Kyrgyzstan Center for Textile and Apparel Research


Kyrgyzstan Centre for Textile and Apparel Research (KCTAR) a non profit organisation is put in place to advise the industry and to practically carry out the actions that will develop the industry and implement the strategy. 



->0% duty to Europe and Russia
-> Lower cost than China and substantially lower cost than Turkey
-> 14 days transport to Europe and 6 days to Russia

-> Clean low cost energy through hydro power

-> Quick access to low cost environmentally conscious mills from its neighbour China.

-> Multi product category specialisation for outerwear, tailoring, coats, dresses, blouses, sweaters and fashion jersey

The MISSION for KCTAR is to enable the industry to offer solutions to Brands and Retailers which add true value and enhance fashion retailers and brands capabilities to offer their consumers fashion, great product, newness, the best price at the fastest possible time to market.

​​To deliver consistently on this Mission, the industry needs to adopt and implement several compliance, business efficiency programs and have access to investment capital.


As the starting point of delivering on this commitment each KCTAR member factory signs a sustainability commitment and code of ethics commitment.

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The VISION for KCTAR is to support the industry to be internationally competitive in apparel and textile production for professional Brands and Retailers around the world and as a result create more jobs and increase salaries with the effect of more internal consumption, economic growth and overall country stability.

This vision will be achieved in an ethical and sustainable and environmentally conscious manner with a skilled workforce who will enjoy a high quality of life and high salaries. 

​"I think Kyrgyzstan can be a long term sourcing destination for professional retailers and brands and therefore assist in driving positive change such as create new jobs, increase salaries and improve working conditions. Kyrgyzstan has so many positive aspects unknown to the outside world such as existing skilled labour force, clean energy through hydro power, no child labour, no prison labour and no slave labour. 

Additionally I was encouraged by good initiatives in place already such as USAID’s Business Growth Initiative (BGI) designed to promote positive, sustainable and environmentally conscious change to the Kyrgyzstan economy.

It was also surprising that actual finished costs are competitive, certainly lower than China and in some categories could compete with the likes of Bangladesh and Cambodia . There is definite room for improvement once initiatives are set to source materials, trims and packaging more streamlined and cost effective.  Bordering China makes this task somewhat easier."


Mike Mikkelborg, Chairman KCTAR