Top 12 African countries for Textile Production

India ITME Society’s most promising International mega exhibition – ITME-AFRICA 2020 is just a few days away. With over 15 Exhibiting countries, 6 Country pavilions, visitors from all aspects of the Textile industry and support from both India and Ethiopian governments and organizations, ITME Africa 2020 is the most promising business event for the international Textile industry. For businesses planning to tap the African market, here is the list of the top 12 African countries (in no particular order) for Textile production in Africa:

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1)  Algeria:

Apart from a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior, Algeria offers a promising infrastructure of 10 factories which are being set up to produce ready-made garments, industrial fibers, denim, knitted & woven fabrics.

2) Angola:

The Textile industry of Angola mostly depends on cotton processing and the farming of cottonseed. The Textile industry has received financial support worth USD 1 billion from the Japanese bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

3) Djibouti:

Djibouti is renowned for its delicate multicolored textiles, which are made into sarong like garments called ‘FUTA’. These garments are sold in the capital’s colourful central market.

4) Egypt:

Textile & Apparel industry is the second largest sector in Egypt, next to Agro, and plays a major role in shaping the Egyptian economy. Cotton cultivated in Egypt has international appreciation for its excellence.

5) Eritrea:

Eritrea became known as a major cotton producer; and the country’s history in textiles made it a perfect partner for Zambaiti Group to form ZA.ER PLC. With production beginning in 1956, it was able to gain a large share of the Ethiopian market. Cotonifico Barattolo quickly became the largest cotton mill in Eritrea. Cotton production grew from 1,836 tons in 1962 to 4000 tons in 1965.

6) Ethiopia:

The total export value of Ethiopia’s textile and apparel industry has had a substantial growth over the last decade, reaching USD 41 million in the fiscal year 2015/16, according to the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI). The Ethiopian government has planned to further boost exports to reach USD 1 billion by 2020. Many international companies such as H&M, Tesco, Gap, Walmart, etc, are now manufacturing or sourcing textile and apparel products from Ethiopia.

7) Kenya:

Kenya’s Textile and apparel industry has earned its reparation in the global market as one of the leading emerging garment suppliers for high-volumes of bulk basis. In 2015, Kenya’s total apparel exports reached USD 380 million.

8) Mozambia:

The textile industry in Mozambique originated with the production of natural fibers, including cotton and sisal, mainly for exports. Its first textile mill – ‘TEXT Africa’ was established in the late 1940s and a modest cotton based textile and clothing industry developed steadily until 1974.

9) Sudan:

Sudan is basically a cotton producing country and hence the textile industry in this country is mainly cotton based. Sudanese cotton is acknowledged to be of good quality and recognized internationally. Currently the demand for blended & synthetic textiles is on the rise not only in Sudan, but also in other African regions.

10) Tanzania:

Cotton production is one of the main factors to drive the industry. Figures also show that the total value of Tanzania’s cotton exports rose by 55% in 2016, reaching USD 46.8 million from USD 30.2 million a year ago. Today Tanzania is also the world’s fourth largest producer of organic cotton.

11) Uganda:

Cotton production in Uganda, East Africa’s second biggest grower of fiber, may climb almost 80 percent as stable global prices and improved weather boost planting, the country’s regulator said.

12) Zimbabwe:

Textile manufacturing was once an important industry in Zimbabwe. But the clothing lines became noncompetitive in the face of cheap imports, which flooded the market. David Whitehead Textiles used to supply most of the country’s fabric, before it was forced to close in 2016. But after receiving a bailout from Zimbabwe’s central bank it has resumed some of its operations.

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