Sector of textile processing industry

Although the textile sector in the past was one of the priority sectors immediately after the sector of mines and minerals, after the ‘90s, this sector declined drastically and lost markets which it covered before these years, which means that they are not competitive with companies from the countries of the region. A large number of companies in this sector are established by employees of former state enterprises and are micro and mid-sized companies so that their orientation is to meet the requirements of local customers. Since 2012 efforts have been made to consolidate this sector by the government institutions as well as the donor institutions, by considering this as a main advantage for opening new jobs for the local population and the interest of foreign investors to invest in this sector.

According to the TAK database, during 2013, 182 active enterprises were registered in Kosovo under codes 17, 18 and 19 of NACE Rev. 1. These include active enterprises in the textile production, garment production, leather processing and manufacture of leather products. Slightly more than half of these enterprises are engaged in production of garment, followed by textile manufacturers (36%), while only 10% of companies deal with the manufacturing of leather products (Figure 1). The review of the number of companies owned by women (or their partial ownership), suggests that such companies mainly focus on the production of garment (64%), and less in manufacturing of textile (29%) and leather (7%).

Figure 1: Distribution of enterprises by the main activity

Similar to the statement of the entire private sector in Kosovo, most of the 182 active enterprises in 2013 were micro enterprises.

Figure 2: Distribution of enterprises by size