- All these manufacturers fought for recognition and success at domestic and foreign market alone without any support other than inherited know-how and knowledge and creativity of young designers which is our great advantage.
To get to the world market, however, we need incentives and financing, marketing, and the image of the country, not just individual brands, because this is a serious game – Milojevic mentions.
Uros Momirovic, GM at Mona fashion company sees the role of the government increation of environment so that everyone would have a chance to succeed. Hiscompany exports to CEFTA region market, it has fifty retail outlets and employs600 people in textile industry.
He seespenetration to the markets as ‘great challenge’.
- Anyone who thinks of solution and makes a step forward will do a good job –Momirovic says for our portal.
D&G from SerbiaThe figure of 1,800 companies which operate in Serbia in the field of textile, leather and footwear, including nearly 900 in the field of fashion and clothing speaks a lot about textile industry potential for development. Only 15% of this figure, however, produces its own brand, and exports 20% sells goods only in domestic market, while the highest - 65% works for loan operations (additional service jobs).
The latterare the most responsible for the fact that leather and textile industry in 2016generated exports of more than USD 1.1billion so in Serbia, for foreign companies, men`s and women`s clothing, jeans,underwear, socks, sweaters, labor and military uniforms are made. Even theshirts for Dolce & Gabbana are made here!- Although opened factories employ more than 300 people, everything is done for others, so workforce is actually "exported" – Milojevic says. Unlike them, he adds, domestic manufacturers which develop their own brand, export something which is from concept and design, to implementation a 100% Serbian product, and in this way they are exporters of additional value.Growth in loan operations in Serbia is part of a global trend. According to data presented by FACTS, India, China, Italy, Germany and the United States are the biggest players in textile industry. China is expectedly the largest producer and United States is the biggest consumer. Among the countries, China, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are set aside and when it comes to corporations - Nike (USA), Inditex (Spain), Adidas (Germany) and Kering (France). This shows that while some invest in branding, development and design, production is relocated in the most populous countries
According to unofficial information, every other piece of clothing inSerbia is sold at the black market while one of NALED’s researches showed becauseof the gray economy in textile industry, Serbia`s budget annually loses EUR 800m.
- Exports of leather and textiles from Serbia in 2016 amounted to USD1.1 billion
- This is an increase of 13% compared to 2015
- Expected growth in exports in 2017 is 15%
- This sector has 1,800 active companies in Serbia
- 1,200 are small and medium enterprises employing up to 9 workers
- Around 30 companies employ over 250 workers
- In total, this sector employs more than 45,000 people and 100,000 indirectly
- 88% of workforce in Serbian textile industry are women
- Forecasted growth of textile industry by 2025 at the global level is5% per annum
FACTS in figures
- 25 states (including AMC, Artex, Extreme Intimo, Beba kids, Brem, Garmen, IVATEX, Ivkovic, Jasmil, Kika, Leonardo, Luna, Mona, Fashion Studio Click, Đukić, Tib Stil, Stig, Tiffany, Zora sport , Maruska, Snatex, etc)
- Turnover of EUR 50 m - App. EUR 30 m of exports