Mauritian manufacturers showcase high-value added products in the UK
A high level delegation of Mauritian manufacturers of textile and apparel will showcase ‘Made with Care’ products from Mauritius at the Hilton London Olympia from 25 to 26 May 2016. The delegation of over 20 leading manufacturers of garments who are regular exporters to Europe, USA and Africa will be led by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Ashit Kumar Gungah, accompanied by Mr Arvind Radhakrishna, CEO of Enterprise Mauritius, and Mr Yusuf Salehmohamed, Chairman of Enterprise Mauritius.
The main objective of the Buyers Sellers Meetings is to promote Mauritius as a reliable and preferred sourcing destination for quality products. The quality of Mauritian products and adherence to international norms are known to all major UK retailers, who have been sourcing from Mauritius for the past 40 years. The Buyers Sellers Meetings represent an excellent opportunity for UK buyers to assess first-hand the ‘Made in Mauritius’ label and to forge business partnerships with Mauritian enterprises.
The products promoted range from shirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, sweat shirts, jeans wear, denim fabrics, light knitted garments, kids wear, pullovers and cardigans, men’s underwear, fine knits for ladies, casual wear, beachwear, swimwear, and made to measure suits. Mauritius is a well-known exporter to major UK retailers such as Harrods, Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer, Next, and River Island and has earned a good name for timely supply of quality apparel products over the last 40 years.
Top manufacturers involved in the event include the likes of RT Knits Ltd, CIEL Group, and FM Group. RT Knits Ltd is the pioneer manufacturing company in the 1970’s that manufactures a wide range of fine knits, T shirts, sweatshirts, Polo shirts, and others with high added value and laying much emphasis on eco-friendly products. As for CIEL Group, it is one of the most well established companies in Mauritius that serves a number of sectors and which includes manufacture of shirts, knitwear, fine knits, yarns and fabrics. FM Group is a vertically integrated company that manufactures jeans for a number of American brands, such as Levis, J.C penny, J crew, among others.
A Trade and Business relationship of more than 100 years
Mauritius has a trade and business relationship for more than 100 years with the UK. Considered as the catalyst of the Mauritian industrial revolution, the textile industry has spearheaded the structural transformation of the Mauritian economy. In 2015, exports from Mauritius to the United Kingdom amounted to over Rs 10 billion, of which textile and apparel products represent Rs 6.1 billion. It is to be noted that 21% of all textile & apparel exports from Mauritius are towards the United Kingdom.
Enterprise Mauritius CEO, Mr Arvind Radhakrishna stresses that the UK has been a major market for Mauritius for the past 40 years, with export figures amounting to over Rs 10 billion in 2015. ‘The interest to do business with UK buyers is very strong from Mauritian producers of quality textiles & apparel products. British retailers have been sourcing from Mauritius due to short lead times, flexible orders, compliance with international norms & standards, and continuous investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities’, he said.
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