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TEX-MED Clusters ended: an outlook to the future

31 12 2015

TEX-MED Clusters ended: an outlook to the future

The legacy of the project and the activity of Mediterranean Desk in a next future.

Brands Access to International Markets 21st-22nd October 2015

21 10 2015

Brands Access to International Markets 21st-22nd October 2015

JGATE hosted a two days initiative focused on market access facilitation for Mediterranean brands.

Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

16 11 2015

Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

In the frame of our CBC initiative “Training for technological upgrading”, Unione Industriale Pratese organized a guided visit to ITMA Fair in Milan.

Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

17 11 2015

Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

A networking event to show the opportunities of the Mediterranean Hyper-Cluster for the TC companies.

Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

01 12 2015

Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

The partner GACIC organized the Capitalization Forum at Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, final milestone event of the Project, together with Sustexnet and Meditexprojects.

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

24 11 2015

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

The partner TEXFOR organised a seminar at the Hotel La Mola in Terrassa to analyse and discuss challenges of the Catalan and Mediterranean TT clusters within our CBC initiative on the Mediterranean Cross Border Cooperation in the field of technical textiles.

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Amman - Jordan

Essentials

Both the Jordan-United States FTA and the Qualified Industrial Zone (QIZ) agreement have significantly increased Jordan's access to the U.S. market. The Jordan-United States FTA went into force in 2001 and allows Jordanian products to enter the United States duty-free.

The QIZ agreement went into force in 1998 and allows Jordanian products made in designated areas and containing Israeli inputs to enter the United States duty-free and quota-free.

Together, the agreements have contributed to an increase in Jordan's apparel and textile exports to the United States from US$50 million annually before 1999 to approximately US$1,3 billion in 2012). The United States constituted 93 percent of Jordan's total apparel exports, the CBJ reports. The Jordanian textile and apparel industry's U.S. customers include brands and retailers such as Gap, JCPenney, Levi Strauss & Co., Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Walmart, Kmart, Limited, Sears, Columbia, New York Laundry and Victoria's Secret.

Despite the heavy dependence on the US market, other interesting developments are characterizing the T/C sector such as the growth of SMEs for the local or Arabic markets producing ladies garments which are in line with the Muslim culture (so called Islamic fashion) as well as the development of a new breed of designers for western and local consumers.

     
1 Number of enterprises in the T/C Industry (latest figures) 142*
2 Total turnover of T/C Industry (latest figures) 635 mil. $
3 Total local employment direct T/C industry (latest figures 22.000 (60.000)**
4 Estimation of Total indirect employment n.a.
5 Exports 1300 mil. $***
6 Exports areas: USA and Canada 95%

* small workshops not included, as they are mainly non registered

** 60.000 Jordan

*** Exports of the Free Zones are not included in the total turnover

Specialization

The core activity of the cluster is clothing manufacturing (RMG) for casualwear, menswear (as in suits, pants, shirts and flat knits), womenswear (knit and woven, lined items included).

A big portion of work done is in what is called "qualified industrial zones – QIZ". Production there is mainly done for export to USA. One of 4 such zones is in the greater Amman municipal boundaries. Other relevant products: Underwear done mainly to the American market.

There is good level of high production machinery, including CAD/CAM and automated, specialised machinery. Other technologies/processes present in the cluster are : washing, printing embroidery and bounding.

Distinctive skills and/or competences of the cluster

  • Worldwide excellence in "volumes" (big lots where high efficiency/productivity is the key competitive factor)
  • Medium/high quality operators,
  • good medium scale management
  • available logistics infrastructure (overseas)

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