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Textiles in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a long history in the textile industry. In the 18th century, it was the world's largest textile producer and exporter. However, since the second half of the 20th century, the UK's share of the textile industry has declined due to increased competition and rising costs.

Today, the UK's textile industry employs around 105,000 people. The sector's direct contribution to the UK economy is around £4.1 billion. Textile businesses are predominantly small-scale, owner-managed businesses. They employ 250 or fewer people per business.

In the UK's textile industry, production is concentrated on ready-to-wear. The main products of the ready-to-wear sector include women's and men's clothing, children's clothing, underwear, home textiles, and sportswear.


The UK's textile industry produces for the European Union (EU) and Middle East markets. The EU accounts for around 60% of the UK's textile exports. The Middle East, on the other hand, accounts for around 15% of the UK's textile exports.


Development Areas in the UK Textile Industry


One of the most important challenges facing the UK textile industry is rising costs. The sector is affected by increases in labor costs, energy costs, and raw material costs.


The sector is investing in new technologies and production methods to overcome these challenges. Sustainability and environmentally friendly production are also becoming important trends in the sector.


The UK textile industry has the potential to grow by opening up new markets. The sector is producing for emerging markets such as Africa and Asia.


Opportunities for Turkey in the UK Textile Industry


The UK textile industry offers significant opportunities for Turkey. Turkey is a world leader in the textile industry. Turkey produces high-quality and affordable textile products.


Turkey's textile industry produces for the UK textile industry. Turkey is an important supplier to the UK textile industry.


Turkey's textile industry also has the opportunity to grow by investing directly in the UK. Turkish textile companies can set up production facilities in the UK to directly target the UK market.






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