13 May 2022

Germany discovers Uzbek textiles

An Uzbek delegation consisting of representatives of a number of large manufacturing textile companies is on a visit to Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

As part of the program of the visit, with the assistance of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Berlin, business meetings with major German and European brands are envisaged.

On May 11, the first meeting of Uzbek entrepreneurs with purchasing managers of one of the largest German fashion companies “S.Oliver Bernd Freier GmbH & Co.KG” (annual turnover of more than 1.5 billion euros.), which was founded in 1969 and specializes in the production of clothes, shoes, accessories and perfumes around the world, took place. 

The German side was presented with the potential of the textile industry of Uzbekistan, including the modern achievements of the domestic clothing and knitwear industry and the measures taken to develop the cluster system.

During the meeting, representatives of the enterprises “Bakht Textile” and “Haj-tex Cluster” also held business negotiations with employees of “S.Oliver Bernd Freier GmbH & Co.KG” on the possibility of establishing business cooperation and placing orders for the German company to sew products under the brand name “S .Oliver” in Uzbekistan.

Representatives of the German side highly appreciated the ongoing reforms in the textile industry in Uzbekistan and the measures taken to liberalize the country’s economy. It was emphasized that the lifting of the international boycott of Uzbek cotton and the created favorable conditions for doing business in the country open up great opportunities for German and European companies so that they can consider Uzbekistan as a promising market for dislocating their production lines. Most importantly, there are all the prerequisites for this. Qualified young personnel, high-quality raw materials and relatively low production costs, and government support provided to international investors in the form of various tax and other incentives, also provides a competitive advantage.

Following the meeting, the parties identified the main areas of business cooperation, including the requirements of the German company to contractors, their working conditions and reached an agreement on the preparation by the Uzbek side of specific business proposals to establish a mutually beneficial partnership.

As part of the visit of the Uzbek delegation, meetings are also planned with purchase managers of large German sewing and knitting companies “Dibella”, “Bimeco”, “Florett Textil” and the “Lidl” retail chain, as well as visits to leading German textile machinery manufacturers.