Number of textile and clothing manufacturers in the European Union (EU28) 2009-2017

In the European Union, the number of companies in the business of textile and clothing manufacturing has ebbed and flowed over the period of time between 2009 and 2017. In 2017, the total number of textile and clothing manufacturers was recorded as 176,354 in EU28 countries, marking a loss of about 12,000 of them since 2009. In contrast, the turnover figures of the industry demonstrated a consistently positive trend before peaking at 181 billion euros in 2017.  

More emphasis on clothing manufacturing

  The EU textile industry is segmented predominantly into two markets: textiles and clothing. Clothing has a clearly bigger presence with the number of enterprises devoted to this sector, almost double the number of companies that manufacture textiles. Likewise, investments going into different segments of the industry highlights the primacy of clothing to textile manufacturing in EU28.  

Industry employment declines

  Despite the rising turnover and EU investments in the manufacture of textiles, employment in this sector dropped significantly. While in 2009 over 2 million people were employed across all segments, in 2017 this number fell considerably.

Number of textile and clothing manufacturing companies in the European Union (EU28) from 2009 to 2017

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2009 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Estimate by Euratex, based on Euratex member data and Eurostat.
Includes man-made fibres, textile and clothing industries.
Figures prior to 2013 were taken from the most update figures of previous annual reports.

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