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Prospects for the Textile and Apparel Industries in Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia

  • ID: 1488778
  • November 2010
  • Region: Bulgaria, Macedonia
  • 24 Pages
  • Textiles Intelligence

Apparel exporters in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia and other Balkan countries enjoy a number of competitive advantages in the West European market compared with their Asian rivals, including quicker transportation time, lower transportation costs and zero duty on entry to the EU. However, these advantages are counterbalanced by a number of competitive handicaps. This report contains profiles of the textile and apparel industries in Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia. It also analyses the competitiveness and challenges faced by the industries in each of the three countries, and compares the industries’ strengths and weaknesses.

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SUMMARY
COMPETITIVENESS AND CHALLENGES FACED BY THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRIES IN BULGARIA, KOSOVO AND MACEDONIA
COMPARISON OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRIES IN BULGARIA, KOSOVO AND MACEDONIA
Bulgaria
Kosovo
Macedonia
PROFILE OF THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY IN BULGARIA
Structure of the textile and clothing sector and its importance to the national economy
Production systems
Labour costs
Chinese workers: a solution to the labour shortage problem?
Export markets
Inward investment
Quality, brands and price levels
PROFILE OF THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY IN KOSOVO
PROFILE OF THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY IN MACEDONIA
Views of four key representatives of the Textile Trade Association (TTA) of Macedonia

List of tables
Table 1: Labour cost comparison in apparel manufacturing by country and region, June 1, 2010
Table 2: Average productivity in cut and make apparel factories in Eastern Europe, 2010
Table 3: Macedonia: foreign direct investment in the textile and apparel industry, 2005-09
Table 4: Macedonia: employment in the textile and apparel manufacturing industry, 1 qtr 2008-1 qtr 2010
Table 5: Macedonia: apparel exports, 2006-10
Table 6: Macedonia: textile and apparel imports, 2005-09

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