Sanem Dikmen and Ramazan Kayan, Co-Chairs of the Turkish Garment Manufacturing Association, Share an Open Letter to the International Apparel Community
Infrastructure-wise, the government has started - even though partly - to supply water, electricity, and natural gas to some cities, towns, and industrial zones; airports are in operation as of February 20. Infrastructure systems in industrial zones are mostly in good condition. The factories are usually in industrial zones with single-store buildings. Therefore, the devastating effect of earthquakes is less on production plants than it is on residential buildings. However, short-term production cuts are inevitable, further informs the TGSD management: All stakeholders are working together to restart plants for social as well as economical reasons. Manufacturing has already started in some factories in Malatya, Elazığ, and Şanlıurfa. In the short run, the Turkish textile and garment industries will use their excess production capacity built in 2021 and 2022. For instance, Türkiye increased yarn and fabric production capacity by 25% last year with new investments. Therefore, the lost capacity could be immediately replaced by the available capacity in other major cities like Bursa, Istanbul, Tekirdağ, and Denizli located in the West. Opportunity to aid efficiently: a plea for donations Having a house and a place to work will definitely help improve the living standards and normalization process in the region. In addition to shelter requirements, there is an ongoing demand for winter tents, field beds/sleeping bags, heaters, WCs, outerwear/underwear, and initial utensils. The TGSD project at Adiyam will be for 340 containers, each of them for the accommodation of four individuals. “Cooking will be organized outside, in proper kitchen and cafeteria areas,” Sanem Dikmen informs us. Further in a one-to-one: “We will be sharing the progress of our project with all contributors in a timely manner.” TGSD has created logistical prerequisites for donations of such goods. Freight bills should be issued to Türkiye Giyim Sanayicileri Derneği (TGSD). All invoices, bank receipts, and a list of donated materials should be sent to email@example.com.
Delivery Address: Galata Lojistik Merkezi Nakkaş Mah. Hadımköy Nakkaş Yolu Cad. No:1034555 Hadımköy / IstanbulTÜRKİYE Bank details for monetary support: Account holder: TÜRKİYE GİYİM SANAYİCİLERİ DERNEĞİSwift code: TRHB2AXXX TL IBAN: TR02 0001 2009 8570 0016 0001 07 USD IBAN: TR23 0001 2009 8570 0058 0004 38 EURO IBAN: TR50 0001 2009 8570 0058 0004 37 Contact persons at TGSD: Secretary General: Ms. Zeren Oray, firstname.lastname@example.orgPublic Relations Officer: Ms. Burcu Öztürk, email@example.com Mobile Phone: +90 549 543 19 76 Phone: +90 212 639 76 56