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Textile and Apparels

The worldwide textile market was valued at $993.6 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4% from 2022 to 2030.


The government focuses on promoting high-value added manufacturing activities, particularly on technical textiles with diverse applications, sustainable textiles, research, and development.


Despite a significant sales decline during the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia’s textiles sector has rebounded by restructuring of business models and embracing digital solutions. The expected revenue for Malaysia’s apparel market in 2023 is about USD 5.2 billion, with a projected growth rate exceeding 4% through 2027.


The textiles and textile products industry in Malaysia is marked by intense competition, driven by local manufacturers proficient in delivering a diverse array of superior-quality textiles and products.


Domestic Investments

(RM524.6 mil)

RM596.9 mil

Total Approved Investments in



Foreign Investments

(RM72.3 mil)

RM596.9 mil

Total Approved Investments in


Domestic Investments

(RM524.6 mil)


Foreign Investments

(RM72.3 mil)


Approved Projects


Job Opportunities

For more statistics, please click here.

Main Subsectors

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, buttons, zippers, packaging, etc.)



which includes boots, shoes, sandals, slippers and clogs


which is used to make a variety of articles/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

"Ramatex is a Malaysian company with fully vertically integrated textile & garment manufacturing from producing yarn to garments and adopting automation in its processes which advocates ESG in its operations. ESG initiatives undertaken by Ramatex include sustainable raw materials sourcing, waste circularity, renewable energy through on-site solar PV and biomass steam boiler and compliance with the ZDHC wastewater guidelines achieved through the implementation of state-of-the-art water recycling systems. As per the Malaysia book of records, Ramatex currently has the largest solar PV rooftop by a single company in Malaysia."

- Ramatex

Leather Products

The growth of the leather industry is being driven by the rising demand for fashionable and high-end leather goods such as leather jackets, bags, belts, wallets, shoes, watch straps and accessories.


The Government is currently promoting investments in engineered and high-value added leather products, with a focus on the automotive and aviation industries.


In 2021, the global leather goods market was valued at USD 350.2 billion. Both Mordor Intelligence and IMARC Group expect the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6% from 2022 to 2027, reaching USD 623.44 billion by 2028.


The Malaysian leather industry has higher potential for growth and development, with opportunities for diversification and innovation. The luxury leather goods industry in Malaysia is expected to generate USD 540 million in revenue by 2023. This market is projected to grow at an annual growth rate of 3.7% sustaining until 2027.

Our Investors' Highlights

“Taman Buaya Langkawi (TBL) is a Malaysian leatherware manufacturer that has been in operation since 1993. The company specializes in high-quality leather products, such as watchstraps, belts, and bags. TBL is committed to training local Malaysians in high-skilled jobs to create a new high-skilled industry and elevate Malaysia's quality of production.

TBL's leather products are made from the finest crocodile leather, which is sourced from the company's own crocodile farm. The company's leather tanning process is certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG).

TBL's leatherware products are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and durability. The company's products are exported to over 30 countries around the world, and TBL is a leading supplier of leather watchstraps to some of the world's most prestigious watch brands.”

- Taman Buaya Langkawi (TBL)

Gold Jewellery

Malaysia has a thriving jewellery industry, with over 100 manufacturers of varying scales catering to a substantial domestic demand that ranks fourth among ASEAN countries. The center of jewellery manufacturing in Malaysia is Penang, where more than 80% of the country’s gold and jewellery is produced.


Jewellery companies continuously invest in automation and digitalisation. The most significant advancements in the manufacturing process of jewellery are 3D printing, laser technology, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Augmented Reality.


The global jewellery market was valued at USD249 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% from 2022 to 2030. This growth can be attributed to rising disposable income and the introduction of innovative jewellery designs by manufacturers.


Approved Projects

RM23 mil

(100% Domestic)
Total Approved Investments in


Job Opportunities

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Our Investors' Highlights

“Poh Kong is a Malaysian jewelry manufacturer and retailer with over 100 stores nationwide. The company was founded in 1976 and has grown to become one of the leading jewelry companies in Malaysia. Poh Kong is known for its wide range of high-quality jewelry products, including gold, silver, and diamond jewelry.

In 2023, Poh Kong launched a new line of sustainable gold jewelry made from recycled materials. Poh Kong is also investing in new technologies, such as 3D printing to improve its manufacturing and retail operations. The company is currently working on a new expansion project to increase its production capacity and open new stores.”

- Poh Kong

Get Started

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Learn more about the essential forms and guidelines to help you get started on your journey in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector.
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