An Interview With The Head Of SETEK
Mr. Osman Nuri Canik; the head of the cluster, gave an interview for the quarterly magazine of Bursa Eskişehir Bilecik Development Agency.
Mr. Osman Nuri Canik; the head of the cluster, gave an interview for the quarterly magazine of Bursa Eskişehir Bilecik Development Agency.
 
Mr. Osman Nuri Canik; the head of the cluster, gave an interview for the quarterly magazine of Bursa Eskişehir Bilecik Development Agency.

“We must see the future of textile sector”
The export capacity of Turkey that has a considerable amount among global markets is increasing every passing year. Bursa, which has a significant share in this success, has become one of the model cities in Turkey thanks to its projects. We made an interview with the head of SETEK - Sustainable Home Textile Cluster: Mr. Osman Nuri Canik. Mr. Canik said that that they have given great importance for the sustainability and emphasised that they have to predict totally the future of the sector so as to have the right to comment on global markets.

How do you explain Turkey's position in the global textile market?

If we analyze this issue with the figure of the year 2016; the total world textile exports was245 billion dollars, while It was calculated for Turkey in7.8 billion dollars. Our share in the world market is almost 3,5%. Turkey has the seventh biggest export capacity after some countries such as Chına, USA, and Germany. While the total exports of the world is $ 65 billion in home textile industry; Turkey exported home textiles at the amount of$ 2.6 billion in 2016. Our share in the world market is around 4,5%. So, Turkey is the fourth biggest textile exporter of the world.

Bursa is one of the leading city of the textile sector. What can be do to increase its success?

Turkey is one of the most important countries in textile industry across the world. There are lots of studies carried out to increase its success. The government has supported R&D studies, design centres and R&D centres that are active in home textiles sector. Clusters have been established to do so. I am the head of SETEK - Sustainable Home Textile Cluster. Supported by the Ministry of Industry and Technology; as well as coordinated by Bursa Technology Coordination and R&D Centre SETEK Cluster has been financially supported by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology at the amount of 50%. As of SETEK, we have followed some strategies. We have studied to answer the question: Where will the global textile sector have been in 2030? When we have the answer, we will observe the technological development and will analyse requirements. The first tginh to do is to predict trends and the form of trade.

“Lean Production is a Must For Productivity”
There are some changes on the production systems.  Lean management is one of these. That is what we use for our companies. It prodives productivity for the sector. Stocktaking is decreasing, the speed is increasing and the production time is lowered. This is a digital era. We have tried to popularise this digitalization. We are trying to increase consciousness, education and the applications to be carried out. Besides this, technical textiles are emerging. Like the carbon composites, hybrid fabrics, fabrics used in medicine... Textile and Technical Textile Excellence Centre was established in Bursa to support these. We are in a coordination with all of these.

What types of studies have the SETEK carried out to increase sectoral quality?  How many member companies are there in the cluster?

SETEK is one of the 4 clusters that were deserved to be financially supported, as well as first and unique textile cluster in Turkey. Our aim is to develop the textile industry. There were almost 33 companies while applying the project, and now there are 48 member companies. This is a model study. Our budget is 12.000.000 for five years. We are trying to make this available to companies within our project activities.
Within the scope of the project, we are continuing activities to raise awareness and coordination, increase marketing power through common mind, create innovation infrastructure to enable transition to value added products and improve the existing sub-structures of companies.

What are you doing as a cluster in order to increase  competitiveness in international arena?

if we will think what kind of advantages we have among our competitors such as China, Far East Companies, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India etc., logistic is the best. Our qualified labour force also gives us strength. By applying modern management techniques used for IT, we can provide better, faster service than other countries. Besides, Turkish people are better acquainted with European tastes and trends. I can say we're a few steps ahead of this race.

Why is sustainability important for the textile sector?

Technology is moving at such a rapid pace that the institutions that are at the forefront can fall down. A company whose name has not been heard so far can become one of the best ones. Sustainability is very important to keep pace with this change and pacing. Everything can change in a few years or even a few months. Prediction on future in addition to the daily problems, is necessary to plan the future. We are also trying to bring forth this awareness to the sector.

What are your predictions about the future of the textile sector? What kind of products will be used more in future?

The number of textile workers in the Turkey is two times more than total number of workers in EU. But there a few times more textiles have been exported than Turkey. How does that happen? The European Union has left textile production in the classical sense to us and the Far East. They wend their ways towards technical textiles.As of BUTEKOM and SETEK, we we provide a significant benefit to strength the position of Turkey by providing business partnerships in a specific platform in Bursa.

How do you evaluate the work of the Textile and Technical Textile Excellence Centre supported by BEBKA?

BABKA gives us huge support. Our projects bring together scientists and industrialists to transform their inventions into commerce. Our biggest supporteris BEBKA. We always see the support of BEBKA in this and this kind of works.   

What do you think about financial support programme carried out BEBKA for companies in technical textile sector?

Government support in Turkey has increased considerably in recent years. These incentives are very important for the sector they are efficient and continuous. I find them very useful. I think that with these incentives we have created one of the best practices of the world. If these can be well monitored and coordinated, I believe we will have an important place
  • SETEK Sürdürülebilir Ev Tekstili Kümesi
  • SETEK Sürdürülebilir Ev Tekstili Kümesi
  • SETEK Sürdürülebilir Ev Tekstili Kümesi
  • SETEK Sürdürülebilir Ev Tekstili Kümesi
An Interview With The Head Of SETEK
An Interview With The Head Of SETEK
An Interview With The Head Of SETEK
An Interview With The Head Of SETEK