Turkish textile and garment manufacturers are scrambling to meet booming orders amid the novel coronavirus as the sector is already running at 85% capacity.

“We expect a 10% rise in our clothing exports. Most probably 1-2% business loss in the Chinese garment sector will be placed in Turkey,” the president of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD) told Anadolu Agency.

Hadi Karasu said the Turkish clothing sector’s exports stood at $17.7 billion last year while the figure for China was $173 billion.

Karasu, however, noted the sector does not have a lot of space to receive more orders.


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