Marrakesh, Morocco is getting ready to host Maroc in Mode-Maroc Sourcing, the 16th edition of the show taking place on October 11-12, 2018 at Moulay Hassan racetrack.
The show will host about 200 exhibitors from the segments of fast fashion, denim, knitting, tailoring, lingerie, workwear, leather goods, shoes and accessories.
This year’s edition will see the debut of Circular Textile Cluster, a project focused on the development of sustainable production, an issue many Moroccan enterprises are keen about. Involved in this specific project of the show will be Textil Santanderina and Vich Industrial, both from Spain, and Lenzing Group, from Austria. Part of the project is the construction of a spinning mill that processes recycled fibers and a recycling plant in Tangier expected to recycle over one million kilograms of textile waste per year. The entire production chain aims to follow sustainable standards starting from the recycling of textile waste.
Among other novelties, the Moroccan Denim Cluster will participate the show and will present a support program aimed at helping denim companies making all the necessary changes to ensure a more sustainable future. Thirty exhibitors participating the show are members of MDC, which also participates in the Paris textile shows.
An international exhibitor that will debut this edition of the show is Kilim Denim, a Turkish denim manufacturer involved in major investments in sustainable denim production. Among its various past projects was Raw For The Oceans, the innovative denim collection launched by G-Star and made with recycled plastic waste from the sea.
Morocco proudly considers itself as a champion country in fast fashion production. It is also ambitiously focused on pursuing sustainable goals. By 2030 it expects that 52% of the country’s energy needs will be covered by renewable sources.
As part of the Euromed area Morocco boasts stable macroeconomic factors and innovative production and sourcing hubs for the Mediterranean and North Africa. It ranks eighth among textile exporting countries in the EU (+5% year on year), with an economic growth of 4.1% and an increase in exports of 9.4% in 2017. Its most important trading partner is the EU with 70% of exports. The clothing and textile industry is Morocco's export champion as it accounts for 24% of its total exports.