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Innovative Activity in the Small Business Sector of the Textile and Clothing Industry

General problems of the fibre and textile industries


  • Stanisławski Robert
    Department of European Integration and International Marketing, Faculty of Organization and Managementme, Technical University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
  • Olczak Artur (j/w)

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The current situation of the textile and clothing industry in the European Union is still quite difficult. For the most part, it is the result of the expansive development of the Asian industry. The European Union undertakes actions to lead to modernization of the SME sector in the field of production and the implementation of new technologies. In spite of large pressure on the side of European Commission ( it deals with the improvement of innovation position all enterprises in textile industries), above the half of the enterprises are not interested in financing and developing their innovativeness in Poland. Our country is at the „grey” end on the background of other European countries. This also relates to the R+D activity which is led by only 13% SME in the textile industry (for the comparison: Germany and Italian - 70%). There are many existing barriers and „external” threats, which are the direct reason of the bad situation in Poland (confirmed by own research). It can be resulted in deterioration of the conditions of the functioning this industry in the international arena and decreasing of its competitiveness. In the case of Poland (at the current level of innovative development), it spells a decrease in the number of the few companies left. Therefore, it nnecessary seems now, the creation substantial instruments supporting the innovative development of this industry in the several next years.

Tags: textile and clothing industry, innovativeness of SME sector, competitiveness of SME sector, support of SME sector.

Citation: Stanisławski R., Olczak A.; Innovative Activity in the Small Business Sector of the Textile and Clothing Industry. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2010, Vol. 18, No. 1 (78) pp. 13-16.

Published in issue no 1 (78) / 2010, pages 13–16.


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