TESTEX is pleased to announce the opening of its office in Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia and third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Nicknamed the Rain City, it is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse and one of the largest industrial centers in the country.
Moreover, Vancouver is already the greenest city in Canada, and an industry-recognized frontrunner in green development. On its way to world eco-domination, Vancouver has reached significant milestones and created environmentally friendly alternatives for nearly every facet of residents' lifestyles. It is also interesting to note that Greenpeace, known across the globe for exposing environmental problems and brainstorming solutions to ensure a green future, was founded in Vancouver as well.
The Canadian economy has grown in parallel to that of the American, and the two have been very large trading partners to each other. In fact the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States forms the largest trading area in the world, embracing the 450 million people of these three North American countries.
The apparel and textile industries have long been an important feature in the economy of Canada, which has also remained a relatively open market for textile and clothing imports from developed and developing nations.
In recent years, "shop green" has been an initiative that prevails in the retailing industries, and Vancouver is home to a number of stores and brands that produce and sell environmentally friendly products e.g. active wear and shoes. The Eco Fashion Week held in this April, Vancouver, has been a great success in inspiring and encouraging this green movement.
With a long history in textile testing and many years of experience in certifications, TESTEX believes there are great opportunities in Canada for its contribution and participation.
In times when the textiles and apparel sectors in Canada have been attempting to shift to niche markets and specialized market opportunities (e.g. on green products), and the apparel global value chains are undergoing restructuring and consolidation to meet challenges in sustainability issues (esp. social and environmental aspects), services like Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for textile items, and the new certification for sustainable textile production STeP by Oeko-Tex , will be ready to give answers long awaited by the manufacturing and retailing industries in the world's second-largest country.
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