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Strengths of the Sector

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The T&A sector is positioned as a cornerstone of the Tunisian industry and keeps a prominent place in the national economy while maintaining a strong contribution to the socio-economic balance of Tunisia. It is divided into six industries as follows :

  • spinning

  • weaving

  • finishing

  • hosiery

  • clothing

  • various industries (accessories...)

Thanks to multiple assets, these activities in Tunisia are increasingly competitive in the region and make the Tunisian site more favourable to foreign direct investment :

  • Geographical proximity to Europe facilitating the just-in-time

  • Good quality level consistent with the requirements of contractors;

  • Short and respected delivery deadlines, high responsiveness to small series and to replenishment ;

  • Competitive production costs ;

  • Skilled human resources and confirmed know-how ;

  • support and training facilities ;

  • Modernization and computerization programme ;

  • Compliance with social and environmental standards.

A Confirmed Know-how and short and respected Deadlines

Tunisian manufacturers are able to supply the European market (and sometimes the Gulf and North African countries) in a few days thanks to a favourable geographical proximity.

A number of Tunisian manufacturers are starting to specialize in certain niche markets that require know-how and high technical skills, such as high end underwear or high technology textile, which is used in the automotive and aviation industries for security or medical purposes.

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Fast Fashion Strategy :

  • Prototyping: 3 days

  • Product manufacture: 3 days ;

  • Production cycle: 3 to 4 days ;

  • Transport lead-time: 3 days ;

A Comprehensive Training System

To maintain the level of competitiveness and command of skills in the Tunisian textile and apparel industry, the Tunisian government implemented an academic and vocational training system covering almost all activities and providing the market with an increasingly specialised know-how :

  • the Higher Institute of Technological Studies-Ksar Hellal (170 graduated technicians in T&A a year);

  • the National School of Engineers of Monastir (ENIM) ;

  • the Higher Institute of Fashion Professions of Monastir (ISMM) ;

  • 11 training centres for specialised workers in T&A ;

  • 8 sectoral training centres for supervisors and technicians in T & A ;

Le MFCPOLE, a definite advantage

Established in 2006, the Competitiveness Cluster-Monastir El Fejja (Governorate of Monastir), called MFCPOLE is a new smart industrial platform for industrial and service companies with a focus on the Textile sector.

The Competitiveness Cluster Monastir El Fejja consists of a technology park in Monastir dedicated to textile and Apparel (including a business incubator, a technological resource centre, a fashion institute), two industrial parks (one in Monastir and another in El Fejja which includes an area dedicated to textile finishing) and a network of partners In'Tex.

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The creation of MFCPOLE falls within a framework of public-private partnership under a double perspective :

  • At the level of development of technology and competitiveness clusters, to create a true culture of innovation particularly through strengthening the competitiveness of textile and apparel industries;

  • At the level of area planning of economic activities in order to develop a new generation of industrial parks in compliance with international standards and offering excellent services;

Technical Textile, a Promising Sector

Technical textiles are one of the promising industries for the textile sector in Tunisia. There are currently 250 companies that manufacture products based on technical textiles.

Nearly 2/3 of these businesses operate in apparel, furnishing, personal protection and sportswear markets.

Moreover, the emergence of activities related to the automotive and aerospace industries and the growing demand in the field of health reflect an evolution in terms of number of companies and volume of Mobiltech markets.

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The current know-how in technical textiles in Tunisia is on the following products :

  • manufacture of protective clothing, uniforms and accessories, gloves and safety vests, etc...

  • linens, tarpaulins and awnings, upholstery fabric and flooring, etc...;

  • airbags, caps, car seats and covers, sailcloth, aircraft seats, pneumatic drive wheels, seat belts, etc.. (named Mobiltech);

  • films and plates, packaging sacks and bags in textile, etc…;

  • work_wear, worksuits, industrial clothes, footed pajamas and ankle guards of elastic hosiery; etc...

  • protective masks, orthopedic implants, surgical salts, splints, braces, bandages, etc…;

  • ski and water sports suits, swimwear, specialized sport suits, etc.;

  • automotive filters, industrial machinery filters, etc... ;

  • fishing nets, ropes, alpha ropes and strings, etc…

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