El Salvador's export promotion agency EXPORTA has launched a workshop to help bolster the textile and apparel industry's manufacturing quality to help better position itself against Chinese competition.

EXPORTA commissioned a study that showed 80 manufacturers showed deficiencies in manufacturing, design, brand positioning, labour training and delivery speed.

"This is preventing El Salvador from competing with countries like China which have a much bigger fixed market share," an EXPORTA official said.

According to EXPORTA, quality improvement has never been more crucial at a time when China and other Asian producers are struggling under soaring wage costs and other manufacturing challenges.

The country's leading textile companies and executives are expected to participate in the workshop to be held in coming days, the official noted.

El Salvador's textiles industry saw apparel exports rise to $8m last year, up from $6.7m in 2009, according to EXPORTA.