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European Monitor of Industrial Ecosystems


The European textile industrial ecosystem is a major contributor to the European economy, with a turnover of €163 bn and more than 267 000 enterprises located across EU countries. According to Eurostat, the gross value added of the ecosystem in 2019 was around €86.3 bn, accounting for 0.7% of the total EU value added. The textiles manufacturing industry employed 1.6 million people in 2020, but at ecosystem level, it employed around 4 million workers. SMEs are the backbone of the ecosystem and represent over 99.5% of all enterprises and employ 74.4% of the workforce.

The European Monitor of Industrial Ecosystems (EMI) project has produced its first yearly report on the Textiles ecosystem, highlighting data on its progress in terms of its green and digital transition across several dimensions, including industrial performance, environmental impact, technology generation and uptake, start-up trends, investments and funding, and skills.

The data collected and used for this report is also shared in the data package below, relating to the abovementioned dimensions. Wherever possible, the data package allows for time series analyses, as well as comparisons among industrial ecosystems, Member States, and between the EU and other major economies such as the US and China.

Download the report

EMI Textiles industrial ecosystem report.pdf
(3.69 MB - PDF)

Download the data package

EMI Data Package Textiles.xlsx
(4.97 MB - XLSX)