Portuguese textile association encourages partnerships for Chinese market

19 December 2005

Porto, Portugal, 19 Dec – Portuguese textile companies that want to do business with China should set up partnerships and expect results in the long term by selling their own brands, the sector’s main association has said.

This was one of the main conclusions of a working meeting of textile association ANIVEC/APIV, in which the results of a business mission to China were discussed, the association said.

According to José Ribeiro, of the association’s board, “it is essential to understand that the right path is to grow with China and not at its cost,” which implied knowledge of the market and having partners in it.

The 10-day mission set up by the association visited Beijing, Ningbo,
Shanghai, Shenzen and Hong Kong, and took 12 businesspeople to distribution warehouses, shopping malls and markets, factories, local associations, as well as the Ningbo Fashion Festival, one of the country’s most important fashion events.

According to ANIVEC/APIV, the aims of the mission were to analyze the profile of the end user, identify potential customers and suppliers and contact and visit local industries.

Portuguese companies Irsil, Sonicarla, Ernestino Miranda, Summavielle e Amorim, Marfel, Olmac and Chapuis & Alves were part of the business mission. (macauhub)