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Common strategy to foster SME internationalisation in the textile and clothing sector in SUDOE territory.

Axis 2: Competitiveness of SMEs
Improving and increasing the internationalisation of SMEs
STATE: Terminado
CODE: SOE1/P2/E0385
Daniel Castejón Llorach


SECTORS: Textiles, clothing and footwear
1 July, 2016
30 June, 2019
RESULTS: 0000-00-00
Ayuntamiento de Igualada (ES)

2. Agrupació catalana del tèxtil i la moda - MODACC ES
3. Asociación de Empresarios Textiles de la Comunidad Valenciana ES
4. Agencia para la Competitividad de la Empresa ES
5. Confederación Industrias Textiles de Galicia - COINTEGA ES
6. ADRAVE - Agência de Desenvolvimento Regional do Vale do Ave PT
7. ATP - Associação Têxtil e Vestuário de Portugal PT
8. Union des Industries Textiles du Sud FR

The SMEs of the textile-clothing sector of south-west Europe are facing common difficulties in internationalising their products: the small size of the companies, little transverse and cross-sectoral cooperation, limited resources, and the difficulty of identifying opportunities on foreign markets. INTERTEX aims to promote the joint internationalisation of the SMEs of the sector as from the creation of a transnational network of public and private cooperation to support internationalisation and the creation of various support tools that are ready to be tested by 150 SMEs.

INTER-TEX is a project to favour the access of international small and medium-sized companies in the textile sector of the Sudoe area. This internationalization is mainly based on cooperation between companies and the creation of an economy of scale.

To achieve its results, initially, the project made a diagnosis of the resources available to support the internationalization of SMEs. Among its main results are:

  • The drafting of a joint internationalization guide for participating SMEs. This document reflects the change in business approach promoted by the project based on “cooperation”, the latter being a combination of competition and cooperation between companies, and support in a public-private network for the internationalization of SMEs.
  • The realization of two international missions: one in Miami, for companies in the fashion-bathroom sector and another in Germany for companies related to the sport and technical fabrics sector. These missions allowed the creation of contacts with distributors and brands through B2B meetings organized by the project.
  • The creation of two business platforms, one in the United States and one in Hong Kong. On these platforms, the projects were accompanied by a person from the country to help them find export and distribution partners and consumers.
  • The group participation of 5 SMEs at the Tokyo Lifestyle international fair through a stand.
  • The participation of 33 brands at 3 virtual fairs: two from the fashion sector and another from the home-fashion sector.
  • The creation of a joint internationalization group in Canada with a temporary showroom in which 4 companies participated.