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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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Central Tunisia (sahel) - Tunisia

Essentials

The Tunisian T/C industry developed during the early 1970 when the country was able to attract important European investors.

The Central Region was the most important clothing cluster in the south side of the Mediterranean (currently, 83 % of the workforces are employed in the production of clothing). The T/C industry in central Tunisia reached its peak in the mid 1990 with approx.

240,000 employees representing 50% of the workforce in the sector. Since then the cluster is a “quality” supplier of leading European brands, fashion groups and large retailers (mainly in France, Italy and Belgium).

Despite a downsizing as a consequence of the competitive aggressiveness of low cost Asian countries, this area represents more than 40 % of Tunisian textile and apparel jobs and 40% of national exports of textile and clothing sector.

According to the recent government industrial strategy for T/C, the cluster is now considering a new strategy for its development which put emphasis of the “wet T/C processes” (dyeing and finishing) in order to enter more defensible segments (than CMT and RMG production) and more added value activities.

     
1 Number of enterprises in the T/C Industry (latest figures) 720
2 Total turnover of T/C Industry (latest figures) 2.960 mil. €
3 Total local employment direct T/C industry (latest figures) 74 506
4 Estimation of Total indirect employment 106.000
5 Exports 987 mil. €
6 Exports areas EU 94%

Specialization

Prevailing products are sports wear in denim and other fabrics from cotton and other mixtures.Other relevant products are cotton and mixture yarns, knitted fabrics, non-woven products.

The majority of companies are export-oriented, we find companies making clothes sportswear in denim and knitwear. They are mainly subcontractors, but we also find the contractors and companies that make the finished product. Other item swimwear, lingerie, workwear in technical textile

Distinctive skills and/or competences

  • Know how, proximity and reactivity
  • A good knowledge enabling staff to work any kind of items
  • A country more and more specialized in short time production
  • Long cooperation with the main European markets
  • Fast delivery, flexibility, small quantities and custom service

For more details about companies of this cluster : www.cettex.com.tn