The textile and clothing industry of Central Portugal is an important part of the country's economy, with the potential to contribute to a successful manufacturing export drive. The industry must, however, modernize in order to withstand the internationalization of production, pressure from the newly-industrializing countries, and competition from the European Community after 1992. Portugal has the advantage of very low wage levels and a privileged location within the EC, but many of her small family-owned textile and clothing firms face problems of physical isolation, inadequate finance, inferior quality and design, few international links and a lack of awareness of international issues. Nevertheless, through official promotion of Portuguese exports, a switch to branded fashion wear, improved skills, better management, easier credit and the use of European Community funds, the textile and clothing industry could open up a new regional development path in Portugal.
|Issue number||1 & 2|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|