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Turkish textile and clothing exporters in bullish mood 1 May 2018

At first glance, the future looks bright for the Turkish economy in general, and the textile and garment manufacturing sector in particular. During the recent Istanbul Yarn Expo there was optimistic talk of growth and progress, with machinery suppliers at the neighbouring ITM fair confirming that Turkish investments are on the rise. But there are concerns, too, as Jozef De Coster reports.


Fashion brands take a stance on Syrian refugees in Turkey 13 Mar 2017

Experts have highlighted concerns over the exploitation of Syrian refugees working in the Turkish textile industry and are urging the Turkish government and the clothing supply chain to work together to improve their plight.


Hard hit Turkish industry is not knocked out 21 Feb 2017

After a number of setbacks last year, including political upheaval, terrorist attacks and an influx of Syrian refugees, textile and clothing industry executives in Turkey are optimistic that better times lie ahead in 2017.


Business as usual in Turkey despite coup crackdown 5 Aug 2016

Turkish security sources are advising textile and clothing manufacturers in Turkey that the country remains a safe and secure country in which to operate, despite the crackdown following the attempted coup last month. Likewise, local and international players in the apparel and textile industry are noting that business continues to run smoothly.


Turkey textile and clothing makers under pressure 18 Dec 2015

With diplomatic tensions mounting between Turkey and Russia over the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet fighter plane on 24 November, there are rising concerns that the important Turkish clothing sector could struggle as a result of these geopolitical troubles.

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Isko first Turkey manufacturer to become ZDHC affiliate 23 May 2018

Denim manufacturing giant Isko has become the first Turkish manufacturer to become a signatory member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.


ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey 16 May 2018

A new agreement between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB) aims to create formal and decent work for Syrian refugees in Turkey's garment industry.


Unpaid Turkey garment workers accept partial payment 12 Apr 2018

Garment workers in Turkey campaigning for the settlement of severance pay from a factory supplying to brands including Zara, Mango and Next, have accepted partial payment.


Turkey garment sector adopts living wage initiative 12 Apr 2018

Turkey’s textile, garment and leather sector has become the latest to adopt a global initiative aimed at achieving a living wage.


Isko first denim mill to environmentally assess all products 22 Mar 2018

In a move designed to help boost its understanding of the impacts involved in its supply chain, Turkey-based denim manufacturing giant Isko has worked to obtain Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of all 25,000-plus of its denim products.


Turkey denim giant Taypa improving sustainable footprint 7 Nov 2017

Turkish denim manufacturing giant Taypa Tekstil, supplier to brands including Levi's and Calvin Klein, has made progress on a number of environmental initiatives, including lowering its water usage by 50% and its chemical usage by 40%.


Refugee exploitation persists in Turkey supply chains 3 Nov 2017

The fashion industry needs to do more to prevent the exploitation of Syrian refugees in Turkish supply chains, a new report suggests, with suggested actions including a change in purchasing policies.


Turkey apparel and textile exports near US$30bn 3 Nov 2017

Turkey's textile and apparel exports are approaching US$30bn annually, with the government hoping this will grow to exceed $50bn by 2023.


Turkey denim giant Taypa investing $800m in North Africa 1 Nov 2017

Turkish denim manufacturing giant Taypa Tekstil, supplier to brands including Levi's and Calvin Klein, is investing US$800m in what it says will be the largest textile facility in Algeria, in a bid to double production capacity in North Africa and diversify its product offering.


Zara, Next, Mango urged to pay Turkish factory wages 26 Sep 2017

Fashion giants Zara, Next and Mango are being urged to reimburse workers for three months of unpaid labour at a supplier factory in Turkey that closed last year.