Textile and Leather

The Textile and Leather sector has played an important role in the development of developing countries throughout the industrialization process. The high share of the sector in exports and the added value created in the production process have increased the economic development and welfare of the countries. The fact that the textile and leather sector constitutes the main product of consumption in all countries, and the easy entry of new entrepreneurs into this market with small capitals has caused the textile and ready-made clothing sectors to have an important place in world trade in every period of the industrialization process.

The textile industry has a wide range of production under the supply chain of the ready-made clothing industry. Non-woven surfaces including fiber, yarn, knitted/woven fabric, felt and tufting surfaces for all kinds of needs, home textile products, carpets, as well as net, rope, textile cable, carrier textile tape, tarpaulin, protective cloth, filter, parachute, Products for document technical use, such as brake cloth, are in the textile industry.


The leather products sector has a wide sub-sector group from tanning and leather processing, saddlery products, leather clothing, fur goods and footwear sectors. The sector, which is affected by the livestock sector due to the need for raw leather and fur in production, also has a close relationship with the leather chemicals sector.

The textile sector interacts with the agriculture and livestock sector due to the natural fibers needed such as cotton and wool, and with the petrochemical industry due to synthetic fibers. The sector, which interacts with the chemical industry in terms of dye-finishing chemicals, is also intertwined with the ready-made clothing accessory industry. In addition, the textile industry is in technical relations with many sectors from automotive to construction, from heavy industry to medicine. Retail and merchandising, which are effective at the meeting point of the high value-added products obtained with the consumer, are the last links of the industry’s supply chain. The control of these areas is provided by the strong logistics sector.


The textile and leather sector, which is an important building block of the Turkish economy, is heavily affected by the changes in the world as a part of the global economy. The employment it provides can affect the country’s very important macroeconomic values, such as turnover and capacity utilization, as well as added value.

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