The third and largest edition of Texhibition Istanbul Fabric, Yarn and Textile Accessories Fair took place in Istanbul from 8-10 March.
The show hosted around 440 exhibitors at the Istanbul Expo Center on 30,000 sq. Meters. The event registered the presence of over 18,000 visitors from more than 100 countries from the EU, UK, Eastern Europe, USA, South America, North Africa and the Middle East.
Organized by the Istanbul Textile Exporters' Association (ITHIB) with the support of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC), Texhibition brought the whole industry together at the Istanbul Exhibition Center.
The show confirmed to be on a growth path, with exhibitor numbers tripling from last year's premiere and visitor numbers up by over 50%.
Market leaders such as Kipaş, Bossa, Yünsa, Btd, Hefa, İskur, Universal, Gülle and Migiboy, among others, presented their products throughout the show occupying a total of three halls.
Exhibitors displayed the latest trends and developments for s/s 2024 from their collections of textiles–both wovens and knits–along with accessories, prints, yarns, artificial leather and fibers.
The largest exhibitor area was occupied by 309 companies including fabric, woven fabrics and knitwear manufacturers; 48 companies presented accessories; 41 showed their prints, nine companies from the artificial leather sector and 18 companies from the yarn and fiber industry disclosed their newest materials, including Sasa, the largest fiber producer from Turkey, along with 12 companies of other product groups.
Last year, the Turkish textile industry had achieved its best export result ever, registering around US$13 billion revenues.
Overall, Turkey is already the second-largest producer for the EU, while globally it ranks fifth. The country is the world's fourth-largest supplier of home textiles, fabrics and denim fabrics, and the fifth-largest producer of yarns. In denim production, Türkiye even ranks first.
The Turkish textile industry also has ambitious goals for 2023 and the near future. The country’s export volume in this segment expects to reach US$15 billion, of which US$7.5 billion sold to the EU and one billion to the USA.
Turkey wants to serve 20% of textile imports to the EU, and 5% of the USA. "We will increase our production in a concentrated way and boost exports with even greater motivation,” said Ahmet Öksüz, chairman of the Board of the Istanbul Textile Exporters Association (ITHIB).
“With Texhibition Istanbul Exhibition, we want to contribute to heal the wounds left by the earthquake. We stand together as a country to strengthen the Turkish textile industry and generate added value," he continued.
The recently held Texhibition Istanbul Fair was the third edition held since its launch in January 2022, and the biggest one. Since the premiere, exhibitors and visitors have increased rapidly, while the exhibition space has also increased.
Sustainability was highlighted as a key topic during the last edition of the show.
The Circular Economy Action Plan of the European Green Deal, for instance, represents an important starting point for the Turkish industry to meet the requirements of European customers and adapting to the requirements is the top priority for manufacturers.
For this reason, great efforts are being made in the textile sector like, for instance, projects on the sustainable use of natural resources, setting goals to reduce water consumption, increase the energy efficiency of renewable energy sources, promote organic cotton cultivation, sustainable organization of supply chains, setting targets of zero waste in production and export, along with new targets tied to circular economy and the introduction of tools for measuring the carbon footprint.