Interview with Ms Rania Serir – TEXTYLE EXPO Algeria
• first of all let us know more about your exhibition and last year numbers and statistics.
All the subsidiaries and major trades destined for the development of the textile and leather sector meet at the Texstyle-Expo (raw material and semi-finished products, machinery, equipment, design, process and services until the ready-to-wear, shoes, leather goods, household linen and accessories). B2B and B2C meetings will be organized culminating in a comprehensive cycle of professional conferences, the program of which will be diffused in future.
During the last edition which took place in 2020, right before covid, we received 130 exhibitors on a 1740 sqm surface and 7300 professional visitors for the event.
• Why Texstyle show is an important exhibition in Algeria?
Texstyle expo is an important event in Algeria due to the fact that it is unique in its genre and of course due to the importance of the field in the country’s economy. Therefore, we receive exhibitors not only from the private sector but from the public sector as well, only to benefit from how notorious the event is.
• Let us know more about Algeria textile industry in general.
Algerian textile and leather companies, which still resist the multiple constraints linked to the effects of massive imports, hold less than 10% of the Algerian market, the textile and clothing subsidiary which is in the second position after the Agri-food sector, with respect to its importance and strong local consumption and whose needs are in the order of 150 million items annually while the national sector covers only 4% of these needs, and the rest is invaded at 94% by import.
There are hundreds of active textile professionals in Algeria, between raw materials, finished products and machinery, Just like leather, hundreds of Algerian factories specialize in the production and processing of leather with a production capacity of 9 million square feet of bovine leather/per year, which offers services for the outsourcing of bovine skins and goats at any stage of manufacturing and at unbeatable prices. These industries grew 4.2% in the first quarter of 2016 with an increase of 6.5%.
• Where is the main export market for Algerian manufacturers?
Algerian economic operators are looking for ways to revive its sectors which are rich niches which can make big money for Algeria in terms of export and investment.
The most common destination for exports in Algeria is Italy ($3.23B), France ($2.79B), Spain ($2.59B), China ($893M), and South Korea ($804M).