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Textile Mill Direct understands and appreciates the vital functions Textile Associations and Federations perform throughout the textile industry. As advocates for their members, they provide a forum for discussion of matters within the common interest of their members and they facilitate the exchange of information and ideas. These organizations keep their members abreast of the latest technologies and services affecting the textile industry and of the ever changing trade laws and tariffs. They are a strong voice for their members, making sure their local and federal governments hear their collective concerns. Finally, Associations and Federations interact with each other, improving and increasing the intercontinental commerce between their memberships.

We are proud to partner with the following organizations in creating a truly worldwide network where manufacturers from different parts of the globe can efficiently and cost effectively sell and buy assets directly from one another. If you are considering joining a Textile Association or Federation, below are some of the most capable and "member focused" organizations we have found around the world. To learn more about any of the below Associations, click on their logos and you will be linked to their websites.

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) is the oldest and most influential Textile Federation in the world. No Federation has more international power or prestige than the ITMF. Its members are associations and other constituted organizations of manufacturers of textiles. There can be only one Member Association from each country. However, ITMF does allow for Associate and Corporate Members.
The African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is a regional trade body formed in June 2005 by the cotton, textile and apparel sectors from across sub-Saharan Africa, to create a unified and recognized voice in both regional and global trade affairs. Currently, ACTIF’s members include textile associations from 17 countries (Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).
La Federación Argentina de Industrias Textiles (FADIT-FITA) is the oldest and largest textile association in Argentina. Since its founding in 1932, FADIT has been faithfully serving the interests of the Argentinean textile industry. Its core focus is to serve the industry in the areas of Economic, Technology, Statistics, Internal Trade, International Trade, Marketing, Labor, Communication and Information.
The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia Limited (TFIA) is the peak industry representative body of Australia's textile, clothing, footwear and fashion industries. Representing the interests of Australia's textile, clothing and footwear industries to Australian and international governments, as well as the wider community, the TFIA welcomes active participation from all domestic suppliers into the development of State and Federal Government policy setting. This encompasses industry policy, environmental policy, trade policy and training and education policy and implementation.
Die Textileindustrie is the premier textile association in Austria. It functions as an advocacy and service center for the entire textile industry in Austria. Known for its cutting edge technology, expertise and hight quality, the Austrian textile industry exports the vast majority of its products to the other countries. Die Textileindustrie focuses much of its effort on keeping Austrian manufacturers at the forefront of textile creativity and technology.
The Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (ABIT) is the largest and most comphrensive textile Association in Brazil. ABIT sponsors companies of every segment in the textile industry: cotton growing, synthetic raw materials, textile fibers, spinning, weaving, knitwear, dyeing, printing and clothing. The ABIT sets the agenda for Brazil's extensive textile industry.
The Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Fibras Artificiais e Sintéticas (ABRAF) was created on November 7, 1968 to represent the producers of manufactured fibers in Brazil. The ABRAF brings together companies involved in the production, processing and marketing of artificial and synthetic fiber. The ABRAF's membership is responsible for almost all of Brazil's production of these fibers. Within its basic principles and goals, the ABRAF has sought to represent, coordinate and promote the interests of the fiber manufacturing industry. It interacts with the public and private sectors and the national and international organizations of textiles. The ABRAF is always seeking to serve the interests of it members as they strive to meet the demands of the global market.
Founded in June 1961, the Instituto Textil de Chile A.G. (INTECH) is a the most comprehensive Association serving Chilean textile industry. It represents producers of yarn, fabrics and various manufacturers of articles for the home, textiles/garments and supplier of raw materials. INTECH is a major constituent of the Society for the Promotion Manufacturers (SOFOFA) and has representation in the Government's ministries; especially CORFO, Pr0-Chile, the Economic Directorate of the Foreign Ministry and the National Customs Service.
Association of Textile-Clothing-Leather Industry (ATOK) is the foremost enterprise association in the Czech Republic´s textile, apparel and leather sector. ATOK is the mouthpiece of Czech producers towards the country´s public and government institutions and organizations abroad. It is an important platform for dialogue and formulation of social attitudes and needs of Czech textile manufacturers an an important point for the establishment of the new business contacts as well as place of the exchange of information on business, economy and technologies. ATOK is the Czech Republics center for processing, providing and exchange of statistical information within the textile, apparel and leather sector and the cooperating partner to the EU-PHARE projects and programmes.
The Egyptian Chamber of Textile Industries (ECTI) was established in 1937 & a member in the international union for textile producers. The main target of its establishment is helping textile industries factories in Egypt & representing them in front of the responsible authorities. It includes more than 3500 members from private, public & the investment sectors. It is the official body for textiles in Egypt. In 1958 an industry organizing law created an organizational link between the Federation and the Ministry of Industry.
The Asociación de Industriales Textiles del Ecuador (A.I.T.E.) was established on September 30, 1943, under the Executive Decision No. 222, by the Republic of Ecuador. The A.I.T.E. was created to unite the textile industry of the Republic in a homogeneous body that represents and solves the issues facing the industry as they relate to the government, employees and the public. This institution serves as the leading forum in Ecuador to discuss and analyze the economic and financial challenges of the country and their impacts on the textile industry.
Industrial Association for Yarns, Fabrics and Technical Textiles (IVGT) is the German textile trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of textile raw materials, yarns, fabrics, house textiles and technical textiles. IVGT members include over 170 of the most prominent companies in the German textile industry and in the field of industrial trading in textile raw materials and textiles. The IVGT represents approximately one third (1/3) of the German textile industry with an annual turnover of over 5 billion Euros.
The Guatemala's Apparel & Textile Industry Commission (VESTEX) is part of the Guatemalan Exporters' Association (AGEXPRONT), which promotes competitive export growth to sustain the economic and social development of Guatemala. VESTEX anticipates and acts to fulfill its members needs related to political and business relationships in the national and international environment. VESTEX has consolidated networking with and among its members. Its divisions include: Governmental Relations, Training and Technical Assistance, Labor Advisory, Promotion and Marketing, Investment and Treaties administration and negotiations.
Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) is the new name of Indian Cotton Mills' Federation (ICMF). ICMF had been established in March 1958 and later incorporated as a company in February 1967. The need for an umbrella organization representing the entire textile chain had been felt by various segments of the industry for quite some time, in order to properly project the potential problems and requirements of the industry in a holistic and comprehensive way - nationally and internationally. ICMF initiated the process of establishing an umbrella organization for the textile industry in August 2000 by broad basing the coverage of its Member Associations to include independent weavers and processors. As of now, CITI includes all the (12) Member Associations of the erstwhile ICMF as regular Members, (8) other industry associations as Associate Members and (7) Corporate Members. Besides this, Chairman of the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil), the Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) and the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), are members to the Committee of CITI on reciprocal basis.
The Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) is the oldest and largest association for textile research & allied industries in all of India. Located in Ahmedabad, the historical capital for textiles in India, ATIRA is a government sponsored, non-profit association for textile research. ATIRA started in 1949, after due recognition by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research division in the Indian Government under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Japan Spinners' Association was founded as the Spinning Alliance Society in October of 1882. It represented the Japanese industry that was the precursor of the modern spinning industry. By 1948, with Japan's rapid advances in spinning technology and production volume, the society reorganized under its present name, Japan Spinners' Association. Since its conception over 100 years, Japan's textile industry has had pride in the companies that comprise Japan Spinners' Association and look to them as the leaders in their industry.
Spinners & Weavers Association of Korea (SWAK) was established on April 2, 1947 to lay the strong foundation for the development of the Korean cotton textile industry. Since then, it has been playing a leading role in boosting the rapid economic growth of our country. Currently representing Korea's nineteen leading manufacturers of a variety of cotton textile products, SWAK is engaged in various activities to enhance the interests of its member mills. Its main functions are: Collect, prepare, maintain and distribute information and statistics regarding the Korean cotton textile industry. Establish plans and strategies to further the development of the Korean cotton textile industry. Promote sales and export of cotton textile products. Collect opinions and requests from the members and make necessary recommendations to the government. Maintain close cooperative relations and exchange information with the textile-related organizations at home and abroad.
Established in 1914, the Cámara Mexicana de la Industria Textil Central is the oldest and one of the largest associations in Mexico. It brings together various associations and institutions working together for the development of the textile sector which include: The National Association of Entrepreneurs Textiles, Legal, IMSS INFONAVIT, Foreign Trade, Group Insurance, The Institute of Textile Technology and finally the EXINTEX Organization - the International Textile Exhibition that has become the best showcase of the Textile and Clothing industry in Latin America.
The Moroccan Association of Textile and Apparel Industries (AMITH) is an important player in the Moroccan economy with more than 850 members. AMITH is institutionalized with an elected structure representing all of the industrial activities, task forces, regional structures and a permanent team. AMITH offers through its many services the ability for Moroccan companies to be present on their conmphrensive internet directories, to seize business opportunities and search for new customers and marketplaces and for their members to meet their recruitment needs.
MODINT is the trade association of Netherlands for fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles in MODINT believes its main task is to strengthen the competitive power of the members and sectors it represents by means of a wide-ranging package of interest promotion and services, with the focus on content and quality. MODINT is active in a great many fields to ensure that its members' interests are protected. The MODINT membership totals over 825 companies, active in the production of and trade in clothing, fashion accessories and interior textiles. They generate a joint annual turnover of EUR 4 billion in the Netherlands and EUR 2.5 billion on export markets.
The Sociedad National de Industrias (SNI) is the largest and the most capable textile association in Peru. Its services to Peru's industry include: Certificates of Origin, Publications, Visaciones Textiles, Visaciones of Confections, Courses and Seminars, Legal Advice, Consulting in Foreign Trade, IEES, Legal Reporting and the Industrial Radar which keeps its members apprised of relevant national and international developments. Consistent with the policy of promoting institutional and industrial development, the SNI responds to the demands of internationalization of the Peruvian industry. It participates in the mechanisms that facilitate the flow of trade between Peru and the world, and seeks to standardize criteria, procedures and processes that reduce administrative delays and reduce cost overruns for Peruvian businesses.
Formed in 1975, the Textile Federation (Texfed) acts as the voice and spokesman for its members on key industry issues in South Africa. Its main focus areas are trade matters and legislative changes that affect the industry. Separate structures have been created to deal with labour and bargaining issues. The Textile Federation is comprised of five Constituent Trade Associations namely: The South African Cotton Textile Manufacturers' Association (SACTMA); The South African Worsted Manufacturers' Trade Association (SAWMTA); The National Fabric Knitters' Trade Association (NFKTA); The South African Technical Textile Manufacturers' Association (SATTMA) and The Fibre Group. Texfed represents the full complement of cotton, wool and worsted yarn and woven fabric textile manufacturers and about 70% of the fabric knitting mills in South Africa.
Asociacion Industrial Textile d Proceso Algodonero (AITPA) serves the Spanish cotton textile industry. AITPA represents the cotton and blend textile industry throughout Spain. Given the prime importance of this sector in Catalonia, it has always been headquartered in Barcelona, in the so-called "House of Cotton", a beautiful 19th century building. Its associated companies produce all kinds of yarns, fabrics and semi-make-ups. Their main markets are made up of knitwear and apparel industries (for yarns and fabrics), small and large distribution operations (linens and decorative textiles) and other industries, such as the automotive, aeronautical, construction and other sectors, technical textiles.
The Fabric and Apparel Accessory Manufacturers Association (FAAMA) was inaugurated on the 15th of September 2003 to promote and foster the interests of the fabric and accessory manufacturers in Sri Lanka. FAAMA consists of 40 member organizations of 'local' manufacturers of fabric and garment accessories like buttons, elastic, hangers, interlining, lace, labels, and molded bra cups and under wires, print impressions, packaging materials, thread, zippers and fabric. In 2003 export of textiles & apparels accounted for 55% of Sri Lanka's export earnings, provided 340,000 jobs and was responsible for 5.3% of GDP.
The Swiss Textile Federation represents and speaks for the Swiss textile and clothing industry. The Federation safeguards the interests of its members by acting as a trusted discussion partner to authorities and professional associations. At the same time, it ensures that political decision-makers and the general public are aware of and able to assess the concerns of the industry. The Federation promotes the public image of the textile and clothing industry by means of suitably focused campaigns. The Swiss Textile Federation is an amalgamation of several trade associations and employer organisations in the textile and clothing industry. Today, the Swiss Textile Federation counts some 220 member companies.
The Thai Textile Manufacturing Association was established on April 11, 1960. It is an umbrella association representing the seven prominent textile associations of Thailand: The Thai Synthetic Fiber Manufacturer's Association, Thai Weaving Industry Association, Association of Thai Textile Bleaching, Dyeing, Printing and Finishing Industries, Thai Garment Manufacturers Association, Thai Silk Association, Thai Textile Merchants Association and The Bobae Garment Association. It is the voice of Thailand's impressive textile industry and a significant influence on the world stage.
Centre Technique du Textile (CETTEX) is the leading textile association in the large textile industry of Tunisia. CETTEX provides it members with strong value in identifying new markets for their products and in improving their competitiveness by advancing their technologies with its renowned expertise. The Tunisian textile and clothing industry occupies an important place in the Tunisian economy and sits atop all other manufacturering industries in their country. Textiles represent 30% of Tunisia's exports. The textile-clothing sector consists of 2079 enterprises and employs close to 204,000 people.
Turkish Textile Employers' Association, founded in 1961, warrants the quality and success of the modern textile industry in Turkey. The employers of Turkey's leading industry are full aware of how economic factors govern all kinds of stability and they work to improve the economy, which in turn improves sustainability. The Turkish Textile Employers' Association strives to enable its members meet the challanges of increasing energy costs, growing demands of the labor force and the concerns of short-term financial arrangements. Today, the Turkish textile and ready-made clothing industry is the engine of the Turkish economy and its contributions have reached over 100 billion dollars in integrated and advanced technology invesment, over 2 million in direct employment, 25% of Turkey's export revenue and 11% of the county's national gross income.

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