Created on 8 April 1957 the Associação Brasileira da Indústria Textil e Confecção (Brazilian Textile Industry Association) represents the merger of the Brazilian textile sector. It consists of more than 30 thousand companies. ABIT promotes all parts of the textile industry, from cotton growing, synthetic raw materials, fibbers, yarns, knitwear, dyers, printers and even garment manufacturers. Its objective is to support the sustained development of the Brazilian textile industry, protect its interests besides informing the public in general about its activities. It meets with representatives from the whole of the Brazilian textile industry of Brazil and actively works to promote the sector creating working sponsoring and support partnerships between the textile industry and fashion designers. ABIT supports Brazilian designers and fashion events, such as the Fashion Weeks of Rio and São Paulo and Rio Summer, gives awards to businesses and fashion professionals to honour their successful accomplishments.
It also seeks to increase exports. In 2001 with APEX’s support ABIT launched a label to promote Brazilian textiles abroad: Texbrasil. One of Texbrasil’s duties is to develop strategic export programs to encourage Brazilian businessmen to enter markets abroad with confidence and reassurance. Today, the export strategy developed by Texbrasil acts as a reference for APEX. ABIT has developed special programs for people to study and gain professional qualification. Among other things it also supports social and environmental programs.