Tan Tekstil Chairman Ýbrahim Tan entered the sector in 1943 with a loom
in hand and now owns a 45,000 square meter facility in Denizli’s
industrial zone. . .

He is administering one of Turkey’s most modern fabric coloring and
finishing facilities, with eight tons of yarn coloring, 12 tons of
knitted fabric and terrycloth coloring and 375 employees. .

Speaking to Anatolia news agency, Tan said they have caught a great
impetus in the foreign markets with their brand Jacquard, which they are
selling abroad through agencies. . .

Tan said the fundamental reason behind Jacquard’s success was high quality cotton brought from Egypt.
. .

“We import our entire yarn stock from Egypt, because nobody else
produces the kind of fine yarn we use for making our shirt fabric. This
yarn can only be made out of a certain type of cotton that grows on
river banks; therefore we import it from Egypt. When we use that cotton
and yarn for producing our fabric we can enhance our fabric’s quality as
well as our coloring quality. We cannot risk using the yarn produced in
Turkey. We sometimes use cotton polyester mixtures, or a cotton linen
mixture, or 100 percent linen fabric. Because our looms are of a very
specific kind we can even do the heaviest work with highest quality.” . .

Cotton fields became orchards.

Tan told the news agency that they had great troubles due to cotton
prices skyrocketing in the last quarter of 2010. “We know that this
increase not only occurred in Turkey but was global. However, when the
yarn prices surged, the particular yarn we are using increased doubly,
which was a pressure on our business capital and we had to provide our
businesses with some amount of extra capital. I think the cotton prices
will continue to increase.”
. .

He also said it was a duty on the part of Turkish agricultural workers
to contribute to increasing agricultural production and noted that
cotton cultivation was falling and they had to import their cotton from
Greece, the U.S. and Egypt.
. .

Tan said Turkey had enough agricultural areas to cultivate the amount of
cotton required by the domestic industry, but due to poor agriculture
policies some of these areas were converted to pomegranate or apple
orchards. “This is the reason behind our annual cotton yield. But, as
far as I have analyzed so far, I predict an increase in cotton
cultivation this year.” . .

Recalling that the sector complained about low foreign exchange levels
in 2008 and 2009, Tan said that in the last quarter of 2010 and the
first quarter of 2011 the foreign exchange prices were good. “We
experience no problems in exports with these foreign exchange levels. . .

Recalling the long-debated tax regulation announced by the authorities a
few months ago concerning an extra 30 percent tax on imported fabric
and 40 percent tax on imported apparel, Tan said it was a natural reflex
targeting the protection of domestic producers. . .

“It is common sense to put a 30 percent tax on imported fabric, which
means collecting a tax that amounts to 30 percent of the unit price over
every meter of imported material. I consider this tax regulation
necessary for the protection of local manufacturers.”