French CAD/CAM software and equipment supplier Lectra has opened its new Turkish headquarters in Istanbul.

Lectra Turkey's facilities include a 1,400 m² Advanced Technology Center (ATC) where Lectra can demonstrate its product range, and a software and equipment customer support line.

Lectra has been present in Istanbul since 1988. It now has over 600 customers, and has offices in Ankara, Izmir and Bursa.

In Turkey, 75 per cent of the company's sales are generated by the textile and apparel markets, 10 per cent by the rapidly-growing furniture and furnishings market, a further 10 per cent by the automotive industry (one of the main driving forces behind economic growth in Turkey) and 5 per cent by footwear, luggage and leather goods.

"Investing is our way of showing to what extent we believe in Turkey's potential," said Daniel Harari, Lectra's CEO.

"This country is continuing its transformation process and it is improving both its subcontractor expertise and the quality of its production. It also has enormous potential to develop brand names in a rapidly-growing local market."

According to the WTO, Turkey is the world's fourth largest producer of apparel and the world's tenth largest producer of raw materials for the textile industries. Its main market is the European Union which accounts for 63 per cent of total exports.