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Textile and Apparels

Malaysia has become a global trendsetter in the field of textiles and apparel wear. Malaysian designers have been creating clothing worn by celebrities, members of royalty and even heads of states. Malaysian textile and fashion entrepreneurs are more than capable of becoming international players, given their many talents. 
The textile and apparels industry is an ever-growing market, with key competitors being China, EU, US and India. Nonetheless, Malaysia’s mature and well-established textile and apparels industry provides plentiful growth potential. Business opportunities lie in the higher end of the global value chain and the diversified production of higher value-added products.
Going forward, the industry’s growth will depend on building a stronger and more comprehensive ecosystem that focusses on talent, skills and innovation. Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation have impacted both the front-end as well as the back-end of the industry. Digital transformation has paved the way for completely new and efficient business models.
The continuing importance of the textile and apparels industry is highlighted in the country’s Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3) and the upcoming IMP4, which identified industrial and technical textiles, functional fabrics, high-end fabrics and ethnic fabrics as growth categories. We welcome investments that are involved in the improvement of product quality while allowing the maintenance of reasonable price levels and contribute to the country’s export earnings.


Domestic Investments

(RM242.08 bil)

RM440.95 mil

Total Approved Investments



Foreign Investments

(RM198.87 bil)

RM440.95 mil

Total Approved Investments


Domestic Investments

(RM242.08 bil)


Foreign Investments

(RM198.87 bil)


Approved Projects


Job Opportunities

RM15.82 bil

Textile exports

Main Sub-Sectors

The lifestyle industry is categorised into two main sub-sectors:


consist of upstream primary textiles and activities such as polymerisation, spinning, weaving, knitting and wet processing.








consist of clothing, footwear, leatherwear and jewellery


which includes made-up garments, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and accessories (labels, button, zippers, packaging, etc.)



which includes boots, shoes, sandals, slippers and clogs


which is used to make a variety of accessories including footwear, automobile seats, clothing, bags, book bindings, fashion accessories and furniture




which includes decorative items worn for personal adornment made up of jewellery or precious metals, and costume jewellery such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets and cufflinks.

Major Companies in Malaysia

Federation of Malaysian Fashion,
Textile & Apparel Industrial

Ramatex Textiles
Industrial Sdn. Bhd

Recron Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Jin Huo Gold & Jewellery
Industries (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Habib Jewels Sdn. Bhd.

Bonia Corporation Berhad

Fibertex Nonwovens Sdn Bhd

Penfabric Sdn Bhd

Bata (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Federation of Malaysian Fashion, Textiles and Apparels (FMFTA)

The Federation of Malaysian Fashion, Textiles and Apparels (FMFTA) was launched in collaboration with MIDA in 2019, in line with Malaysia’s initiative to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0.
The federation was established as a response to the advent of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital printing, cloud computing and system integration that have impacted both the front end as well as the back end of the textiles and apparels industry.
The FMFTA has the following objectives:

  • Coordinate, promote and spearhead the progressive development of Malaysia’s fashion textiles and apparels industry to boost domestic consumption and become integrated into the global value chain
  • Serves as the collective and cohesive voice of the industry and facilitate international promotional activities of its members
  • Acts as a focus consultation between the Government and its related agencies in policy advocacy, formulating strategies, incentives and strategic programme recommendations regarding issues that hamper the growth of these industries

Our Investors' Highlights

With an illustrious 46-year history, BONIA Group’s numerous successes and milestones can be attributed to the backing of an exceptional workforce and a conducive business environment. Malaysia’s large pool of diverse talents, competent infrastructure, steady economy, strong governmental support, generous investment incentives, strategic location and stable political climate all paved the way for the company’s expanding influence in the fashion industry and popularity beyond the region. As we stand today, BONIA Group has established its presence around the world, a flourishing digital presence and a growing e-commerce platform.

- Dato’ Sri Daniel Chiang, Group Executive Director
BONIA (2020)

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