Textile sector most important for economy: TOBB

Turkish textile sector is the most important for the country’s economy contributing towards employment, production and exports, said Abdulkadir Konukoglu, Chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) as well as the Textile Industry Council, at the recently held 13th International Izmir Textile and Apparel Symposium (IITAS) in the Turkish city of Antalya.

At the symposium, the TOBB Chairman said the Turkish textile sector managed to create around 125,000 new jobs in the country within the last few years and has contributed immensely towards the growth of the economy.

Turkey has made enormous progress in the clothing as well as fashion industry, because within the last few years, the country has emerged as one of the nations advanced in fashion, amongst the likes of Italy and France, which are the most evolved fashion centres in the world.

Mr. Konukoglu explained the importance of the sector and need to invest in research and development (R&D) for creating innovative products that can create an image for Turkey globally, making it a top contender against China which is currently leading in the textile sector.

Organized by the Textile Engineering Department of the Ege University in Izmir, the IITAS symposium is an event where leading textile industry experts and professors come together and present papers on the progress as well as the future of the Turkish textile industry.

During the four-day event, a special session dedicated to technical textiles and functional textiles, titled ‘2BFUNTEX’ was also held where entrepreneurs in the textile industry of Turkey got the opportunity to exchange information regarding the latest developments and technologies in technical and functional textiles.


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