The textile and apparel industry is the driving force of the Turkish economy with its export share of 35% in our country, 11% in employment, 10% in GDP and 25% in total industrial investments in our country. According to the data announced in 2017, the Turkish textile industry is in the 6th place in exports with more than 50,000 workplaces and a total of 2,5 million employees. As the world’s 7th largest textile manufacturer, Turkey is currently the 2nd biggest supplier for the EU countries.
TURKEY IS THE 4TH BIGGEST BUYER IN THE TEXTILE MACHINERY INDUSTRY
The Turkish textile producers resorts to importing machinery and technologies for their investments when domestic production does not meet the demands. The figures for 2018 Textile Machinery import indicate this. Indeed, Turkey has made 750 million dollars of exports in comparison to the textile machinery investments of 1.9 billion dollars in 2018.
According to 2018 data; the global textile machinery exports reached 27.5 billion dollars. Turkey ranks as the 4th largest importer. TEMSAD (Textile Machinery and Accessories Industrialists` Association) Chairman Adil Nalbant said, “Our textile machinery investments reach 2 billion dollars. Some of them are machines not manufactured or at least partly manufactured in Turkey.”
According to TURKSTAT (Turkish Statistical Instıtute) records, 523.2 million dollars out of 1.9 billion dollars of textile machinery imported in 2018 was for the machinery used in preparation of yarns and fibers. Weaving machines ranks as the 2nd with 316.9 million dollars, and the 3rd is the flat and circular knitting machines with 316.1 million dollars.
The 4th most imported machinery group has been the machines used in textile finishing. Imports of machinery in this group reached 273.6 million dollars in 2018.
TURKEY RANKS 2nd AFTER CHINA IN IMPORTS OF YARN MACHINERY
In 2018, “Machinery for preparation of fibers and yarns” was imported amounting to 3.437 billion dollars. Turkey ranks 2nd after China with 333 million dollars of imports. Turkey ranks the 5th with 275 million dollars in imports of knitting machines, and ranks the 3rd with 245 million dollars for weaving machines, and ranks the 10th in imports of dyeing and finishing machines with 202 million dollars.
TURKISH TEXTILE FINISHING INDUSTRY PLAYS TO WORLD LEADERSHIP
The textile finishing industry, the leading sector in Turkish textiles, plays to world leadership with 600 factories, know-how, production capacity and quality of knitted fabrics made of cotton and viscose fibers called natural fibers. Turkey invests 200-250 million dollars in finishing machines every year.
Vehbi Canpolat, Chairman of Migiboy Tekstil and President of TTTSD (Turkish Textile Dyeing and Finishing Industrialists Association) said, “When we say ‘The textile finishing sector in Turkey is playing to world leadership’ we don’t say it for nothing. In the global market, Turkey is the best place for finishing of the knitted fabrics made of cotton and viscose, which we call natural fibers. We have experience in this area. If you ask me about capacity, I can say that we are the 3rd country with 600 factories after China and India.”
INVESTMENTS IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY CONTINUES AT FULL SPEED
Breaking records for the entire Republican history in textile exports in 2018, Turkey continues investments at full speed to achieve the export targets in 2019. Many domestic and foreign companies contribute to the country’s economy with exports and investments they make in Turkey. One of those companies is Gama Recycle. Having the world’s largest recyclable yarn capacity, the company will transform approximately 6,000 tons of plastic bottles into polyester fibers per month by the end of 2019.
Entering the textile industry with garment retails in and around Elazığ about 50 years ago, Migiboy Tekstil aims to grow three times in the next 5 years. The company will build a factory with an investment of 100 million GBP to produce textile raw materials, that are not available in Turkey. With this investment, the number of employees will increase from 750 to 2,000.
JOBS FOR 6540 PEOPLE IN DIYARBAKIR
Diyarbakır Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu announced that the infrastructure works started for Diyarbakır Textile Organized Industrial Zone and the tender for the infrastructure was published in the Official Gazette on November 4, 2018. A total of 73 parcels will be allocated for the company, with which a pre-agreement has been made. On these parcels, a fixed investment of 252 million GBP will be provided, which will create jobs for 6540 people.
14 MILLION DOLLARS OF INVESTMENT IN MANİSA
Akar Tekstil in Manisa/Kula will provide jobs for 750 people by establishing a textile factory with an investment of 14 million Liras on an area of 10 thousand square meters in total.
Being one of the leading yarn companies in the indsutry, Biteks has invested 3,490,000 dollars in machinery and equipment in the first half of 2018, including 2,247,000 dollars in polyester yarn production line, and 1,243,000 dollars in cotton yarn production line.
Yasin Tekstil has provided jobs for 300 people in the first stage in its factory, which had been opened in Sivas in 55 days. Planning to establish a second factory on an area of 50 acres, the company will create jobs for 1000 people.
A textile company will be established in the Savur district of Mardin with the support from the government and from Dicle Development Agency (DIKA) with an investment of 47,450,000 TRY. The factory will provide direct employment to 3 thousand people.
Metyx Group has invested with the new production lines providing an additional capacity of 12 thousand-ton glass and carbon fiber fabric knitting.
Harput Holding and its Indian partner will implement the POY production project, which is the raw material for yarns made of plastic bottles with an investment of 100 million dollars. 2 thousand tons of POY will be produced on a monthly basis in the new facility to be established in Bursa/Mustafakemalpaşa.
STRATEGIC AGREEMENT FROM KİPAŞ AND THE HONG KONGESE TEXTILE LEADER
Kipas Tekstil has signed a strategic agreement with Unifi Asia Pacific Limited Company (UAP-Hong Kong) for the supply of Repreve fibers. Kipaş Holding also established a 100 million dollars worth textile factory in Kahramanmaraş.
And Kordsa has acquired 95.83% of a company, that provides advanced composite materials for the US space and aviation industry, as well as for next-generation transportation vehicles.
SÖNMEZ HOLDING INVESTS TO INCREASE CAPACITY
Sönmez Holding has invested 86 million GBP to increase its capacity and quality of its companies operating in the textile industry. Sönmez Pamuklu Sanayi A.Ş. (SPS), operating under the Holding, will increase the product capacity with the first investment for modernization of the spinning mill.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT FROM YEŞİM TEKSTİL TO COUNTRY’S ECONOMY
Yeşim Textile will make a positive contribution to the country’s economy by increasing its production and export capacity by employing 5 thousand people in 3 years. The company will increase the number of its employees in Bursa from 1,000 to 3,500 by the end of 2019.
The Istanbul Dyehouse is planning to increase the capacity for weaving products in dyeing and finishing operations to 2.5 million square meters per month in 2019 with the investments made in the new technology.
Sanko Tekstil invested 82,944 spindles compact spinning machines in total. Sanko is one of the first company in the world to use these new generation machines.
A NEW TEXTILE FACTORY IN ELAZIG
The first step has been taken to establish Turkey’s biggest integrated textile plant in Elazig Industrial Zone. Saka A.Ş. continues the construction of SAKA Textile Factory, which will employ 3500 people in Elazig.
AN INVESTMENT OF 400 MILLION EURO IN GAZIANTEP
Kara Holding, one of the leading companies in Turkey’s textile industry, invests 400 million Euro in total to build a factory within the scope of the project prepared five years ago, to produce lyocell, which is an important raw material in the sector. The factory to be established in Gaziantep jointly by partners from Turkey, Switzerland and Austria, will supply 10-12 thousand tons of lyocell fiber, cheaper for the Turkish textile industry.
LC WAIKIKI WILL TO BUILD A FACTORY ON 60 ACRES OF LAND IN MALATYA
Taha Giyim, the supplier company of LC Waikiki, is preparing for an investment to provide employment for approximately 550 people on a 60.000 square meter land in Malatya Industrial Zone No.1. With this investment, annual capacity of shirts production will reach approximately 2 million units. The company will invest 32.2 million TRY in 2019 alongside the shirt factory, the knitting-cutting department and the warehouse.
Having six production facilities in four separate regions, TYH Tekstil is a company specialized in men’s clothing. TYH Tekstil, which has an annual production capacity of 20 million units, is preparing to invest in the industrial zones in Manisa/Akhisar and Ordu in 2019. The company aims to increase its capacity by 15% with the new investments, and to create employment for 400 people in two regions.
ÇALIK DENIM TO FOCUS ON FURTHER INVESTMENTS
Çalık Denim is among the major denim manufacturers with an annual capacity of 44 million meters in Turkey. Targeting 60 million meters of fabric production for 2020, Çalık Denim continues its investments for this purpose. In 2018, Çalık Denim invested 44.7 million dollars and will focus on further investments in 2019. Accordingly, an investment of 8.4 million dollars is planned. With the new investment, it is planned to increase the capacity by 30% and to provide employment for 342 people.