Turkish firm makes bio-suits for China as demand hits 1 million – report
A clothing factory in Turkey’s northern province of Amasya is mass-producing antibacterial suits to sell to China as it battles a coronavirus outbreak, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Şen Tekstil, normally a woman’s clothing manufacturer, received an order for 1 million suits from China, which is struggling to meet the rising demand for the garb in the country, it said.
"Since the switch, we have received orders for more than a million units. We are producing around 5,000 a day right now and they are being sent to China on cargo planes,” Şener Şen, owner of Şen Tekstil told Anadolu.
The completely airtight and disposable protective antibacterial suits are a requirement for medical personnel treating coronavirus patients.
The new respiratory virus, thought to have originated in a food market in China’s Wuhan province has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 worldwide.
Meanwhile, Turkish textile and garment manufacturers are scrambling to meet soaring orders following the outbreak as output falls in China, Anadolu said.
"We expect a 10-percent rise in our clothing exports. Most probably the 1-2 percent business loss in the Chinese garment sector will be replaced in Turkey," Hadi Karasu, president of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association (TGSD) told Anadolu.
Turkish clothing sector exports totalled $17.7 billion last year, compared to $173 billion from China, Karasu said.
Many Chinese factories shut down following the outbreak. Some have reopened, but are operating well below capacity as quarantines, blocked roads and checkpoints are stopping workers from resuming their jobs.