Europeans turn to Mauritian textile factories for their production. That, following the collapse of a building housing garment factories of textile products in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed more than a thousand victims, three weeks ago. Group Texting particular won orders from a German customer, increasing its sales by about 10% this year.
Moreover, says Patrick Lee Chung, Managing Director of Texting , another reason given is that the increase in salaries in Bangladesh has increased the cost of production. " 2013 will be a good year for us. Our books are full of orders, " he says.
The Mauritian group Texto also operates in Madagascar for two years. It employs 1,500 people and this number is expected to increase to 2,000 by the fi of the year. Texto manufactures T-shirts and polo shirts. Approximately 75% of the production of the plant, which is vertically integrated with operations knitting, dyeing and garment is exported to South Africa and 25% to the Old Continent.
The group plans to double its production of T-shirts and polo shirts in Madagascar. Currently, about one million pieces per month, it will gradually increase to two million per month from next year. Patrick Chung Lee is reassuring in the economic and political context of Madagascar.
" Our operations are carried out normally. Despite the presidential elections in July, all is quiet at the moment. "He adds, however, that the group Texting does not mean the intention to relocate on the Big Island. Indeed, it continues to operate in Mauritius despite the expansion of its activities in Madagascar. In Mauritius, Texto employs 600 people and produces 300,000 t-shirts and polo shirts a month with high added value. They export duty free to the United States under the provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act .