COVID-19, the global pandemic, has not only taken lives but has swallowed up many economical activities leading to another global crisis-hunger. Starting back in March 2020 when the States and Europe started to go into lockdown, sales of clothing industries fell to almost 50%, from April 2020 till December 2020. Thus, many industries had to keenly look at their manufacturing footprint to manage capacity with reference to sales and cost. Some took long-term decisions and ended up completely losing their manufacturing footprint. They were hoping that the world will recover soon and they will have enough to restart manufacturing and production activities.
A lesson for all humanity is not to depend on a single source for raw materials. Custom clothing manufacturers suffered the worst due to lack of demand. The pandemic completely shattered the clothing industry’s supply chain. Some manufacturers reduced their manufacturing footprint whereas others started shifting their products from fashion pieces to COVID protection fashionable clothing articles. This includes printed and embellished face masks, reusable textured and toned hazmat suits, and matching gloves, scarfs, masks, socks, and clothing.
The annual capacity of some clothing manufacturers used to be from 50-55 million. This reduced the time of the pandemic. However, smart manufacturers shifted their products from shirts to facemasks to cover up some losses instead of halting supply. The textile industry wasn’t this good to others though. When the demand for textile products in the UK and all over Europe (domestic sales as well) came down to a grinding halt, factories and industries were forcibly stopped by the government causing a great supply chain disturbance and manpower-related issues. The COVID situation is still not under control. Thus, it is only hoped that the industry will once again stand tall and sustain its global earning positions.