Mexico’s Quality Textile Manufacturing Industry is Tailored for Market Success
Textile manufacturing in Mexico has been a well-established market for centuries and dates back to the country’s first textile factory in Puebla in 1830. The early textile factories were the start of successful yarn, fabric, and other textile industries in the country. As competencies in textile manufacturing have evolved, the textile market has surged.
With annual textile exports of USD $7 billion per year, Mexico’s textile and apparel industry is now one of the country’s strongest industries.
Given the growth of the automotive, aerospace, and medical device industries in Mexico, demand for technical textiles, industrial fabrics, and specialty apparel has increased. Wage inflation in China and other Asian countries has also made Mexico a top alternative for textile production in recent years. Coupled with proximity to high-demand markets (the United States in particular accounts for over 70 percent of Mexico’s textile exports) and the ability to provide fast turnaround times, textile and apparel manufacturers based in Mexico can create quality products cost-effectively. A textile manufacturer based in Mexico has access to many industry benefits including low production costs, prime industrial locations, and large market opportunities.
With historical growth in the textile industry of 5 to 7 percent per year – which is expected to continue through 2022 – manufacturers seeking a textile production haven for quality fabric, cotton, fiber, yarn, and other textiles have no further to look than Mexico. If you are ready to enter the textile industry in Mexico, we can help you get started with the process today.
Mexico’s Textile Manufacturing Industry by the Numbers
workers are employed in Mexico’s textile manufacturing industry
As of 2020, Mexico's textile and apparel industry employs a remarkable 639,000 textile workers, from cotton farming and fiber production to fabric and finished apparel manufacturing.
of Mexico’s GDP is accounted for by the textile and apparel sector
According to the International Trade Administration (ITA), Mexico’s textile industry accounts for approximately 3 percent of the country’s GDP.
in annual exports of textile and apparel
Mexico exports about USD $7 billion per year in textiles, yarns, and fabrics to destinations around the globe. The United States is by far the country’s largest textile market importer, accounting for over 70 percent of Mexico’s textile exports.
Launch Your Company Confidently with Tetakawi’s Textile Advantage
Whether you’re thinking about manufacturing textiles in Mexico or you have already started the process, Tetakawi can help your company launch, operate, and thrive in the country’s competitive textile manufacturing industry. With over 34 years of experience in the Mexican manufacturing landscape, we’re experienced in getting textile manufacturers up and running smoothly. Our industry services are built on strategy, driven by experience, and tailored to meet your operation’s unique needs. Though we’re the largest shelter services provider in Mexico, our hands-on approach means that you can rely on a trusted partner to guide you through every step of the process of starting your textile business, while keeping things under your control. We offer several types of services and can help you:
- Select the right site for your textile factories and manufacturing business
- Configure legal, organizational, and support processes structures
- Recruit, train, and retain your employees
- Manage all admin functions from finance and accounting to labor and processing textiles through customs
- Keep processes running smoothly from initial launch through ongoing operation
- and so much more – we do the heavy administrative lifting so that your textile team can focus on your competitive advantage: manufacturing quality textiles .
Top FAQs About Textile Manufacturing in Mexico
There are several significant opportunities for manufacturers of textile and apparel products, particularly with fabric production. Some of the best prospects in Mexico's textile industry include manufacturing of:
- Rayon-based synthetic fibers and other artificial fibers
- Fabrics with textured polyester dyes
- Taffeta fabrics with discontinuous dyes made of polyester fibers
- Upholstery fabrics
- Industrial fabrics for the automotive and aerospace industries
- Silk and fine wool fabrics
The wide variety of fabrics and textiles made in Mexico is a large factor contributing to the growth of the textile industry and the number of market opportunities available. The growing opportunities in the textile industry drove several companies to move their operations to the Mexican market. Whether you want to stick with traditional processes like the cotton spinning mill and roller spinning frame or want the latest technology for your facilities, we can help you establish factories that will support your textile needs.
The introduction of USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) has only improved competitive opportunities for Mexico's textile and apparel industry. Under the agreement's "yarn-forward" rule of origin, for an apparel item or textile to qualify for duty-free treatment, each component must be formed within the free trade area. This includes the spinning of the yarn or thread, the weaving or knitting of the fabric, the fabric dyeing process, and final assembly. Given these requirements, Mexico has become an increasingly attractive option for its proximity, ease of entry with shelter services, and low cost of making textiles. By producing textiles in Mexico, your fabrics and yarns can qualify for duty-free processing.
According to the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), 63% of Mexico’s textile industry is concentrated in the central and northeastern parts of the country, with hubs in Puebla, Mexico City, and the states of Mexico, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Jalisco, Queretaro, Coahuila, Sonora, Guanajuato, Nuevo Leon, and San Luis Potosi. Whether you need workers for spinning cotton and dyeing fabrics, resources for managing facilities and controlling waste, or support for any other part of the textile process, these locations have the resources and labor necessary to produce textiles and run a successful textile operation. Each location is an ideal place to open your textile production factories and enter the growing industry.
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