German Technology met Turkish Textile
About 600 participants from the Turkish textile industry attended
Frankfurt, 21st November 2012 – 25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions on occasion of two VDMA conferences mid of November in Istanbul and Gaziantep (Southeast Anatolia). Roundabout 600 participants from the Turkish textile industry used the chance to learn, how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia. Fortunately, several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the VDMA event.
In his opening address Fritz P. Mayer, Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, stated: “With a focus on higher quality, the creation of own brands as well as the development of technical textiles, the Turkish textile industry is getting ready for future challenges. A market share of 30 to 35 per cent makes the German textile machinery sector Turkey’s technology partner number one. We are proud that the deliveries of machinery from Germany increased more than the whole textile machinery imports of Turkey from other countries in 2012.”
In their greeting words, Ismail Hakki Hacialioglu, President Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (TCMA), Ismail Gülle, Chairman Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (ITKIB) and Adil Konukoglu, Chairman Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce underlined the long and established relations between the Turkish textile sector and the German textile machinery industry.
Focus technical textiles, energy and material efficiency
Expanding the production of technical textiles for automobile, construction and medicine applications is one answer of the Turkish textile sector to the Asian competition. However, the Turkish textile sector was mainly focused on garments and home textiles in the past. Knowhow and cooperation with research institutes, universities and user industries have to be build-up. The German companies represented in Istanbul and Gaziantep recommended themselves as reliable and professional partners for this transition process. Turkish textile producers are invited to use the technical centres of German textile machinery companies more than in the past to test and to develop new textile applications right up to marketability.
The user-oriented technology lectures paid high attention to the topic energy and material efficiency. VDMA supported this approach by publishing its Blue Competence Energy Efficiency Guide in Turkish on occasion of the conferences in Istanbul and Gaziantep.
Who is who of Turkish textile industry
Nearly all big players of the Turkish textile and nonwovens sector were present at the VDMA events: AKSA Akrilik Kimya, Beyteks Tekstil, Hassan Tekstil, Kipaş Mensucat, Kordsa, Merinos, Mogul, SANKO Holding, Selcuk Group, Yünsa und numerous other companies including small and medium ones.
The VDMA conferences in Turkey will fuel the already good trade relations between Germany and Turkey: From January to August 2012 the German textile machinery exports to Turkey increased by 12 per cent to 248 Mio. EUR. 2011 the scope of supply of German companies was 30 to 35 per cent, followed by enterprises from Switzerland and Italy, both with 15 per cent.
Next stop Indonesia
The VDMA Textile Machinery Association will continue its series of conferences in textile producing countries in 2013. Next stop will be Indonesia. The VDMA member companies will address the specific tasks of Indonesian textile companies from 15 – 16 April in Jakarta.
This press release will be published in Turkish soon.
|Fritz P. Mayer
President VDMA Textile Machinery Association
Executive Chairman KARL MAYER
Head of Exhibitions & Marketing
Conference Magazine Turkish