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INDUSTRIAL MARKET 13

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Textile and apparel production in Serbia has a

long standing tradition and for many years has been

one of the main export industries of the country.

Nowadays, around 1800 active companies with

more than 43 000 employees operate in the Serbi-

an textile according to data by the Development

Agency of Serbia (RAS).

In 2014, the export of the textile sector in the

country reached the value of 1,2 billion dollars,

which was a rise of about 8% compared to the pre-

vious year. The textile production and garment in-

dustry generated USD 853 million or 72% of this

export, which represents a rise of 7% in compari-

son to the same period in 2013.

From 2001 to 2014, the growth of exports for the

textile and clothing industry in Serbia rose from

USD 228 million to the staggering USD 853 million,

which represents a growth rate of over 374% in 13

years. Heavy and light garments for all ages, knit-

ted garments, sportswear, jeans, children clothing

and baby equipment, work clothes and uniforms,

underwear, socks, home textiles, carpets, are only

some of the programs for which Serbia’s textile and

clothing manufacturing industry has a significant

production capacity.

Manufacturers of the sector are located through-

out the whole country, but some areas are more

densely occupied and known for big production

volumes. For example Arilje, a town in Western

Serbia in the Zlatibor District, houses the produc-

tion capacities of about 100 companies in the ap-

parel sector, particularly producers of underwear,

T-shirts and sweat suits. The central part of Ser-

bia is more preferred by larger producers of light

and ready-made clothing, while Southern Serbia,

especially Leskovac, Vranje, Pirot, is populated

by many manufacturers of work clothing, pants,

jackets, but also cotton and synthetic yarns. Novi

Pazar, a city and municipality located in South-

west Serbia in the Raska District, has its econo-

my dominated by the apparel industry, which is

specialized in the full package production of den-

im products in large capacities.

Traditionally, Serbian companies provide quality

CM and CMT (Cut-Make-Trim) services, mainly for

well-known brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Patricia

Pepe, Schiesser, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Valentino,

Tommy Hilfiger and many more. This type of coop-

eration dates from Yugoslavian time and is the sim-

plest one – the manufacturer cuts and sews fabrics

following concrete customer specifications. Be-

cause of the great cost-benefit ratio of Serbian man-

ufacturers and reasonable subcontracting costs,

CM/CMT services are still very popular in the

present time and represent one of the most com-

mon forms of cooperation within the Serbian textile

industry.

However, there is an increasingly growing inter-

est by a great number of Serbian companies to ex-

tend their services toward Original Equipment Man-

ufacturing (OEM) and Original Design Manufactur-

ing (ODM), which would include not only the pur-

chasing of raw materials for the customers, but also

the design of the collections for their target groups.

Using data from the database of the Development

Agency of Serbia (RAS) regarding the textile sec-

Textile industry in Serbia

tor, as well as information from each company’s

official website, the current issue of the South-East

European INDUSTRIAL Market magazine presents

a brief overview of some of the prominent players

on the Serbian textile market.

Adanko

Adanko was established in 1986 as a small knit-

ting business which has grown into a medium sized

factory with more than 80 employees. With more

than 30 years of experience, mainly in loan busi-

ness for knitwear fashion brand companies, Adan-

ko is now one of the leading knitting companies in

the Balkans. The factory is equipped with the latest

models of knitting machines. The design patterns

are made of the high quality imported materials like

wool, cotton, acrylic - wool blend, cotton - acrylic

blend, etc.

Due to the modern technology and high quality of

the raw materials, the Adanko Company is export-

ing 99% of its products to Germany, Netherlands,

France, Switzerland, Russia, etc.

“Our company is expanding its program and at

the same time, we are increasing the number of

our business partners from all around the world.

We are always open to new ideas and partners,”

states the company on its website.

Ep-Belt

Ep-Belt is a company established in 1999 with

main activity – the production of technical textile for

conveyor belts. Its production initially started in

March 2000 with just one loom and with 5 employ-

ees. In a short while, Ep-Belt enlarged its capacity

with three additional looms and its own twisting

units. During this time, the production was located

on three places.

In 2004 the company bought a new production

hail where a total of seven looms were installed, as

Source: Ep-Belt

Source: Adanko

Marquardt to create 600 new jobs

in Macedonia

A new factory of the German company Mar-

quardt was officially opened in the industrial zone

Karaslari in Veles, Macedonia. The factory that will

produce high-tech parts for the German automotive

industry (Mercedes, Audi and BMW) has an area of

15 000 sq.m. and already employs 170 of the planned

600 people. The current investment is EUR 25 mil-

lion and is planned to reach over EUR 35 million.

The new plant was opened by the Prime Minis-

ter Nikola Gruevski, the owner of Marquardt Group

Harald Marquardt, the Deputy Prime Minister for

Economic Affairs Vladimir Pesevski, the Minister

for Foreign Investments Vele Samak and the May-

or Slavcho Chadiev. “This is the first major foreign

investment in Veles and in general the first major

factory in 20 years that opens in this city“, the Prime

Minister Gruevski said.

Marquardt Group is a family enterprise head-

quartered in Germany. It is a manufacturer in the

field of electro-mechanical and electronic switches

and switching systems with over 6500 employees

worldwide at 12 locations in nine countries on four

continents.

Source: Invest Macedonia

ESD Bulgaria participated in the

Belgrade Fair for Technical and

Technological achievements

ESD Bulgaria participated in the 61

st

Internation-

al Fair for Technical and Technological achieve-

ments in Belgrade, Serbia, which took place from

May 15

th

to May 19

th

2017. The exhibition empha-

sized on the technology developments under the

theme “Future Tempo“.

At the company booth were presented various

products and services offered by HEIDENHEIN,

which ESD represents in Bulgaria, Serbia, Mace-

donia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Albania. Several

meetings with partners from Serbia and other Bal-

kan countries were held during the event. According

to ESD, well-established as well as new customers

had an interest in the demonstrated products.

“The fair organization was excellent. Almost all of

our current clients visited us, so we can regard our

participation as a successful one. We also made

many new contacts. Compared to similar fairs we

have participated , the Belgrade fair is very well at-

tended.

Source: ESD