Founded in 1940, the British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA) continues to promote the machinery produced by the British textile machinery manufacturers to the world. The non-profit organization acts as a bridge between its members and the textile manufacturers.
The British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA) has an important place in the world textile industry with its historical and economic background. BTMA Director Alan Little says, “Let’s not forget that the BTMA was once itself an innovation. It was set up in 1947 as a shop window for UK textile machinery manufacturers who were trying to resume exporting in difficult post-war conditions. It proved so successful that we are still here, helping to bring together the world’s textile producers and UK textile machinery specialists.”
Many strengths of the UK’s textile machinery manufacturers focus on innovation and the future. Companies are willing to invite new challenges to keep themselves awake, proactive, flexible and responsive to change.
Alan Little states; “To be a good innovator you need to be confident of your ability to make a significant leap and get it right – first time if possible, but certainly to respond very quickly. BTMA member companies have that confidence because they’re used to being leaders in technological development across a wide spread of areas in textile production.”
How BTMA benefit member companies?
BTMA helps textile manufacturers anywhere in the world to find expert UK companies that can meet their production or processing technology requirements
BTMA supports and represents member companies at major international exhibitions and industry events. This offers textile manufacturers further opportunities to contact relevant UK specialist companies. If needed, BTMA personnel will be able to help with introductions, translation, secure meeting rooms etc.
BTMA also promotes the interests of member companies at government level. The evidence of its success is in the statistics – BTMA member export sales have grown year on year, defying trends of decline among other UK machinery exporters.
The key to the success of both BTMA and its member companies is their focus on meeting customer and supply chain needs, even when those needs may be changing rapidly.
UK is the 3rd largest market for ready-to-wear exports for Turkey
With 6.5 billion dollars, the UK is one of the countries that imports the most textile and raw materials in the world.
According to the UK Country Report published by the Istanbul Ready- Wear and Apparel Exporters Association in July 2018, the UK exports are prominently in electrical machines and their parts, machinery and spare parts and components. The USA ranks first in the UK’s exports while Germany first in the UK’s imports. In the list of the UK’s export countries, Turkey is in 12th place with 6.6 billion USD. In the UK’S import countries, Turkey is in 15th place with 9.6 billion USD.
The UK ranked 4th in the world’s ready-wear apparels and ready-wear imports with a share of 5.8% and 26.6 billion USD. The largest ready-wears and apparel supplier in the UK is China with 6.4 billion USD of imports and a share of 23.9%. Turkey is the UK’s 3rd largest supplier with 7.1% share.
Turkey is the UK’s Biggest 4. Textile Supplier
The largest textile supplier in the UK is China with 580 million USD of imports and a share of 14.1%. Turkey is the UK’s 4th largest supplier with 8.1% share and 334 million dollars.
According to the figures, last year, ready-to-wear and apparel exports to the UK was $ 2 billion. The UK has a very important place as the third largest export market with a 12% share in Turkey’s ready-to-wear exports.
In 2018, exports of textiles and raw materials to the UK increased by 11% and reached approximately 450 million dollars.