Europe Textile Market

Europe Textile Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Forecast: By Material Type: Cotton, Chemical, Wool, Silk, Others; By Product Type: Natural Fibres, Polyester, Nylon, Others; By Application: Household, Technical, Fashion and Clothing, Others; Regional Analysis; Market Dynamics: SWOT Analysis; Competitive Landscape; 2024-2032

Europe Textile Market Outlook

The Europe textile market size attained a value of USD 181.77 billion in 2023. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.0% during 2024-2032 to reach a value of USD 236.86 billion by 2032.


Key Takeaways

  • Textile manufacturers are incorporating computer vision technology for fabric pattern recognition and fabric colour matching, to examine fabric quality, saving up on production costs and time.
  • The major European markets namely, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and Poland collectively account for nearly 67% of all intra-EU imports in the apparel sector.
  • The EU's sustainable textile production strategy targets the establishment of a new sustainable textile ecosystem within the EU market by 2030.


The textile sector is a key segment within the manufacturing sector and is a major contributor to the European economy. Reportedly, the largest manufacturers of textiles are United Kingdom Italy, Germany, and France. The textile sector in Europe mainly consists of small and medium-sized enterprises. The European manufacturers are regarded as the leaders in technical and industrial textiles such as non-wovens (industrial filters, hygiene products, materials for the medical and automotive sectors), high-quality garments, and interior textiles with a high design content.


The textile market in Europe is driven by various factors, such as the demand for technical textiles, research to develop advanced textiles, rising use of natural fibres to produce textiles, and rising demand for fashion clothing.


Key Trends and Developments

Rising demand for natural fibres, demand for sustainable production processes, and adoption of technology by manufacturers are creating several opportunities for Europe textile market development.


Date Company Details
Aug 2023 Gokaldas Exports Limited (GEL) Gokaldas Exports Limited (GEL) has set its sights on the acquisition of Atraco Group (Atraco), a distinguished apparel manufacturer renowned for its substantial market presence and robust customer networks in both the United States and Europe.
Jul 2023 Lenzing Group The Lenzing Group partnered with Advance Denim, a leading denim mill, and Officina+39, an Italian chemical company, to introduce groundbreaking innovations in the realm of zero-cotton denim aesthetics.
Jun 2023 Lenzing Group Lenzing Group joined forces with Swedish pulp producer Södra to drive innovation in textile waste recycling through the OnceMore® process, supported by a substantial EUR 10 million subsidy from the EU's LIFE 2022 program.
Apr 2023 Getzner Textil Getzner Textil has undertaken a significant expansion of its facility in Bludenz, Austria, encompassing a generous 4,320 square meters and necessitating a substantial EUR 27 million investment.



Trends Impact
Adoption of sustainable textile manufacturing Ecologically produced textiles can be considered as the ‘white space’ for growth opportunities for textile manufacturers. By adopting sustainable and ethical production practices, textile manufacturers can attract eco-minded consumers
Demand for technical textiles The growth of automobile, construction, healthcare, and packaging sectors in European countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, and France, aid the demand for technical textiles.
Adoption of technology The textile sector in Europe is witnessing a digital transformation with the increased adoption of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.
Rising use of natural fibres Natural fibres like cotton are gaining prominence as renewable raw materials and are playing a crucial role in advancing the EU circular economy due to their biodegradability.


Technological Trends in the Textile Market in Europe

  • In the European Union, Italy, Germany, and France lead in terms of the number of professionals with advanced technology (AT) skills employed in the textile market.
  • The advanced technology skills include Advanced Manufacturing, Big Data, Cloud, AI, Advanced Materials, Security, Industrial Biotechnology, IoT, Robotics, Nanotech, Blockchain, AR/ VR, and Photonics.
  • However soft skills and other non-technological skills are also highly relevant, especially for the luxury textile and apparel sector, as they play a critical role in the success of European companies on global markets.


Figure: Top Five Technological Skills in the Textile Sector with the Highest Growth from 2018 to 2019 Among EU27 Countries.

Europe textile market


Europe Textile Market Trends

There is a growing demand for smart fabrics in Europe. These products can communicate with smartphones to process biometric information such as heart rate, temperature, breathing, and stress for use in sporting applications. Further, the adoption of 3D printing has revolutionised the textile manufacturing sector In Europe. 3D printing allows the manufacturers to experiment with innovative materials and recyclable materials. This further helps in allowing the region to reach its zero waste goals.


In 2020, the European Commission (EC) launched the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) pushing the region towards a circular economy. The textile sector is considered a priority sector with the Strategy for Sustainable Textiles launched under CEAP aiming to create a greener production and consumption of textiles. With the rising importance of sustainability and ethical production practices, ecologically manufactured textiles are considered a white space for opportunities for growth in the sector.  This is further contributing to the greater uptake of safer and cleaner materials such as wool and cotton for producing textiles.


Market Segmentation

Europe Textile Market Report and Forecast 2024-2032 offers a detailed analysis of the market based on the following segments:


Market Breakup Categories
Material Type Cotton, Chemical, Wool, Silk, Others
Product Type Natural Fibres, Polyester, Nylon, Others
Application Household, Technical, Fashion and Clothing, Others
Country Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Others


Household is further divided into bedding, kitchen, upholstery, towel, and others whereas technical segment is categorised into construction, transport, protective, medical, and others. Additionally, fashion and clothing are divided into apparel, ties and clothing accessories, handbags, and others.


The wool segment is expected to hold a significant Europe textile market share as it is widely adopted to make winter clothing

According to the Europe textile market analysis, due to its properties such as breathability and thermal insulation, wool is being widely adopted for making winter clothing. Wool, considered a renewable raw material grown by sheep has the potential to lower large amounts of carbon and improve biodiversity. The growing inclination towards a circular economy across Europe is contributing to the greater adoption of wool for textile production.


As per the Europe textile market report, natural fibres such as cotton are increasingly being used in Europe as renewable raw materials majorly due to their biodegradable properties aligning with the region's circular economy initiatives. Cotton has gained popularity in Europe as it is practical versatile, durable, soft, breathable, and biodegradable. Also, as it can be dyed and blended with other fibres, it is being widely used in the European textile and apparel sector.


The Italian city of Como is considered a main centre for manufacturing silk fabrics in Europe due to the abundant presence of mulberry trees that are required for breeding silkworms. The silk produced in Italy is hypoallergenic and is widely used in producing dresses, scarves, tie accessories, etc.


As chemical fibres are durable and can be dyed easily, it finds application in household and clothing textiles in Europe, aiding the Europe textile market growth. In Europe, chemical fibres, such as polyester and nylon make up a large share of clothing and household textiles. Also, due to its characteristics such as affordability, and versatility, it is widely adopted for the production of low-cost, fast fashion, and high-performance textiles for durable clothing in Europe.


By product type, polyester is widely adopted in producing technical textiles, aiding the Europe textile market development

Europe’s technical textile sector supports the use of polyester in various markets, such as medical, packaging, and sports, owing to its properties of chemical resistance, hydrophobicity, UV resistance, etc.  Further, when blended with cotton, polyester improves cotton's shrinkage, durability, and wrinkling profile.


In the European clothing market, natural fibres are rising in prevalence with the rising popularity of cotton. While nylon is expected to grow the fastest and polyester holds the largest volume, the demand for natural fibres is still rising driven by rising environmental awareness.


Competitive Landscape

Textile manufacturers compete for better quality, price, development of sustainable fabrics, and certifications.


Company Name Year Founded Headquarters Products/Services
TDV Industries 1867 Le Bas des Bois, France Cotton-rich blends, 100% cotton fabrics, fibre stretch textiles, polycotton compositions, flame retardant materials, etc.
Successori Reda S.p.A. 1865 Valdilana, Italy Pure wool fabrics, Merino wool fabrics, active fabrics, etc.
Paulo De Oliveira Company 1936 Covilhã, Portugal Formal wear fabrics, sportive fabrics, event and ceremony fabrics, technical fabrics, etc.
Lenzing AG 1890 Lenzing, Austria Textile products are offered under the trade market of TENCEL™, ECOVERO™, VEOCEL™, and LENZING™.


Other key players in the Europe textile market include Aquafil S.p.A., Tirotex Textile Company, Fulgar SpA, Getzner Textil AG, and Lanificio Fratelli Balli S.P.A., among others.


Europe Textile Market Analysis by Region

The United Kingdom holds a significant Europe textile market share due to a strong textile manufacturing sector

According to the Europe textile market analysis, the textile manufacturing sector of the United Kingdom produces about GBP 5.8Bn of materials that consist of the widely sought-after cashmere, worsted wool, luxurious tweeds, and distinctive tartans. As of 2020, the country had a presence of 4,200 businesses manufacturing textiles. The United Kingdom's textile sector is transforming with the digitalisation and acceptance of a circular economy.


The textile sector in Germany is concentrated in the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia (199 companies), Bavaria (127 companies), Baden-Württemberg, (121 companies), and Saxony (103 companies). Germany stands out for its significant innovation in the area of technical synthetic textile which encompasses a large share of textile manufacturing.


The EU countries, such as France, Italy, and Germany generally produce high-end luxury apparel. The fashion and luxury markets play a crucial role in the French economy. France also encompasses numerous companies engaged in the production of yarns, fabrics, and textiles for furniture, and technical applications. Additionally, the country's ready-to-wear clothing sector benefits from a well-established distribution network spread across the country.


According to the Europe textile market analysis, the Italian textile sector is transforming to achieve a complex balance between modernisation and technological advancements, while simultaneously maintaining a focus on creativity and craftsmanship. Italy is the second largest producer of textile finishing machinery with a world market share of around 17%. The country is home to around 45,000 textile and fashion companies. A majority of the small and medium textile companies are located in the Italian textile districts, such as Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia, and Tuscany.


Key Highlights of the Report

Base Year 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment:

  • Material Type
  • Product Type
  • Application
  • Region
Breakup by Material Type
  • Cotton
  • Chemical
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Others
Breakup by Product Type
  • Natural Fibres
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Others
Breakup by Application
  • Household
  • Technical
  • Fashion and Clothing
  • Others
Breakup by Region
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy
  • Others
Market Dynamics
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  • Key Indicators for Demand
  • Key Indicators for Price
Competitive Landscape
  • Market Structure
  • Company Profiles
    • Company Overview
    • Product Portfolio
    • Demographic Reach and Achievements
    • Certifications
Companies Covered
  • TDV Industries
  • Successori Reda SpA 
  • Paulo de Oliveira Company 
  • Tirotex Textile Company 
  • Aquafil S.p.A. 
  • Fulgar SpA 
  • Getzner Textil AG 
  • Lanificio Fratelli Balli SpA 
  • Others


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1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers    
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Market Snapshot
7    Opportunities and Challenges in the Market
8    Global Textile Market Overview

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Textile Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    8.3    Global Textile Market Forecast (2024-2032)
    8.4    Global Textile Market Share by Region
        8.4.1    North America
        8.4.2    Europe
        8.4.3    Asia Pacific
        8.4.4    Latin America
        8.4.5    Middle East and Africa
9    Europe Textile Market Overview
    9.1    Key Industry Highlights
    9.2    Europe Textile Historical Market (2018-2023) 
    9.3    Europe Textile Market Forecast (2024-2032)
10    Europe Textile Market by Material Type
    10.1    Cotton
        10.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.2    Chemical
        10.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.3    Wool
        10.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.4    Silk
        10.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        10.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    10.5    Others
11    Europe Textile Market by Product Type
    11.1    Natural Fibres
        11.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.2    Polyester
        11.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.3    Nylon
        11.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        11.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    11.4    Others
12    Europe Textile Market by Application
    12.1    Household
        12.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.1.3    Breakup by Type
    12.2    Technical
        12.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.2.3    Breakup by Type
    12.3    Fashion and Clothing
        12.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        12.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
        12.3.3    Breakup by Type
      Ties and Clothing Accessories
    12.4    Others
13    Europe Textile Market by Country
    13.1    Germany
        13.1.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.1.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.2    United Kingdom
        13.2.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.2.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.3    France
        13.3.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.3.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.4    Italy
        13.4.1    Historical Trend (2018-2023)
        13.4.2    Forecast Trend (2024-2032)
    13.5    Others
14    Market Dynamics
    14.1    SWOT Analysis
        14.1.1    Strengths
        14.1.2    Weaknesses
        14.1.3    Opportunities
        14.1.4    Threats
    14.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        14.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        14.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        14.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        14.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        14.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    14.3    Key Indicators of Demand
    14.4    Key Indicators of Price
15    Trade Data Analysis (HS Code: 5903)
    15.1    Major Importing Countries
        15.1.1    By Volume
        15.1.2    By Value
    15.2    Major Exporting Countries
        15.2.1    By Volume
        15.2.2    By Value
16    Price Analysis
17    Competitive Landscape

    17.1    Market Structure
    17.2    Company Profiles
        17.2.1    TDV Industries
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.2    Successori Reda SpA 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.3    LENZING AG
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.4    Paulo de Oliveira Company 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.5    Tirotex Textile Company 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.6    Aquafil S.p.A. 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.7    Fulgar SpA 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.8    Getzner Textil AG 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.9    Lanificio Fratelli Balli SpA 
      Company Overview
      Product Portfolio
      Demographic Reach and Achievements
        17.2.10    Others
18    Key Trends and Developments in the Market

List of Key Figures and Tables

1.    Global Textile Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032 
2.    Europe Textile Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2018 and 2032 
3.    Europe Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Material Type (USD Million), 2018-2023 
4.    Europe Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Material Type (USD Million), 2024-2032 
5.    Europe Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Product Type (USD Million), 2018-2023 
6.    Europe Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Product Type (USD Million), 2024-2032 
7.    Europe Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Application (USD Million), 2018-2023 
8.    Europe Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Application (USD Million), 2024-2032 
9.    Europe Textile Historical Market: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2018-2023 
10.    Europe Textile Market Forecast: Breakup by Country (USD Million), 2024-2032 
11.    Major Importing Countries by Value
12.    Major Exporting Countries by Value
13.    Major Importing Countries by Volume
14.    Major Exporting Countries by Volume
15.    Europe Textile Market Structure

Key Questions Answered in the Report

In 2023, the Europe textile market attained a value of USD 181.77 billion.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.0% between 2024 and 2032.

The market is estimated to witness healthy growth in the forecast period of 2024-2032 to reach a value of USD 236.86 billion by 2032.

Textile is a flexible material composed of a network of natural or artificial fibres, called yarn.

Prato is considered to be one of the largest industrial districts in Italy, the largest textile centre in Europe, and an important centre for the production of woollen yarns and fabrics, globally.

The market is being driven by the growing fashion and apparel industry, high consumer disposable incomes, and Europe’s dominance in textile research and innovation.

The key trends aiding the market expansion include the growing shift towards sustainable and organic textiles, increasing sales through online platforms, and incorporation of advanced technologies.

Cotton, chemical, wool, and silk, among others, are the different raw material types used in the market.

The major European textile markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, among others.

The major players in the market are TDV Industries, Successori Reda SpA, LENZING AG, Paulo de Oliveira Company, Tirotex Textile Company, Aquafil S.p.A., Fulgar SpA, Getzner Textil AG, and Lanificio Fratelli Balli SpA, among others.

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