Swiss group CHT Bezema has opened what is thought to be the first bonded warehouse supplying dyes and chemicals to Ethiopia's growing textile and clothing industry.

The facility, which opened last week in Addis Ababa, is being operated by Bezema Dyes & Chemicals and will also offer technical services and support to customers.

Products will be shipped from Switzerland every week, the company told just-style, helping to eliminate local shortages of dyes and chemicals, as well as speeding supply.

The company's products are used in pre-treatment, dyeing, printing, finishing, coating and textile care.

Bezema has also signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI) to set up a training academy for the industry.

The Ethiopian government has been working hard to build investment in the textile and garment industry, and has succeeded in attracting a growing number of overseas companies in the sector, particularly from Turkey, India, China and South Korea.

Major retailers including H&M, Tesco and Primark are also sourcing textiles and clothing from Ethiopia - helping lift exports by 28% to US$84.6m in the 12 months to the end of June.