Global Commodity Chains in Crisis: The Garment Industry in Malaysia

Crinis, Vicki (2012) Global Commodity Chains in Crisis: The Garment Industry in Malaysia. Institutions and Economies, 4 (3). pp. 61-82.

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This paper examines the garment industry in Malaysia from the 1970s to the present. It looks at the strategies employed by manufacturers to cope with both the end of the Multi-fibre Arrangement (MFA) and the effects of the global economic crisis on the industry in Malaysia. The garment industry in Malaysia is situated on the periphery and is almost totally reliant on contracts from the United States (US) and Europe for its survival. Since the global economic recession, contraction in the consumption of garments in these countries has translated into factory closures and lay-offs in Malaysia. According to industry experts, the apparel sector is no longer competitive and unless manufacturers increase levels of technology the industry will struggle to survive. Trade associations in Malaysia and ASEAN countries argue that a regional strategy is necessary to cope with increasing levels of competition from China and other parts of the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: economic crisis, export manufacturing, foreign workers, global commodity chains, Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 03:20
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 03:20

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