European textile employers want to expand Between 150 and 250 recycling centers in the community area over the next eight years. Taking advantage of the last celebration of the macro fair Heimtextile In Frankfurt, Germany, the heads of Euratex announced the results of the first socio-technological study of the project. ReHubswhat is it The target of recycling about 80% of the waste in the sector Through this network of classification and treatment plants with a capacity of up to 100,000 tons. requires one Investment of more than 6,000 million euros among public and private funds, and has the support of EU business groups and clusters, including Spain, and Galician giant Inditex, among the twenty firms that have participated so far. Once the initiative is fully deployed and fully operational, Textile recycling will become its own profitable industry, according to Euratex “With a market of between 6,000 and 8,000 million euros” and “15,000 new direct jobs”.
The first of the facilities will be operated by the Swiss company Texai.d is one of Europe’s largest garment collection and recycling companies. In principle it will work by the end of 2024 We are faced with the task of maturing classification technologies, because those currently available are not very precise in identifying materials. Nothing is known about the rest. Does it make any sense in Galicia? “Yes yes. We must bet on that and do it on Iberian polo. our strategic locationA corner of Europe, but where Portugal and Spain meet”, assures Alberto Rocha, general secretary of the Cointega-Galicia Fashion Textile Cluster. The industry is the leader on the other side of Miño, which has been a preferred destination for transporting the production of the community’s apparel brands over the past two decades. Much has been lost, but there is still industrial musclemore than it seems.
Sales of companies assigned to this job Clothing production in Galicia reaches 1,365m euros in 2021According to the Annual Industrial Products Survey just published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). Unlike in previous editions, this time the analysis includes only “production carried out in establishments located on national territory”. this Made in Galicia It accounts for 44.2% of the garments produced throughout the country. worth about 3,100 million euros. Catalonia’s share is about 25% (768.7 million), while the Community of Valencia is 6.2% (191.8 million); Andalusia 5.4% (165.6 million); and Madrid 4.2% (128.7 million).
The other branch of the fashion industry is textiles.. It is responsible for the production of fibers, fabrics, yarns and other basic materials for designing, making and marketing clothing. In this case, His presence in Galicia is testimony. Turnover was 90 million euros last year, 2.1% of the State’s total amount: 4,398 million. Catalonia and Valencian Community hold 43% and 34% of the market, respectively.
“It seems to us that we have destroyed the industrial fabric, but what is clear is that companies in Galicia maintain a very strong degree of vertical integration and that is probably one of the keys to their success,” says Alberto Rocha. In a time of tremendous uncertainty for the industry due to the disruption caused by the pandemic and the strain of the ecological transition, “The truth is that it will take a turn for where to produce, how to produce and most importantly what products to produce”. “For Galician companies, innovation should be in the product that appeals to their reachable business niche,” says the secretary general of the Galician textile employers association.
According to the data provided by Cointega, there are 264 companies in the industry, considering the two main business lines and the leather and footwear industry. In 2020, when clothing consumption was insufficient due to the pandemic, revenue reached 1.569 million euros. Employment remained close to 9,000 workers. “In the value chain of the textile industry -Indicates the update of the Cointega database-, there is a wide variety of companies with different sizes and types of productsfrom SMEs specializing in one aspect of the value chain to large companies with a high degree of vertical integration”.
Galicia is also the first region for the sale of wood products: 1,219 million euros in 2021, almost two out of every ten euros of industry turnover in Spain. But two big lungs remain feed (7,938 million euros) and automotive (7.805 million). Between the two they bring together 52% of the regional industry turnover.approximately 36,400 million euros.
“It’s called putting all your eggs in one basket. the importance of diversifying productive fabric in case one of the baskets falls” Mary CadavalThe PhD in Economics warns of the challenges facing the world. engine shear and his assistants in Galicia. A sector that is “a very powerful tractor producing top quality work”, here “we have the know-how and tradition” but “the threat of knowing how to adapt to the radical change it is going through and using the tailwinds on our side”. “I’m talking about big investments with Next Generation funds,” says the Galician Economic Forum member.
According to Cadaval, the “displacement” of old sectors on the map of the new economy should not mislead the obsession with finding a place in “new productive sectors that can develop and accompany this growth process”. “Galicia has not only three universities, but also very strong sectors. It could be a pioneer in all bio-activity such as biomedicine, diotechnology or biochemistry – he adds. “One out of every four companies created in Europe has a high value-added and organic field, while this ratio is 15% in Spain and even less in Galicia.”