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Turkish mills prosper as UK fashion gets faster

Exports from Turkish mills to the UK have rocketed as retailers, brands and suppliers look for faster lead times on fabrics, according to organisers of London fabric fair Texbridge.
Show organiser The Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Association (ITKIB) said that Turkey’s textile exports to the UK for 2006 were up 12% on 2005, while figures to August 2007 showed a further 13% increase.

Speaking at Texbridge, which took place at Earls Court in London last week, Boden senior buyer Kendra Roche said: “Two years ago we stopped working with the Turkish mills and took more business to the Far East, but we are coming back to Turkey now.”

Omer Serif Mehmetoglu, chief executive of Turkish mill Naz, an exhibitor at the show, said: “Retailers and suppliers can place small orders and repeat them if they work, meaning they can be more careful with their budget. Retailers and suppliers want to come to Turkish mills because we can develop new products for them every week.”

Wallis assistant buyer Theresa Biggins agreed. “We are led by price, but lead times are becoming more important so we balance our sourcing. About 10% of our textiles now come from Turkey,” she said.

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