Ready-made clothing started its work in Europe

The ready-made clothing and apparel industry increased its target again this year due to the effect of shifting orders from China. In the sector where working hours start, double shifts are expected between April and May.

The ready-made clothing industry is expected to make a move in exports this year. Especially due to the coronavirus, Europeans shifted their orders from China to Turkey in the field of ready-made clothing, giving ready-made clothing manufacturers a second chance in exports. February export figures also reveal the increasing performance of ready-made clothing manufacturers. Exports of the ready-made clothing industry, which exported 1.5 billion dollars in January, increased to 1.52 billion dollars in February. Thus, the ready-made clothing industry, which ranked second in exports, started working to fulfill the orders coming from Europe.

Capacities increased to 85 percent

In the sector, where capacities have increased to 85 percent, the real impact is expected to emerge in April and May. It is stated that if the orders continue, the capacities in the sector may increase to 100 percent in this period, and therefore, double shifts may be started in the ready-made clothing and apparel industry. While the most exported products in the field of ready-made clothing are knitted groups, socks, underwear and denim, on the textile side, there is an increase in cotton fabric exports. On the other hand, this positive increase in the sector is also on the agenda of the retail sector.

“We expect an increase of 2 billion dollars”

Mustafa Gültepe, President of Istanbul Ready-made Clothing and Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKİB), also drew attention to the increase and said that they expect an increase of 5 to 10 percent in ready-made clothing exports this year due to the effect of shifting orders from China. “In this way, we can increase our exports by more than 2 billion dollars. “Due to shifting orders, we are currently trying to meet this demand with 85 percent capacity and working overtime,” said Gültepe, adding, “However, if demands continue to increase, our capacities may reach 100 percent between April and May. Then there may be a second shift. However, the coronavirus cases seen in Europe, our main market, make us worried about these goals,” he said. Gültepe stated that the products they currently export the most include knitted groups, socks, underwear and denim. Stating that although ready-made clothing and apparel exports have ranked third after chemical substances exports in recent years, they are far ahead of other sectors in net exports, Gültepe pointed out that the sector brings an average of 15 billion dollars of net foreign currency to Turkey every year. Gültepe stated that, as İHKİB, they want to put Turkey in the top three in the world fashion industry and said, “In line with this goal, we are trying to create the infrastructure that will increase ready-made clothing exports to 33 billion dollars in the medium term.” Ahmet Öksüz, President of Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (İTHİB), also noted that there is a shift towards Turkey on the textile side as well as ready-made clothing, and said: “Especially cotton fabric exports, where Turkey is not dependent on China in terms of raw materials, will gain importance here. “However, we will start to experience the full effects of this around April and May,” he said.

“We can even surpass the automotive manufacturers”

Former President of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers Association, Cem Negrin, said that if the coronavirus continues like this for another 3-4 months, there is a possibility that they will surpass both chemists and automotive manufacturers in exports.

Cem Negrin said, “Because right now foreigners are constantly coming to us for new orders and asking questions.” Negrin also stated that the sector has accelerated its factory investments, especially in the east, and that these factories will be commissioned within 2 to 3 years, and predicted that the annual export level of the sector will reach 20 billion dollars. Stating that although the sector currently ranks third, the added value it leaves is higher than other sectors, Negrin stated that the share of domesticity in the sector is as high as 90 percent, excluding imports of 10 percent.

Source: https://www.dunya.com/ihracat/hazir-giyim-avrupa-mesaisine-basladi-haberi-464158

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