Research-based report profiling two leading textile and apparel companies in Mauritius and Madagascar. Ciel Textile is the largest textile and apparel manufacturer, and Groupe Socota the largest fully integrated textile operation in Mauritius and Madagascar.
The report examines their corporate development, structure and business strategies, and assesses their prospects for the future.
Products and markets
Consolidated Fabrics Ltd (CFL)
New Island Clothing
Ciel Textile's presence in Madagascar
Quality control systems
Vision of the future
List of tables
Table 1: CIEL Textile: production by subsidiary company, 2000/01
Table 2: CIEL Textile: turnover by division, 1996/972000/01
Table 3: Floreal Knitwear: company information, 2000/01
Table 4: Floreal Textiles: group development, 19712001
Table 5: Floreal Knitwear: output levels per gauge, 2000/01
Table 6: Tropic Knits: company information, 2000/01
Table 7: Tropic Knits: main markets and customers, 2000/01
Table 8: Aquarelle Clothing: company information, 2000/01
Table 9: Aquarelle Clothing: production capacity, 2000/01
Table 10: Aquarelle Clothing: number of employees by factory, 2000/01
Table 11: Harris Wilson: company information, 2000/01
CIEL Textile is the largest textile and apparel manufacturer in Mauritius and Madagascar. It is also leader in the East Indian Ocean region in men’s, women’s and children’s cut and sew and fully fashioned knitwear, woven shirts, and bottoms. It produces 35 mn units a year from 33 manufacturing bases. CIEL Textile is owned by Consolidated Investments and Enterprises Ltd (CIEL), an investment holding company with diverse interests in the region. In 2001 the group restructured its textile activities into eight business units: weaving (Consolidated Fabrics); shirts (Aquarelle and New Island Clothing); bottoms (Aquarelle); spinning (Ferney Spinning Mills); dyeing (Consolidated Dyeing); fully fashioned knitwear (Floreal); cut and sew knits (Tropic Knits); and retail (Harris Wilson). CIEL Textile says that it is “totally customer driven” and provides “unbeatable value” to medium and upmarket retailers and brands in Europe and the USA.
Groupe Socota is the largest fully integrated textile operation in Mauritius and Madagascar. It also grows half of its own cotton needs, in Madagascar. Its first industrial venture was La Cotonnière d’Antsirabe (Cotona)—a fully integrated spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing unit in Madagascar. Its Mauritian company, Socota Textile Mills (Socota), operates a high-tech weaving, dyeing and finishing mill which supplies garment makers in the island’s export processing zone with fabrics of high added value. Recently, the group established two garment producing companies, Columbia Clothing Company and Cottonline, with joint venture partners.
Currently, Groupe Socota is in the midst of an ambitious expansion plan. By 2005 it aims to become the number one woven fabric producer in the Indian Ocean region.