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A Difficult Time for Central Portugal's Textile Industry: Depression or Recovery on the Road to International Production?

Eaton, Martin (1990) A Difficult Time for Central Portugal's Textile Industry: Depression or Recovery on the Road to International Production? Iberian Studies, 19 (1 & 2). pp. 95-112. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The textile and clothing industry of Central Portugal is an important part of the country's economy, with the potential to contribute to a successful manufacturing export drive. The industry must, however, modernize in order to withstand the internationalization of production, pressure from the newly-industrializing countries, and competition from the European Community after 1992. Portugal has the advantage of very low wage levels and a privileged location within the EC, but many of her small family-owned textile and clothing firms face problems of physical isolation, inadequate finance, inferior quality and design, few international links and a lack of awareness of international issues. Nevertheless, through official promotion of Portuguese exports, a switch to branded fashion wear, improved skills, better management, easier credit and the use of European Community funds, the textile and clothing industry could open up a new regional development path in Portugal.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:30127
Deposited By: Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:20 Oct 2014 14:46
Last Modified:20 Oct 2014 14:46

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