TEXTILES and APPAREL
The textile industry is rightly considered as the catalyst of the Mauritian industrial revolution. For the past 4 decades, the textile industry has spearheaded the structural transformation of the Mauritian economy to such an extent that this sector has acted as the engine of economic growth, attracting FDI from various countries, creating new employment opportunities, and strengthening the manufacturing base of the economy.
Evolving from a producer of basics in the 70’s to a vertically integrated supplier of high value added, design-led garments, the local textile industry is today geared to face challenges of a liberalized market place by providing flexible solutions adapted to the exact needs of buyers from the world over.
The local textile landscape is made up of a diversified base of manufacturers able to cater for the needs of a wide spectrum of buyers with a wide range of options in terms of price points, volumes and runs. Some of our leading entrepreneurial manufacturers have accumulated enough expertise to invest in additional production units in neighboring countries, transferring knowledge to countries enjoying relatively low labour costs, while providing the right degree of flexibility for our clients.
The regional transfer of Mauritian textile expertise has turned Mauritius into the textile hub of excellence in Southern & Eastern Africa, making our success story a business model that is currently being benchmarked right across Africa. The Mauritian manufacturers have the capability to supply a wide range of textile products at varying price points, with a focus on quality that includes T-shirts, lingerie and loungewear, shirts, sportswear, trousers and denim, children’s wear, pullovers, uniforms and beachwear to name a few. Traditionally, the main export markets for textiles and apparel have been Europe and the US, but during the past few years, exports to the South African market have been constantly increasing.
Our Main Products
Our local manufacturers have the capability to supply a wide range of textile products at varying price points, flexibility on volume of orders and with a focus on quality:
- T-Shirts & Polo Shirts
- Shirts & Suits
- Trousers & Denim
- Children’s Wear
Number of Companies by Sub-Sector (A total of around 225)
- T-Shirts/Polo Shirts: 70
- Shirts / Babywear, Sports & Work wear: 30
- Trousers/Suits/ Fabric Yarn: 48
- Lingerie/Knitwear, Swimwear & Beachwear: 26
- Accessories & Others: 51
Production Capacity for our main Apparels (million pieces);
- T-Shirts : 82
- Shirts: 23
- Trousers : 15
- Pullovers : 6
Our Export Market
Traditionally, the main export markets for apparel have been Europe and the USA but since the last few years our exports to the South African market have been constantly increasing. In 2015, domestic exports to Europe accounts for 40 %, USA: 24% and South Africa: 21%.
In brief, the textile and apparel industry has been the backbone of the Mauritius Export Processing Zone (EPZ). In the early seventies, it started as a very labour intensive. Gradually and up to very recent past, it went through a phase of vertical integration with local spinning and dyeing. The local production respecting eligibility criteria benefitted from preferential access to Europe (Lomé Convention), USA (AGOA), Africa (Comesa, Sadc).
Others: – Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), with reduced tariffs to Scandinavia, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Contribution to GDP = 8.7%
Contribution of the value added for the manufacturing sector = 56%
Contribution of Domestic Exports = 43%
Employment = 45,000
Number of Active Enterprises = 174
Exports: US$ 933 million
Mauritius: More than Just Duty-Free
- Quality, Reliability &Flexibility
- Innovation and Creativity
- Eco friendly & Green Manufacturing
- State of the Art Technology
Some Famous Brands We Manufacture
Calvin Klein, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Guess, Adidas, Levi’s, Puma, Burton, Orchestra, Top Shop, Woolworths, Esprit, Abercrombie, Harrods, Fitch, Truworths, Foschini, Edgars, Cerrutti, Polo Sport, Adidas, Puma, River Island, Promod, Marks & Spencer, Celio, Monsoon.