The clothing sector is one of Bulgaria’s most competitive industries thanks to its world-class quality, modern sewing technology, and low production costs. Though the revenue generated from the Bulgarian clothing sector declined in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this sector has performed exceptionally well in the previous years. Moreover, the clothing industry employs nearly 150, 000 people in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is a hotspot for manufacturing all kinds of clothing for men, women, and children. Clothing manufacturers in Bulgaria make everything from outerwear and underwear to activewear and swimwear. Being one of the leading producers of garments and textile, it is easy to see why Bulgaria is a hotspot for clothing production.
Major cities in Bulgaria such as Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Ruse, Yambol, and Pernik have the most number of clothing manufacturers.
Clothing manufacturing in Bulgaria is no longer a labor-intensive process as it used to be in the past. Various aspects of the clothing production process have been automated, thereby improving efficiency, minimizing fabric waste, and cutting down production costs. Today, manufacturers can make many different types of clothing without paying hundreds of workers to sit at sewing machines. Automation is expected to continue as the world advances in terms of technology.
Bulgaria is undeniably one of the best countries to produce clothing. The country has long-lasting traditions in clothing manufacturing and their workforce are familiar with machinery and modern technologies. With Bulgaria’s entry into the European Union, foreign clothing firms have benefited from lower administrative costs and duties. Besides, Bulgaria borders Turkey, which is a leading supplier of raw materials. Companies that prefer getting their raw materials from Turkey will have an added advantage by setting base in Bulgaria. Also, the average wage in the clothing industry is quite reasonable for companies looking to cut down production costs.