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Turkey’s medical textile exports see a robust growth in 2020

Turkey’s technical textile exports increases 76% to $3 billion in 2020 , whereas the medical textile export rises US $ 1.40 billion in 2020, as said by the Aegean Exporters Association (EIB) of the country.

Medical textile exports in the subgroups saw a 22-fold increase on Y-o-Y basis in 2020. At the same time, the exports from the Aegean region saw around 46-fold increase, reaching US $ 92 million.

Jak Eskinazi, Head Coordinator, EIB explained the reason behind the increase. He said that there was a strong demand for the medical textile (buoyed by surgical dresses and masks) and activewear products during the pandemic, while the export of textile products is somehow sluggish but recovering.

Figure: Turkey’s medical textile exports reach $1.4B in 2020.

Despite the pandemic, Turkey’s textile exports saw a loss of just 8 per cent in 2020 as compared with 2019. But, as far as the Aegean region is concerned, textile goods worth US $ 240 million were exported with a yearly increase of 6 percent.

On the other hand, technical textile exports of Turkey grew significantly by 76 percent in 2020, hitting US $ 3 billion. “In technical textile products, exports from the Aegean region rose to US $ 194 million, an increase of 98 percent,” said Eskinazi.

Turkey ranks 6th worldwide in terms of the apparel exports in general while the pandemic pushed Turkish medical textile good exports to over the $1 billion threshold from January through October of last year.

Medical textile goods worth $95 million were exported in October alone. They exported to 167 countries, with Germany topping the list by receiving $165 million worth of Turkish goods in the January-October period.

The U.S. came in second with $160 million, followed by the U.K. and the Netherlands with $104 million each, the data showed.

Exports to the world’s largest medical textile goods exporter, China, reached $24 million in the 10-month period.

Among others, Spain received around $49.5 million worth of Turkish medical textile goods. Exports to Italy, France, Canada, Romania and Qatar amounted to some $44.5 million, $39 million, $38.8 million, $36.9 million and $28.3 million, respectively.

Surgical gowns alone contributed a $700 million share in exports, and the share of exports of medical masks was $173 million.

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