Upgrading and restructuring in the global apparel value chain: Why China and Asia are outperforming Mexico and Central America


Journal Article

This article uses the global value chain approach to analyse the upgrading trajectories of leading apparel exporters adapting to the end of textile and apparel quotas and the economic recession. These events have been coupled by the consolidation and reconfiguration of global supply chains. China has been the big winner while other Asian suppliers are expanding their roles, largely at the expense of regional suppliers. One key to Asia's competitive success vis-à-vis Mexico and Central America has been end market diversification. Regional trade agreements (NAFTA; DR-CAFTA) have provided the latter with preferential access to the US market and ties to brand manufacturers, but they also created a reliance on US exports and have hindered suppliers from developing regional linkages into textile production, apparel design and branding. Growing apparel demand in emerging Asian economies and a regionally integrated production network has allowed Chinese apparel suppliers to upgrade and expand global market share. Copyright © 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Frederick, S; Gereffi, G

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 67 - 95

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1753-1950

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1753-1942

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1504/IJTLID.2011.041900

Citation Source

  • Scopus