UTİB Chairman of the Board of Directors Pınar Taşdelen Engin said, “The release of the reusable mask export will not only respond to the intense demand around the world, but also bring movement to the textile industry.
Pınar Taşdelen Engin, “As a powerful alternative to disposable masks, the transition to functional masks with antibacterial properties, washable, design and even fashion will increase the added value by 3-4 times.”
Upon the intense demand from the textile industry, the standards of multi-use washable cloth masks and the release of these products were welcomed in the sector.
Making a statement on the subject, Uludağ Textile Exporters Association (UTİB) Chairman Pınar Taşdelen Engin stated that this decision will bring the sector to the sector and said, “With the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic, a huge demand has occurred in the world in terms of medical mask and protective clothing. Many countries were caught unprepared for this demand and experienced difficulties. By moving quickly to shift production of these aspects of our company it has a significant advantage in terms of Turkey. Finding medical mask and protective clothing in many countries including USA and EU countries help our Presidency also drew the attention of Turkey, "he said.
Release of exports will bring movement to the sector
Referring to the fact that medical masks and even protective clothing have become a part of daily life together with the pandemic, UTİB President Pınar Taşdelen Engin said, “It seems that masks are now a complementary part of our daily clothes. In the new normalization period, disposable masks are no longer a solution. The trend turned towards sustainable products. There was a desire for the production and export of washable and reusable masks in the industry for a while. It is an important step for both the industry and our country for our government to first set the standards of reusable masks and then release their limited exports. Because there were serious demands from abroad. The start of normalization and the reopening of schools in many countries increased the demands for student protection. On the other hand, with the warming of the weather, the mobility that may occur in the tourism sector will increase the demand in the domestic market as well. ” he spoke.
Products with high added value, creative designs come into play
Expressing that the dynamic structure of the Turkish textile industry and the fast-moving reflex once again showed itself, Pınar Taşdelen Engin claimed that in a very short time, creative designs and functional products that do not hold bacteria and have different features will be seen on the market. Pınar Taşdelen Engin said, “According to the evaluation made by analysts, the global washable and reusable mask market is expected to reach a total market value of at least 8 billion dollars in 2020-2030 period with a stable annual compound growth rate of 4 percent. As an alternative to disposable masks, the transition to functional masks with antibacterial properties, washable, and even fashionable, will increase the added value in production and export 3-4 times. Considering that the pandemic will remain on the world agenda for a longer period, it will create an important export potential for our industry. As UTİB, by this way; This year, we also added the topic of Medical Textiles to the award categories included in the Techxtile Start-Up Challenge program, which we organized to increase the added value in textile exports, to bring new technologies and methods into production processes, and to design innovative products. ”