Technical Textiles & Mexico’s Apparel Manufacturing
The complexity of manufacturing leather products has provided Mexico’s maquiladora workers with a skilled cut-and-sew labor pool, which is now benefiting the apparel and garment industry. There has also been an increase in demand for the production of technical textiles like filters, car seat fabrics, air bags, etc. From specialty and industrial fabrics used in automobile manufacturing to medical textiles and protective apparel, Mexico’s apparel industry has been able to adapt and successfully serve these markets.
Geographical Advantage of Textile & Apparel Manufacturing in Mexico
In addition, Mexico’s proximity to the United States can enable clothing manufacturers to reduce inventories and offer their customers a higher mix of products that can be delivered almost on demand. Another competitive advantage is Mexico’s ability for fast turnaround times and high-quality garment production adds to allows them to enter a greater range of fashion markets in the global apparel industry while still satisfying mass production means.
Because Mexico has treaties and trade agreements with many countries around the world, another benefit to partnering with apparel manufacturers in Mexico is the ability to import raw materials from around the world, often times without duties or tariffs. Once converted into a finished product, these goods can often be imported into the United States under NAFTA in same manner.
If you are a manufacturer exploring apparel production in Mexico, please contact NAPS for information on our Administration and Compliance Management Program.