In today’s complex and changing consumer marketplace, players in the textile and footwear industry, including manufacturers, brands and retailers, need to ensure that the products they deliver to the market meet consumer expectations, along with the required safety, regulatory and government standards. Not only do consumers focus on price and style, but they also are concerned about a product’s compliance with the prescribed safety regulations, quality requirements and chemical composition as well as durability and environmental guidelines.

Major Focus on India

Textile manufacturing continues to shift to low cost Asian countries. A growing number of major brands and retailers are making India their strategic sourcing country. India is recognized as one of the ten largest supplying countries to the textile and apparel industry. With increasing domestic consumption backed by strong economic growth and growing per capita income, India, apart from being a production hub, has also emerged as a strong consumption market in last 5 years.

The Indian textiles industry can be divided into several segments : Cotton , Silk, Woollen, handcrafted textiles, jute and coir, ready-made garments, Home and made ups.

In addition to its strong domestic textile infrastructure, the vertically integrated supply chain and expanding retail penetration, make India a preferred sourcing destination in the global marketplace.

Stricter market requirements enforcement

Major exporting destinations for textiles and footwear, including the EU and the US, place emphasis on consumer product safety via legislation, such as the EU’s REACH and the US’s CPSIA, as well as various state-specific laws.  Furthermore, with the emergence of the Asian nations, India is increasingly trading with her neighbours such as China. China also has imposed national mandatory safety regulations for textile and footwear products. The vigorous market surveillance and enforcement actions of these nations, often resulting in recall cases, as well as brands’ concerns on products safety and chemical management in the supply chain, make it of paramount importance for manufacturers in India and other Asian countries to stay up-to-date on market requirements and to increase their technical knowledge and know-how to stay on top of the competition. Such goals can be achieved by ensuring high degrees of compliance and by delivering trust.

The right partner makes market access easier

As an independent quality assurance service provider, SGS helps build confidence between partners in the supply chain by providing services such as product evaluations at development and pre-production stages, and assessments for regulatory & safety compliance. We deliver trust among exporters, agents and retailers after verifying that their products meet national and international norms and meet the ultimate client’s expectations.
SGS has a large technical support network to further help clients to interpret testing results, provide defect analysis of customer complaint items and perform design evaluations regarding applicable regulatory & safety requirements. SGS is continually delivering services and solutions that help clients to minimize the risk of substandard merchandise and costly customer returns, with the peace of mind to focus on moving their business forward.
Find out more information on SGS Services for the Footwear Industry.

Karen E. Kyllo, Ph.D.
Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines
SGS North America Inc.
t: +1 973 461 7934


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