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Macedonia looks to expand clothing export reach 3 Jan 2014

The Macedonian government has embarked on a new expansion strategy for its textile and clothing sector as it looks to grow its exports to the European Union (EU) and other global markets.

MACEDONIA SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry in brief 20 Oct 2010

Macedonia (correctly known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia due to a dispute with Greece over its name) is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. The country has been independent since 1991, and since December 2005 has been a candidate to join the EU.

ANALYSIS: Macedonian makers eye fast fashion partnerships 23 Mar 2010

With a reputation for small volumes, flexible production, high quality and fast repeat business, Macedonia's apparel makers are an exciting option for European buyers and importers seeking a quick turnaround on their orders - as Leonie Barrie found out on a recent visit.

MACEDONIA: Apparel makers take steps towards full package 23 Mar 2010

Taking the next step up the value chain into full package production is seen as key to helping Macedonia’s apparel industry offset a fall in export orders over the last two years as retailers and importers slashed their buying during the recession.

MACEDONIA: USAID projects help boost apparel industry 23 Mar 2010

Efforts to boost the competitiveness of Macedonia’s apparel industry by ensuring local firms have access to technology and training are being backed by projects such as those funded by US development agency USAID.

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MACEDONIA: Weibo speeds up investment plans 18 Jul 2014

Apparel producer Weibo Group is setting up what it believes will be Europe's largest integrated textile and ready-to-wear industrial zone in the northeast region of Macedonia.

MACEDONIA: Workwear firm VPTEX opens new factory 17 Oct 2013

Dutch workwear supplier Van Puijenbroek Textiel (VPTEX) has opened a new EUR2m (US$2.7m) production facility in Macedonia.

MACEDONIA: Factory visits planned for EU apparel buyers 24 Jan 2011

As many as 25 of Macedonia’s leading apparel manufacturers are expected to open their factories to European buyers in March as part of the third Macedonia - EU Apparel Buyers Weeks.

MACEDONIA: Garment firms working towards full package 20 Oct 2010

The Macedonian Textile Trade Association, USAID, GTZ and some other foreign aid organisations have joined forces to facilitate the shift of Macedonian garment manufacturers from cut-make (CM) to full package.

MACEDONIA: Apparel buyers’ event extended 1 Oct 2010

An opportunity for EU apparel buyers to meet with suppliers in Macedonia and learn why the country should be part of their sourcing strategy, has been extended until the end of October.

MACEDONIA: Industry opens up for EU Apparel Buyers' week 16 Aug 2010

As many as 25 of Macedonia's leading apparel manufacturers are expected to be available for factory visits next month as the industry hosts another EU Apparel Buyers' week.

MACEDONIA: Makers see UK retailers as “a good match” 23 Mar 2010

Apparel for UK retailers including Next and Laura Ashley is already made in Macedonia, but local manufacturers hope their close proximity to the market and focus on fast, flexible production will help bring in more business.

MACEDONIA: Apparel firms seeing signs of recovery 23 Mar 2010

Macedonia’s apparel firms say they are beginning to see the first signs of an upturn in demand as European retailers and importers start to increase orders again as they emerge from recession.

MACEDONIA: Makers eye new deals with EU apparel buyers 2 Mar 2010

Buyers from fashion retailers and brands including Topshop, Monsoon, Triumph and Whistles are among industry executives visiting Macedonia this week to look at opportunities to incorporate local apparel firms into their sourcing networks.

MACEDONIA: Edinstvo to increase output on foreign demand 23 Aug 2006

Ready-to-wear clothing firm Edinstvo plans to push up production by about 10% to 300,000 garments in 2006, according to a company official quoted by SeeNews.