of resumption of large
enterprises and SMEs has narrowed significantly in the
It is found that around 94% of large-scale enterprises have
resumed work out of 77.1% of those who responded to the
questionnaire. This is an increase of 6.8 percentage points
from the previous survey and higher than that of SMEs by
16.1% and 25.1 percentage points.
The clothing enterprises in the South-East coastal provinces
have seen a great turnaround due to faster and effective
control over the epidemic. The workers, with the support and
supervision of the Chinese Government, are returning to work
from other provinces through chartered flights and chartered
These workers are also being provided with bonuses and
subsidies to actively resume production. 58% of large
enterprises saw the return of more than 70% of their
workers, while the same number was 41.5% when it comes to
If the survey conducted by CGA is anything to go by, the
situation seems to be improving in Chinese apparel factories
and apparel brands’ stores/offices.