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

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Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

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Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

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Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

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Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

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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

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Bethlehem - West Bank - Palestinian Authority

Essentials

In Palestine a T/C sector is still existing. Indeed, all external conditions in which enterprise operate are so hard that the mere survival of some of them is to be considered a success.

Most production is done for the Israeli market; which decided, a few years ago, that it was cheaper to produce in China. However, after some time, they realised that Israel is too small a market to abide by the big quantities that the Chinese impose on them, and they are now moving back to Palestine. The local market: After the intervention of the Palestinian Authority in controlling the goods imported from the Far East – at the insistence of UPTI and the Palestine Federation of Industries, the industry is gaining grounds in the local market.

Underwear from the Bethlehem cluster has long enjoyed a good reputation, the same goes for towels. However, it must be noted that a big amount of sportswear, socks, polo shirts etc.. are marketed as "fakes", using international labels unlawfully. Palestine is not an independent country and has not implemented the intellectual property law.

CM-T is, by far, the biggest industry activity, much of which is undeclared and falls into the "black economy" sections, this is the reason why figures available on the sector are, in a way, misleading. The majority of CM-T activity is done for the Israeli producers or producers/retailers and is, in general, of a higher quality.

However, the production of heavier confection (lined items like jackets, coats etc…) is very limited.

     
1 Number of enterprises in the T/C Industry (latest figures): 167
2 Total turnover of T/C Industry (latest figures): 220 mil. €
3 Total local employment direct T/C industry (latest figures 2700
4 Estimation of Total indirect employment 3000
5 Exports 18 mil. €
6 Exports areas: Israel 80%

Specialization

Core activity of the cluster is circular knitting, home textiles (Towelling), CM-Light knitwear, CM-T women fashion (Non-lined items).

Other relevant products are : terry cloth, denim (Sewing and washing). Machinery is generally old due to the lack of the availability of proper maintenance, the industry is hesitant to invest in hi tech. Driving force of the cluster are the big producers: like Arja Textiles.

Distinctive skills and/or competences

  • Experienced machine operators
  • Over 50 years' experience in circular knitting, weaving and dyeing

For more details about companies of this cluster : Download the Directory of the UPTI members