The textile industry is one of the traditional economy bases in the country. However, due to intensified global competition, Malaysia’s textile manufacturers are moving up the value chain by venturing into higher value-adding activities, e.g. automation and computerised manufacturing, and undertaking R&D activities to develop new processes and applications. Johor’s textile industry is more focused on the apparel sub sector where approximately 73% of the establishments in this sector are involved in manufacturing apparel for babies and adults. Many of these establishments are located in Batu Pahat, Kluang and Muar.

Structure of the Textile and Apparel Industry in Johor, 2005

  • Tanning and dressing of leather, manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery and harness.
  • Footwear
  • Spinning, weaving, and fishing of textile
  • Household and industrial textiles
  • Knitted and crocheted fabrics and articles
  • Wearing apparel excluding fur apparel

Figure: Textile Investment Opportunities in Johor

Enablers Investment Opportunities
  • Close linkage with ASEAN network
  • Established industry with operational capabilities
  • Ready access to skilled labour at competitive costs
  • Well established logistic infrastructure
  • Available land for cluster development
  • Natural or man-made fibres
  • Yarn of natural or man-made fibres
  • Woven fabrics
  • Knitted fabrics
  • Finishing of fabrics such as bleaching, dyeing and printing
  • Non-woven fabrics
  • Specialised apparel
  • Technical or functional textiles and textile products