Apparel/Garments Market Analysis

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Apparel/Garments Market Analysis


There is not much data on the global apparel trims market. However, the research team established that it could also be referred to as the "apparels print label market." The market size of the apparels print labels market was be about $2.11 billion in 2019. Below is an overview of the findings.
  • The market size of the apparel trims market, also referred to as the clothing/fashion and apparels print labels market, is expected to reach $2.97 billion in 2024, growing at a CAGR of about 7.1% from 2019. Using a reverse CAGR calculator, the market size was about $2.11 billion in 2019.
  • China is both the largest supplier and consumer of fashion and apparels print labels accounting for 30.25% and 27.20% of production and consumption in 2017, respectively. At 15.87%, Europe is the second-largest market. South East Asia and India are also growing steadily as production hubs.
  • Comparably, the global fashion and apparels print labels market makes up only a small fraction of the overall global print label market valued at over $39 billion in 2019. Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Australasia account for 35%, 29%, 26%, 5%, 3%, 1%, and 1% of the global printed label market.
  • The key players in the market include Avery Dennison, Trimco International, ITL Group, CCL Industries, NATco, among others. A review of the top companies in this space did not provide any breakdowns that would enable the research team to split the market size by categories.


While it was not possible to provide a breakdown of the market size of the global apparel trims market, the research team has provided some useful insights: the print label market can be divided into various overarching categories and paper-based products dominate the segment.
  • The print label market can be divided into various overarching categories based on the raw materials, technology, type, and end user. Technologies used include offset, rotogravure, letterpress, flexography, screen, and digital printing. End users include fashion and apparels, hospitals, manufacturing, automotive, and electronics manufacturing, among others.
  • A print label is defined as a "piece of paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product, on which is written or printed information or symbols about the product or item." Fashion and apparels print labels are classified into care labels, woven labels, hang tags, printed labels, and others.
  • Various resources state that paper is the dominant raw material in the global label market, apparel or otherwise, while plastic continues to make inroads in the market.
  • In the global peel-off labels segment, paper-based products account for about 85%. Another report attributes the dominance of paper-based products to the cost-effectiveness, increasing application, high quality, and flexibility of "paper-based substrates."
  • Trends in the print label market include lightweight labels, recyclability, increased automation, premiumization, and anti-counterfeit solutions.


  • According to IDTechEx, the apparel segment accounts for over "10 billion RFID tags annually, or about 10% of the apparel market." If 10 billion tags is equivalent to 10% of the apparel market, this could be translated to mean that about 100 billion apparel items produced globally.
  • Assuming that there is a tag/label/trim on each apparel produced, then it is likely that the number of apparel trims produced globally each year. It is the opinion of the research team that the number of apparel trims could be quite higher than 100 billion because it is common practice for apparel producers to place multiple trims on a single piece of apparel, e.g., hang tags, price labels, and care labels.
  • Paper-based apparel trims would, logically, account for most of the apparel trims units globally since paper is the dominant raw material in the global label market, apparel or otherwise.


Our research entailed searching for any data from market research reports, media reports, expert analyses, among other relevant resources. There was little publicly available data on the global apparel trims market as most of the information is locked behind paywalls. Based on the available information, the apparel trims market is also referred to as the "Fashion and Apparels Print Label Market." We were able to provide the current market size but we could not find any data that would enable us to provide a breakdown by category. We also explored corporate communications and the websites for the key players in the industry but they do not provide any data on the various categories in the market. They only provide information on their revenues and their respective business segments. The research team also tried to search for insights from country and regional reports in the hope that we could compile enough information to provide a breakdown of the categories in the global apparel trims market. Unfortunately, breakdowns by category could only be accessed by subscription. We suggest looking at these paywalled reports from 360 Research and Absolute Reports because they seem to contain the required information. Notably, the research team understood that you were mainly interested in paper-based apparel trims and we have tried to provide as much relevant information as possible.