Switzerland’s textiles and clothing industry focuses on the development and manufacture of high-quality products, in both the clothing and home textile segments, as well as in the field of technical textiles. The industry also provides a variety of services. In the past few decades, the world of textiles and clothing has been transformed into a global industry. The Swiss textiles sector comprises numerous small and medium-sized companies that carry out research, development and/or production on site in Switzerland.
In terms of international pricing competition, Switzerland does not stand a chance when it comes to standard products, because of the high costs of Swiss development and production. In the past few decades, Swiss companies have had to find ways to be distinctive and to respond more quickly and be more inventive than their international competitors. Many companies have evolved into globally operating providers of niche products.