The textile and clothing industry is positioned as one of the leading sectors worldwide, being made up of large companies in the international market.
Thus, it is a sector with a high capacity to adapt to both the environment and the market, currently presenting a positive growth trend.
The textile sector
The textile and clothing sector covers a wide range of productive activities including footwear and leather goods; clothing; leather tanning; textile finishing; and spinning and weaving. All these areas include design processes designed to optimize the use, value and appearance of products, through the choice of materials, mechanisms, shapes, colors and finishes.
The Spanish textile sector operates within a strong international competition, which puts its figures in check. However, the quality of Spanish products has its own identity and favors the strengthening of this sector, which over the years has demonstrated its great capacity to reinvent itself and adapt to new times.
Exports to countries such as Morocco, France, Portugal, Italy and Germany are one of the strengths of this sector. As for domestic consumption, this depends very much on economic flows. Nevertheless, textiles continue to be one of the major industrial sectors in Spain, with a contribution to GDP that is greater than that of the entire primary sector as a whole. This is due to the quality of the processes and the professionalism of the members of the sector, who always take into account the characteristics and needs of the customers, safety, distribution, use and maintenance of the products.
The textile and clothing industry is making steady progress towards ecological transition and industrial digitalization. For some time now, Spanish brands have been bringing out new products that are more respectful of the environment, made from raw materials that are also sustainable and through production processes with a low carbon footprint in the atmosphere.
End buyers are increasingly demanding the origin of clothes and professionals in the sector have been able to detect this in time. For this reason, they have adapted to new trends by organising themselves to respond to society's demands for traceability, transparency and sustainability through an environmental legal framework that takes into account dumping, chemical product management, emissions and waste.
One of the great challenges in terms of sustainability is the creation of vegan products; that is, products that are not made with materials of animal origin. This is a trend that is increasingly based on the values of social responsibility, and in this respect textiles have already begun to make shoes without leather, sweaters without wool and coats without fur, and have instead introduced synthetic or plant-based materials, which are just as resistant and appropriate.
The main challenge of the textile sector, as of any other, is to integrate the technologies to develop the activity of the productive chain and for the processing of garments and textiles, as well as footwear and leather goods, the point of differentiation of the Spanish market. The demands of the market mean that the sector adapts its ways of doing things to new technologies in order to achieve greater efficiency and flexibility and thus become more competitive.
In this sense, production in proximity, industry 4.0, big data, quality in all areas, sustainability and technology at the point of sale must be concepts that all professionals integrate into their ways of doing and thinking. The textile sector has a long tradition which it must continue to maintain while adapting to new market challenges.
Textile fairs at IFEMA
At IFEMA we are passionate about textile fashion and that is why we present the clothing fair par excellence, the Momad, International Textile and Accessories Exhibition. We also have in our calendar fairs like the mythical Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBMFW), Spanish fashion show; and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Ibiza, The great cruise collection catwalk in Spain.
In addition, you can also find other fairs such as 1001 Weddings, Products and Services Hall for Celebrations. All of them are designed for companies to expand their business portfolios and their contacts and for end consumers to be up to date with the trends and innovations in the sector.