Shandong province in China has world class advanced textile industry clusters. After decades of development, a complete industrial chain including weaving, printing and dyeing, garment, home textiles has been formed, which has increased its competitiveness and influence in the world. The trillion-level textile and garment industry in Shandong province is not only the pillar of the province’s industrial economy but also a typical representative of the innovation and development of Shandong’s manufacturing industry. In particular, the textile and garment industry clusters characterized by large-scale and intensive development play a very important role in driving local economic development, promoting employment, and building regional brands.
Shandong province has a total of 26 textile and garment industry clusters, ranking fourth in China. The business income of these 26 textile and garment industry clusters accounts for 46 per cent of Shandong province’s income and 18.4 per cent of China’s.
In 2018, China’s textile industry showed a slowdown trend. However, economic indicators such as revenue, profit and exports of enterprises above a designated size have improved. The trend is expected to continue in 2019. Industrial clusters are stepping up their innovation efforts in accordance with the requirements of high-level scientific and technological application, high-level brand development, high capacity for sustainable development, and high-quality talented personnel.