Turkish Textile Facts

While the export value of the Turkish Textile Sector was 1,1 million dollar in 1990, it has reached to 16,9  billion dollars by the end of 2016. In other words, total textile exports of Turkey folded five times within the last 20 years.

According to WTO statistics for 2008, Turkey ranked seventh in the world with the share of 3,8% and Eurostat statistics second in the EU market with the share of 17,5%.

Turkey exports 49% of textile products to EU countries. Advantages of Turkey in using advanced technology, richness in raw materials and geographical proximity to main markets also lead to market diversification for textile exports.

Turkey, as being one of the most prominent textile and clothing producers in the world, now, has the production capacity to meet almost all the raw material needs of clothing industry.

Turkey has also gained valuable experience in fabric design and it is started to present  its  special  designs  with  fashion  shows  in  prominent  markets.  Turkish  textile industrialists, most of whom has created their own trademark together with the patent rights, provide the most important foreign home textile and clothing companies with their fabric.

Many pattern design competitions that make important contributions to development of  fabric  design in Turkey are organized by different institutions leading to emergence of young designers and creation of product diversity

Turkey takes part in many famous international fairs in textile sector, international textile fairs were organized within Turkey and Turkey’s potential is shown successfully all over the world.

Main advantages of Turkish textile industry in production and supply of raw materials:

  • Richness in basic raw materials (ranked seventh in the world with the annual cotton production about 375 thousand tons and production of synthetic and artificial fibers in substantial amounts)
  • Geographical proximity to main markets, especially European markets
  • Short logistics period due to geographical proximity
  • Qualified and well-educated labor force
  • Liberal trade policies
  • Well-developed textile finishing industry
  • Giving  importance to  quality, environment and  human health, sensitivity  on  working conditions of workers
  • Customs Union agreement with the European Union and free trade agreements with many other countries