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Textile and clothing

COLOMBIA INVESTMENT SUMMIT 2020- Textile and clothing
  • In 2021, the textile and clothing sector represented 7.7% of the industrial GDP, generating more than 610.000 jobs, this is 2.5% at the national level. The industry stands out because it touches different sectors of the economy, from agriculture to marketing.
  • The sector has acquired specialization and recognition by exporting products with higher added value. Colombia is the fourth exporter of clothing and seventh of textiles in Latin America. In 2020, more than 1.300 companies exported products worth USD 10.000 or more to more than 100 countries.
  • Colombia has a robust business cluster in the sector of more than 17.000 companies, mostly micro-companies, and SMEs, with a qualified, specialized and internationally recognized workforce.
  • The industry has a diversified product offering, which is well-known for its high-quality dressmaking, fine jewelry and fashion jewelry, textiles and supplies, leather and leather products, and footwear and footwear materials.
  • Colombia offers unique designs at the forefront of global trends, incorporating contemporary designs with artisanal techniques, ethnically inspired garments, and much more. The Colombian fashion industry is innovative and has made progress in the production of garments with functional features, such as high UV protection, breathability, and quick dry fabrics.
  • Colombia stands out as the 1st exporter of shapewear and control clothing in the Americas and the 2nd worldwide, the leading exporter of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted in South America. Furthermore, it is the 1st country in Latin America in ethical practices and sustainable development, and the 2nd country in Latin America in social responsibility.
  • Colombian companies offer a flexible production to adjust to customer requirements, providing a designer option and a full-package service, adjusting the order size to meet the customer’s needs, and quickly responding to resupply orders.
  • The presence of experienced and traditional textile companies with steady development and production capacity, offer an ideal platform for the manufacturing process and a vertically integrated industry. The sector presents investment opportunities in cotton yarns and fabrics and production facilities of raw materials, synthetic and artificial filaments.