Despite the fact that the garment manufacturing industry in Serbia is still in its infancy, there are several large and reputable companies that have already started to emerge in the market. These companies are ASSA Tex, Birlesik Tekstil, Elyaf Group, Istanbul Tekstil, and Too Fabric.
1 Istanbul Tekstil
During Texhibition Istanbul, Turkish apparel companies met with the representatives of various fashion stores, designers, wholesalers and international chain stores. Some of the largest garment manufacturers in the region were present. Some of them are Istanbul Tekstil, Akkus Tekstil and Fetih Tekstil.
The Turkish textile company Birlesik Tekstil has expressed gratitude to the Trade Minister of Serbia Rasim Ljajic for the support of the government in its investment. The company plans to open a factory in Belgrade, Serbia by the end of this year.
Turkish textile and garment manufacturers are attracted to Serbia because of its high qualified workforce and business climate. It is expected that more Turkish companies will invest in the country.
The Turkish firm Elyaf Group, which is one of the largest manufacturers of knitted garments in the world, opened a design studio in the UK. The company’s annual production capacity is over 1.5 million pieces. It also has a design department in Spain.
Another Turkish textile company, Aster Textile, a key player in the ready to wear industry, opened its first Serbian facility last week. The factory will produce womenswear, menswear and kidswear. It will cost 7.2 million Euros to set up. It will employ 250 people.
The company is among the top ten exporters of the Turkish textile industry. Its factories have been built to the highest standards, with an aim to provide the most flexible service possible.
2 AEM Textile
Among the leading garment manufacturing companies in Serbia, AEM Textile is a company that focuses on activewear. It provides printing, dyeing, and sublimation techniques to develop sportswear. It also provides sewing solutions, and license wear. It has a production capacity of around 20,000 – 25,000 pieces per day. It offers a wide range of prints for its customers, including high-density silicone prints, and an eighteen-color image.
The textile industry in Serbia is one of the country’s biggest sectors. It contributes to ten percent of the nation’s GDP. It is a profitable industry, with a long tradition. The industry has also been able to attract a large share of foreign investments. The country has received a number of textile projects in recent years, and many European firms have decided to set up manufacturing units in Serbia.
Serbian textiles have regained their traditional competitiveness in the global arena. They are attracting new foreign investors, and promise to provide interesting opportunities for industrial investments.
The government of Serbia has made an effort to strengthen the textile industry and attract more foreign investments. A number of companies from Austria and Italy have started operations in the country. The industry has also gained support from the EU, which has facilitated textile exports to the EU.
The textile and apparel sector in Serbia is an ideal location for small production runs. It is the last continental European market that offers low costs and high skills.
3 Birlesik Tekstil
Despite the fact that Serbia’s textile and apparel sector has been hit hard by the collapse of the former Yugoslavia’s markets, the country has managed to attract several textile projects in recent years. In fact, one of the top garment manufacturing companies in Serbia, Birlesik Tekstil, recently announced plans to open a factory in Belgrade by the end of this year.
This new facility will employ about 600 people in its first phase, with an aim to hire about 600 more workers in the second phase. Its products include jeans, which the company plans to manufacture at an estimated scale of seven million pairs a year.
Despite the fact that the textile industry in Serbia has been struggling for the past several years, the country has been supported by both the EU and the international community. In addition to being the shortest passage between Europe and Asia, Serbia also boasts a good road and railway network. The country is a major hub for imports and exports between the two regions, and the economy is quite stable. The country has been able to secure Most Favoured Nation status from the US, which lowers tariffs on hosiery.
Other big players in the sector are Funika Holding, Luks Kadife and Aktif Triko. The former is a leading manufacturer of cotton yarn goods, while the latter is a well-known brand in the country’s fashion scene.
4 ASSA Tex
Several European firms have recently sprung up in the Serbian textile market. The country is home to more than 1500 textile companies and employs more than 30000 workers. The best and most reliable way to keep abreast of the competition is to make sure that the quality of your products is not compromised. The Serbian fashion industry has shifted from its traditional roots to a design-oriented global sector.
The most exciting part is that there are a few small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who have managed to get their foot in the door. This includes the Turkish firm Birlesik Tekstil, which has acquired the former Beko factory and will start employing some 600 people in the first phase. The most interesting part is that the company is also investing EUR35 million in a new factory in the city of Kraljevo.
The Turkish firm is planning to make seven million pairs of jeans a year. It has already hired 115 local workers and trained them in the art of the textile industry. It is a good sign for the Serbian economy.
In the past few years, the Serbian textile industry has managed to make a mark. The country is known for its consistent and punctual delivery. It is also considered as one of the cost-efficient textile manufacturing hubs in Europe. With favourable trade agreements with the United States, the European Union, and Russia, it has emerged as a preferred destination for textile manufacturing units.
5 Elyaf Group
Among the largest garment manufacturing companies in Turkey, Elyaf Group specializes in woven garment production. Its products are sold to major retailers across Europe. The company has international design departments in Spain and the UK. Its R&D department focuses on designing and developing high quality fabrics.
It has a manufacturing capacity of over 1.5 million pieces per year. It offers a wide range of fabric styles. Almost half of the company’s turnover comes from production for British brands.
Elyaf’s natural dyeing project was developed as a way to reduce the use of synthetic dyes. It uses sustainable materials and is based on the cradle-to-cradle principle. Its fabrics meet the Oekotex 100 Standard Label, which means that they are harmless to human health.
The company also produces jeans, jackets, and children’s clothing. It is a pioneer in recycling. In fact, it is called the ‘world leader in recycling’.
The company has wholly-owned production facilities in Turkey and Serbia. They offer embroidery, screen printing, and production services. They also provide special treatment options on ready garments.
The textile industry in Serbia has a long tradition. It has been one of the main export industries for many years. Since 2005, the sector has shown growth of 71%. Its exports have grown from USD 228 million to USD 853 million. The majority of the exports are traded with EU member countries. The depreciation of the Turkish lira has made it easier for foreign investors to make decisions.
6 Too Fabric
Despite the recent economic setbacks in Serbia, the textile manufacturing market has grown. This growth is attributed to the consistent demand for Serbian textile products. Several European companies have started producing textile in Serbia. This will lead to market growth in the coming years.
The textile and garment units in Serbia contribute 0.7 percent of the turnover in the country. The industry is expected to grow in the next few years, but at a modest rate. This market is fragmented, with 400 to 500 registered companies capable of handling textile processes. The government has been active in attracting foreign investment. It has signed several favourable trade agreements with other countries.
Amongst the major companies in the textile manufacturing market are Esprit, KARDEM, AEM Textile, and Istanbul Tekstil. These manufacturers operate as vertically integrated units and provide complete solutions in the production process. They produce hosiery, casual wear, license wear, and printing solutions.
Esprit is a member of ACT initiative and is committed to the Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL Global Union. It has also signed the Multistakeholder Initiative German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. During its operation, it has been committed to the principles of human rights and social responsibility.
AEM Textile is an apparel and activewear production company. It provides a variety of dyeing, print, and sewing solutions for OEM orders. The company also specializes in specialized printing solutions. It has factories in Serbia and Turkey.
Henry Pham (Pham Quang Anh), CEO of DONY Garment
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