Major apparel manufacturing countries steps in to manufacture the medical protective gears to mitigate the extra demand worldwide after arising of Coronavirus end of the last year. Like other countries, Turkish textile industry is also playing an effective role in measures against Coronavirus pandemic.
Turkey, which possesses great potential and infrastructure in terms of producing protective masks and medical supplies, is able to produce 1 million pieces of disposable masks in a day, as well as performing the production of the masks, named N95 and N99, providing top protection used particularly by medical personnel.
Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank stated that the disposable mask production capacity can increase to 2 million per day and the raw materials of masks can support up to 8 million daily productions.
Educational institutes of Turkey are also actively conducting many research and development activities to innovate and discover new pathways to prevent this virus.
As a result of the R&D studies initiated by the Ministry of National Education (MEB) within the scope of the measures taken against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the manufacturing of an automatic 3-layer wired ultrasonic surgical protective mask production machine was completed in Istanbul Küçükköy Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. Production of 100 thousand surgical protective masks per day started in high school.
Turkey is also a reliable country in the manufacturing and supply chain.
Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) Chairman Ismail Gülle and Ahmet Şişman, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (İTHİB) said to a Turkish TV channel that “Our export volume, which broke records in the period between January and February, fell due to the pandemic outbreak in the recipient countries as of 15 March. But, through the exports that we carried out in this environment, the whole world has seen that Turkey is a reliable country in manufacturing and supply chain.”
The export of technical textiles increased by 3-3.5 percent in March though the export volume decreased 17 percent. This is the result of the demand for nonwoven masks and protective clothing.
The country also sending assistance to other severely affected countries. A total of 88 countries reported requests of medical supplies and equipment from Turkey.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca of the country said that there are many requests from abroad regarding medical material supply, further expressed the following: ‘‘We made an effort to meet the needs of nearly thirty countries. The most recent demand was from Germany with 2 million medical protective masks. We will be providing them in the next few days. The United Kingdom also had a new demand. We will do our best in order to provide similar support to the United Kingdom. In this compelling period, I would like to note that there are 88 countries requesting medical equipment from us.’’