The Importance of Quality and Product Design in the New Textile Production Markets by Paula Nogueira, Sónia Oliveira, Maria João Felix and Gilberto Santos* in Trends in Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology
The textile industry has a long tradition in Portugal and is one of its most important sectors. The relocation of production to emerging countries- India, Pakistan and China where manufacturing costs are significantly lower (e.g. labour costs, taxes and transport costs) and governments grant subsidies brings unemployment to countries that previously produced for major international brands. If, on the one hand, in Portugal there are companies where it is possible to make textile production, on the other hand, Portugal has a lack of design of products and own brands. When large brands relocate production, unemployment increases in countries where large brands previously made their production.