The Turkish textile sector aims to strengthen its success in both traditional and emerging markets with its own brands. The positive and strong relations Turkey has been pursuing with the global partners have also been initiated between these countries’ industrialists and exporters. Turkish textile sector provides top quality in several areas ranging from production to promotion, quality standards to marketing. “Success has been achieved by focusing on value added products that highlights design and brand quality as part of Turkey’s export boosting strategy. This success is a result of the hard work of SME’s as well as large, modern and vertically integrated companies which are capable of producing and exporting their own unique collections,” says Ibrahim Burkay, Chairman of the Uludag Textile Exporters Association.
Turkish textiles are extensively used for supplying to the middle and high end segment needs of both the fashion sector and the apparel industry worldwide. This sector is in line with global trends and latest innovations in the world of fashion. Turkish textile sector has established itself as a cornerstone of Turkey’s success story in industrial development and exports. “It has been a critical source for major international labels, ranging from the high-end to countless popular fashion houses as well as design studios and fashion schools around the world. Turkey is the third largest textile exporter to Europe ($8 billion in 2012), the sixth largest apparel exporter in the world ($16 billion in 2012),” said Burkay.
Turkish textile sector’s top five markets are: Russia, Italy, Germany, UK and the US. These are the classical markets of Turkey. “There are no expectations about a change among this ranking. On the other hand it is observed that some emerging markets climbing towards the top ten such as China and Brazil,” sums up Burkay.