Forty years back, the first apparel company was set up in September 1971. This first pull-over making factory was a Hong-Kong based factory.
Since then, the Mauritian Textile & Apparel (T&A) sector navigated against all challenges of times and today has emerged as a high-tech, dynamic, modern, vertically integrated sector.
It proudly constitutes one of the main pillars of the economy, contributing to 50% of total Mauritian exports of goods, and employs 40000 people annually. Its total contribution to the GDP was 3.5% in 2012.
Its success is based on:
Loyalty to buyers
Quick and efficient delivery
Environment Friendly & high social responsibility
A. Overview of the Textile & Clothing (T&C) Sector (2005-2012)
Rs 25 billion
Contribution to total exports
Contribution to the GDP
Employment - Direct
Employment - Indirect
Total No of Firms
B. Products & Production Capacity of the sector (2005-2012)
Woven fabric (Denim & Cotton)
Other Apparel Products
Underwear & Lingerie
C. Export Markets
Mauritius benefits from duty-free and quota-free access to the European markets, USA as well as SADC and COMESA countries and its main countries of exports remain:
Fabrics (Woven & Knitted):
European Countries – (Belgium, France, Netherlands & Italy)
European Countries: (United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany)