Investment in Textiles,
Apparel and Garments

Investment in Fashion System

Textiles and apparel in Colombia is a blossoming industry with more than 100 years of experience and a consolidated production chain. The sector represents 7.5% of the manufacturing GDP, and 3% of total national GDP. It represents 5% of the country’s exports. DANE, 2015
  • It is a priority sector driven by the Productive Transformation Program, which is a public-private partnership that works towards the consolidation of the Colombian fashion system as a World Class Industry.
  • In the past decade apparel sales have grown 9.9% CAGR reaching a market value of USD 6.832 in 2014. Colombia is the the third market with the highest growth rate for this sector. Euromonitor International 2015.
  • A growing demand for textiles. Textile imports have grown 15% between 2010 and 2014 to supply growing requirements of the local market and a growing apparel industry interested in exporting towards the United States, México and Ecuador. DIAN 2015.
  • A business network composed of more than 450 textile producers and 10.000 confectionary units. INEXMODA
  • In 2014 the sector employed nearly 94.506 people, and it contributes with 14% of total industrial employment.
  • The sector has an excellent network of agencies stablished for the sector such as The Textiles and Clothing Cluster, The National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), Inexmoda , ProColombia , PTP , The National Training Service (SENA) , among others.
  • The National Training Service (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje – SENA) offers free training to companies and workers. It currently has more than 26 specialized programs for the textile and clothing sector with national coverage.

These are some of the reasons for investing in the Fashion sector. We invite you to find out in detail more reasons to develop investment projects in Colombia.


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Investment Opportunities

  • Establish textile production units to supply the growing apparel industry and replace textile imports, which have increased at a rate of over 30% in the last 10 years, and therefore, meet the requirements of the local market.
  • Establish logistics distribution centers to Latin America and the Caribbean that take advantage of the country's strategic location and trade agreements.


Learn about the main regions that offer investment opportunities for the Fashion sector:

Success Stories

  • Kaltex, México: Purchased part of the shares of the Colombian manufacturer Coltejer.
  • Coats, United Kingdom: For over fifty years this company has operated in Colombia under the name of Coats Cadena in the city of Pereira, Risaralda.
  • Polymer Group, USA: Established a production plant in the Pacific Free Trade Zone in Cali, Valle del Cauca.
  • ParkDale Mills, USA: Is now operating in Colombia with Colombiana de Hilados Corporation, with a production plant located in the Rionegro Free Trade Zone in Antioquia. It has the capacity for Open End, Woven Cotton and Brushed Cotton threads.

Source: Main Dailies and news papers.

These are only some of the reasons to invest in the Fashion sector, we invite you to learn in detail about these and more reasons to make Colombia the destination for your projects.


Investment Specialist:
German Ríos

Carolina Hoyos

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