Interview with Valeria Jekova

Valeria Jekova
Valeria Jekova
Bulgarian Association of Apparel and Textile Producers and Exporters
Bulgarian Association of Apparel and Textile Producers and Exporters

Which new trends and styles are emerging in Bulgaria’s textile and apparel industry?

Talking about customers, in the last four to five years, the companies working in the lower price segment, shifted to China, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, where they succeed to produce large amounts significantly cheaper. Their place in Bulgaria was taken by companies that work in middle and high price level and have high requirements concerning quality, technical level of equipment, qualification of employees.

How does the textile and clothing industry pay attention towards environment?

Having in mind that the textile production is very minor part of this industry, the pollution is not so big issue. More, especially since we have joined the EU, we talk about energy efficiency and saving. The positive thing is that the textile and garment producers in Bulgaria can count on European funding for energy audits, new technologies and modern equipment.

Which are those major export and import countries for Bulgarian T&C industry? Why?

The Bulgarian T&C industry regroups a bit less than 5000 companies and approximately 97,380 employees, which represent five percent of the total number of the employed population and 18, 3 percent of the people employed in industry. The 90 percent of the production made in Bulgaria is designated for export, and 93 percent of it - to EU countries. Our main countries for exports are: Italy – 24 percent, Germany – 23 percent, Greece – 13 percent, France – 9 percent, UK – 4 percent, Spain percent The biggest in export is the share of clothing in the following product categories: suits, sets, jackets, dresses, skirts, trousers. Our main Balkan partners are Greece, Turkey and Romania. Our major Balkan partners are Greece and Turkey, even that in 2011 the import from Greece had a decrease with 7, 8 percent on an annual base. The analyses of the data for the import of textile, knitwear and clothing for 2011 shows quite high concentration in several groups of goods: a trend, similar to the export.
Published on: 07/11/2012

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