SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has completed a major expansion of its textile testing facilities in Tunisia to increase capacity for physical and chemical testing and “vastly” expand its testing volume capacity.
The facilities, which are situated in Tunis, in the heart of Tunisia’s industrial zone, have been expanded in response to growing customer demand, the firm says.
Its textile laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and CPSC approved and, since 2009, SGS has been serving the needs of Tunisia’s domestic clients as well as providing international services for clients from across the globe.
Now with increased capability, SGS says it is fully resourced to support the growing demand from manufacturers and brands needing to comply with international regulations and access global markets, and is best placed to meet the needs of the region’s booming textile industry.
Thanks to its proximity to the EU, Tunisia’s textile industry enjoys a premium position for fast fashion and has been recognised for its strong knowledge in denim, underwear, knitwear, workwear, and swimwear production.
With more than EUR3bn export value, Tunisia is one of the top ten suppliers to the EU’s garment industry. It also exports textile products to the US and Asia.
According to an overview of Tunsia on re:source by just-style, a new online strategic planning tool, although Tunisia is a major supplier of apparel to the EU, social strife underscores the difficulty of doing business in the country.