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Textile & Clothing

Lithuania’s textile and clothing industry, maintaining its centuries-old traditions, today is actively investing in creating unique brands and contemporary design, in effort to develop products with higher added value.  About 1,000 companies and 25,000 employees in the sector.

Lithuania’s textile and clothing sectors are export oriented , but textile manufacturing and clothing production sectors especially . Generally , export share in the total sector’s production volume was 78,2 per cent in 2011 . It has increased from 2 183 million LTL in 2010 to 2 453 million LTL in 2011.

The country’s textiles and apparel articles are exported not only to most European and CIS countries, but also North America and Asia. The main trade partners are Russia, Germany, Denmark, UK, Sweden, France and Italy.  About 50% of the Lithuanian textile exports go to EU countries. Textile exports – mostly linen fabrics and linen home textile – make nearly 36% of the total Lithuanian exports to Italy.

Top 5 export markets

Textile & Clothing

Key production and services branches:

Wearing apparel
Home textile
CM/CMT services

Most of the sewing companies, because of a relatively cheap labour costs and convenient geographical location, switched on a sub-contracting work for the major European and US brands like Next, Laura Ashley, Hugo Boss, H & M, Mark & Spencer, Nike, Decathlon and others. Lithuania had quickly got a name of a flexible and high quality production country.

Today Lithuania is more than just a production source. New companies and business models are filling in the sector and supplementing a traditional sewing and weaving industry with modern and high added value services. Lithuania now is becoming a recognized intelligent supply management and global logistic operator for the North Europe and CIS markets. Many foreign companies have already discovered the benefits of cooperation with our companies.

Industry's key competitive advantages

Quality products
Short production and delivery time
Ability to produce small batches
High technological and linguistic staff competences  and work culture
Relatively low labor costs
Business experience in international (especially Eastern)   markets
Deep industry traditions

The leading companies in textile and clothing sector include Neaustinių medžiagų fabrikas Group, Korelita JSC, UT Group, MLI JSC, Audimas SC, Vernitas SC, Liningas JSC, Linas SC, Omniteksas JSC and Lelija JSC etc 

All sector companies are private.  About 15 percent of companies are owned by foreign capital , mostly dominated by investors from Scandinavian countries.  Some examples: Devold ( Norway), Lietvilna ( France) , Lietlinen ( Italy), Visatex ( Germany), La-Nika Baltic Ltd, LTP Texdan, Engel -Dali , Danspin ( Denmark), Camira Fabrics (UK),  etc.

Contact information

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Lithuanian textile and clothing  sector and/or potential business partners in this field, please contact:

Martyna Milkevičiūtė
Project manager

Enterprise Lithuania
A. Gostauto st. 40A
LT-01112 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 615 11392
Email: m.milkeviciute@enterpriselithuania.com