VDMA: Successful Textile Machinery Symposium in Colombia
Frankfurt, 8 August 2017 – In July, seven VDMA member companies presented their technologies to the representatives of the Colombian textile industry. More than 100 Colombian textile manufacturers used thesymposia in Bogotá und Medellínas an opportunity to gain first-hand information about German Technology.
The VDMA member companies Trützschler, Groz-Beckert, AUTEFA Solutions Germany, BrücknerTrockentechnik, Mahlo, Interspare and Saueressigparticipated in the business delegation triporganised by the German-Colombian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and actively supported by the VDMA. All the companies could establish contacts with potential customers and representations and even partially conclude orders.
Furthermore, the visits to the two large multi-level textile manufacturers Artextil (design, textile printing, finishing) and FABRICATO (spinning, weaving preparation, weaving, finishing) provided insights on the state of the Colombian textile and apparel sector.
Currently, the Colombian textile industryemploys 114,322 people, contributing 6.5 per cent to the gross domestic product of the country.In addition to the import surplus of almost USD 1.2 billion, the Colombian textile and apparel sector is struggling primarily against illegal imports from Asia, which arecountered by the government. The import of textile raw materials should be reducedthrough local productionwith the goal to increase quality, productivity and ultimately also export.In 2016, the export ratio was a mere 15 per cent. The security situation in the country has improved in recent years.