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World’s first vegan fabric produced in Turkey’s Bursa

Ipeker Textile based in the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa has become the world’s first producer of vegan fabric. After completing an approval process in Switzerland and Germany, the company’s fabric was granted the ‘V-Label’ from the European Vegetarian Union (EVU). The company’s global brand will be sold on market with a certificate code starting with ‘TR.’ The company was certified to with the V-Label May 2, a member of the board of directors of the Ipeker Textile Ihsan Ipeker said. According to Ipeker, the certification process was thorough because EVU-given V-Label is the most trustworthy vegan/vegetarian certificate. “We have documented that there are no animal ingredients or proteins in the 146 different types of fabric we produce. In our production process, we provide continuity without harming nature and life,” Ipeker said. Ipeker Textile is a Turkish company that exports its products to more than 100 clients in 52 different countries.

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TURKEY’S APPEAL RANKS 45TH IN THE WORLD Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) has introduced Global Attractiveness Index, prepared by Italy’s leading think tank European House Ambrosetti, together with Italian Embassy and Italian Trade Agency. The goal of this Index is to complete missing points of World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index and Global Innovation Index and achieve a more objective methodology, in which Turkey ranks 45th among all 144 countries. Speaking at the introduction of Global Attractiveness Index, Deputy Chairman of TİM Mustafa Çıkrıkçıoğlu:”Our country is 69th at World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index and 65th at World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. However, by the Global Attractiveness Index, which is prepared with a more objective methodology, we observed that our countries are evaluated with more reliable criteria. Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) has introduced Global Attractiveness Index, prepared by Italy’s leading think tank European House Ambrosetti, together with Italian Embassy and Italian Trade Agency. Turkey got the 45thplace among 144 countries in the Index, which is organized by the cooperation of global brands like ABB, Toyota and Unilever. 10

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The goal of this Index is to complete missing points of World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index and Global Innovation Index and achieve a more objective methodology. Italy ranks 14th in the Index. At the seminar of “Global Attractiveness Index; The Real Measure of Italy’s and Turkey’s Competitiveness”, which is organized to introduce the index, TİM deputy Chairman Mustafa Çıkrıkçıoğlu highlighted that the index is completing the missing points of others. Reminding that both Turkey and Italy are really rich in terms of foreign trade, investments and tourism, Çıkrıkçıoğlu stated that: “However, we have seen that our rankings are not quite satisfying.” and continued as: Our Country has been Evaluated with more Reliable Criteria “Our country is 69th at World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index and 65th at World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. However, by the Global Attractiveness Index, which is prepared with a more objective methodology, we observed that our countries are evaluated with more reliable criteria. Italy and Turkey are at the positions of significant attraction centers of the world.”

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Speaking at the seminar Italy’s Ankara Ambassador Luigi Mattiolo, recorded that both of the countries also want to be attraction centers for foreign investments and related works are completed. Mattiolo said: “Ankara and attach particular importance to foreign investments.” Note: Spreadsheet of Global Attractiveness Index can be found at attached bulletin.

Global Attractiveness Index 2016

World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index 2016

Ranking

Dynamism

USA

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CHINA

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Kordsa bags award as a leading Turkish brand Kordsa, the global player of tire, composite, and construction reinforcement technologies market, has been awarded in the “Brand and Export Support” category at “Contributors to Turkey’s Brand Value and Turquality” Awards ceremony of Brand Turkey 2017, organised by the Turkish Exporters Assembly and brought together the leading brands of Turkey. The event is the intersection of Turkey’s leading brands. Brands have been granted awards based on an evaluation of their works which inspire the branding journey of Turkey and enrich its brand value. Kordsa CEO Ali Çaliskan said, “We are proud to be among the global brands of Turkey. Today, Kordsa exports technology from Turkey to the entire world. By transferring our 44-year tire reinforcement experience into composite and construction reinforcement technologies, we maintain our position in the global market with our ‘The Reinforcer’ title. Thanks to the Composite Technologies Centre of Excellence which became operational last August, we have become the exporter of not only tire reinforcement technologies but also composite technologies from Turkey to the world. In this regard, we will keep adding value to Turkey brand while continuing to reinforce wider areas around the world.”

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CHAMPIONS OF EXPORT GOT THEIR AWARDS Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) 24th Regular General Assembly and Champions of Exports Award Ceremony was held by the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and ministers. Speaking during the General Assembly TİM President Mehmet Büyükekşi, thanked President Erdoğan for always standing by Exporters. Stating that all the ministers are supporting them all the time notably the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and then Minister of Economics Nihat Zeybekci, TİM’s President Mehmet Büyükekşi said, addressing President Erdoğan: we are appreciating the provided support. However, our expectations are not finished. If they were, it means do not make any progress. Büyükekşi explained the expextations of Exporters with 10 points: Additional Prices and VAT charges at the Customs Büyükekşi:” Exporters are paying additional prices for any transactions they made at the Customs out of working hours. We believe that this implementation should be eliminated. VAT charges are leading exporters to financing problems. We are working together with our minister of finance on this issue.” Thanking separately to Minister of Finance Naci Ağbal who supported TIM for every problem, Büyükekşi stated that TİM will present their suggestions on VAT system on July. Updating of Customs Union and Empowering of Relations with European Union Explaining that they are urgently waiting for the upgrading of Customs Union treaty Büyükekşi declared, Exporters wants Turkey to strengthen its relations with European Union, to where our 70% of exports are headed. Production Reform Package and Demand for Single Digit Interests Reminding the words of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım saying: “elections are done, now is the time for subsistence.” Büyükekşi highlighted the start for economic reforms and said: “we are urgently waiting for legalization of Production Reform Packega, which closely related to industrialists. Credit interests are increasing recently. As the Prime Minister has stated last week, 15-16% interest rates are really heavy burdens for our exporters and industrialists. We desire interest rates to be Digits. 18

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Implementation of Regulations on Investment Environment and Importance of Vocational Education Many Regulations have been agreed upon for Investment Environments and and are being waited for to be implemented right now. Büyükekşi stated that; the weakest rings of the great transformation of Turkey are Education and Culture as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Stated earlier. Büyükekşi said: “we are demanding our government to specially concern with these areas and furthermore the attention is expected to be given on vocational education and training qualified employees. Industry 4.0 Revolution and Regulations on Flexible Working and Seniority Indemnity Büyükekşi stated the last two points as:” We believe that we should not fall behind while the World is experiencing Industry 4.0 Revolution. Regulations on Flexible working and Seniority indemnity are quite a big opportunity, which are still being working on. These works will move us one step further in global competition by decreasing unemployment. We are urgently waiting for the regulations to be implemented. Future is Brighter Büyükekşi:” We want to thank you and our Government in advance for your support. We believe that with the implementations of our expectations, our way will be clearer and our future will be brighter. Large Turnout by Ministers 24. Regular General Assembly and Champions of Exporters Award Ceremony of Turkish Exporters Assembly attract great deal of attention by the bureaucracy. Along with the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli, Minister of Economics Nihat Zeybekçi, Minister of Finance Naci Ağbal, Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkçi, and Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has participated in the organization. Leaders of Export got Their Awards President Erdoğan has given the awards of top-10 Exporter Companies in 2016. Sectorial export leaders of 2016 has got their awards from the Ministers attending to the Ceremony. TOP-10 EXPORTERS AND THE MOST PROGGRESSING COMPANY “SPECIAL AWARD” Top-10 Exporter Company and the Most progressing Company of 2016 has been given awards by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY TOFAŞ OYAK-RENAULT CAR FACTORIES KİBAR FOREIGN TRADE TURKISH PETROLEUM REFINERIES (TÜPRAŞ) VESTEL TOYOTA ARÇELİK BOSCH TGS FOREIGN TRADE

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Tuft & Needle foam mattresses get Oeko-Tex certification The Oeko-Tex Association, provider of standardised solutions to customers’ manufacturing processes for sustainable products, has certified foam mattresses from Tuft & Needle, an American ecommerce and manufacturing company, according to the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. Tuft & Needle is the first company to achieve certification of a complete mattress system. According to the certificate, Tuft & Needle foam mattresses have been tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 concerning chemicals. The Tuft & Needle mattresses meet Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex Class 1 criteria, the most stringent of the four Oeko-Tex classes. The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification also confirms that Tuft & Needle mattresses fully comply with US Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations. Aaron Bata, head of customer experience of Tuft & Needle said, “A good night’s sleep requires both a fantastic mattress and peace of mind. The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification reassures our customers that their Tuft & Needle mattress doesn’t contain harmful chemicals so they can rest even easier.

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Plus, as an independent, third party certification with a trackable identification number that consumers can verify online, Oeko-Tex fits right into our company’s commitment to plain speaking transparency and integrity.” Ben Mead who represents Oeko-Tex in North America said, “We applaud Tuft & Needle for being the first company to obtain this voluntary certification for their complete mattress system. The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification indicates real commitment to producing quality mattresses that are safe for everyone in the family to enjoy.”


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HERBARIA Decorative Prints and Weaves Herbaria offers a dramatic collection of decadent velvets that intertwine layers of past and present artistry. Historic inspirations are the foundation of the collection, deconstructing and rebuilding elaborate designs through intricate layering and innovative colouring. Seductive, soft velvets are a sensorial delight while striking colour combinations give an intensity and individuality to the collection.

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HERBARIA WALLCOVERINGS Wallcoverings Herbaria wallcoverings are a luxurious collection of embossed vinyl wallcoverings comprising striking prints from the Herbaria fabric collection, as well as a range of sophisticated, textural designs. Elaborate details and subtle nuances of colour are brought to life through innovative printing techniques, while uniq.

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FILIGRANE PRINTED Linen Satin A contemporary interpretation of an intricate, layered damask design digitally printed on a uid linen-satin.

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ERBUSCO Decorative Velvet The epitome of luxury, this textural velvet features an elegant damask design. Innovatively created, the design features an intricate deboss, which creates a permeant appearance of an emboss.

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HERBARIA Printed Velvet Drawing inspiration from the Dutch masters, this decadent diffused oral design is a contemporary interpretation of still-life paintings. Digitally printed on indulgent velvet, vibrant ashes of colour enrich the beauty of the design.

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NADOR Velvet Stripe An exceptionally tactile velvet featuring a contemporary block stripe, Nador is intricately woven and available in a palette of trend-setting shades.

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MAROQUE Printed Velvet Intricate layers and elaborate detailing are considerately positioned to create a large scale Moroccan inspired damask, digitally printed on velvet and presented in striking jewel like tones.

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LOMBARDO Printed Velvet A sumptuous, soft velvet featuring a unique painterly design, cleverly created through layers of colour and pattern that convey an aged appearance, as layers of historic artistry are peeled back to reveal a hidden damask

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HERBARIA Embossed Vinyl Wallcovering A striking large scale diffused oral design inspired by atmospheric still-life paintings. Herbaria is digitally printed on a luxurious vinyl wallcovering and beautifully embossed for added depth and texture.

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MAROQUE Embossed VÄąnyl WallcoverÄąng Intricate layers and elaborate detailing are considerately positioned to create a large scale Moroccan inspired damask, digitally printed on stunning embossed vinyl.

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IRIDOS Embossed VÄąnyl WallcoverÄąng An exquisite palette of metallic shades creates the unique tones of this Agate inspired design, while a delicate emboss gives the wallcovering an appearance of textural fabric.

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DOMOTEX Turkey 2017 sees 11% rise in visitors 11 % more visitors prove the show’s importance for Turkey and Middle East DOMOTEX Turkey, which hosts 203 exhibitors, has achieved 36 foreign exhibitors from 10 countries. Not only with its exhibitors but also its visitors, it offered an international gathering. DOMOTEX Turkey 2017 hosted 9,124 visitors. 1,003 of them were international visitors which means an increase of 11 % compared to last year’s edition. The exhibition provided an important platform for exhibitors to meet buyers from more than 80 countries especially from Middle East and Africa. Alexander Kühnel, Hannover Fairs Turkey General Manager said: “DOMOTEX Turkey which was participated by pioneer firms of the sector once again, displayed the strength of Turkey and especially Gaziantep in machine-made carpet manufacturing. 40

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Besides that the high number of international visitors proved that DOMOTEX Turkey has gained importance for not only Turkey but for the whole Middle Eastern region as well.” Moreover, for the first time, an international hosted buyer program that was supported by The Ministry of Economy was organized during the fair. Exhibitors and visitors enjoyed an important opportunity for new business connections and penetrating new markets during B2B Meetings that took place on the second day of the exhibition. The hosted buyer program included attendees from Albania, Bulgaria, Iraq and Jordan. Eng. Osama Abu Alinin, General Manager of Arab Pioneers Company emphasized: “I’m so happy for DOMOTEX Turkey this year, because we have a lot of visitors, better than before; maybe this year three times more than last year.


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It’s one of the best, we have a lot of customers and we made a lot of contracts.” New trends showcased at DOMOTEX Turkey DOMOTEX Turkey displayed the wide range of products of its exhibitors for four successful days. While some products had strong impression with their designs and colors, some nanotechnology products distinguished with self-cleaning functionality. Diversified designs that were developed based on consumer trends attracted attention during the fair as well. The visitors found the opportunity to see thousands of modern or traditional carpet designs made of different materials such as wool, silk, cashmere, bamboo fibers, and polyester. Besides machine-made carpets, the other product groups in the flooring industry such as textile floor coverings (wall-to-wall), resilient floor coverings, laminate flooring, parquet and wood flooring, textile machinery and accessories, fibres, yarns and textiles were presented in the show as well. Shukrat Makhsudov, Head of Sales Department at SAG expressed: “We are participating in this event for the last three years. Also we are participating in DOMOTEX exhibitions in Hannover and also in China. This fair is very important for us for our business; we can gather all our customers under one roof. In these exhibitions we have a chance to show our new designs, new carpets, new products and it will help us first of all to increase customers and increase our business.” As a result of fruitful four days the majority of exhibitors expressed their willingness to exhibit again at the show next year.

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Organized in Gaziantep, DOMOTEX Turkey brought industry leaders together from 22 to 25 May for the 4rd time with the support of Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (GTO), Southeastern Anatolia Carpet Exporters’ Union (GAIB) and Gaziantep Chamber of Carpet Producers (GHO).


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Trevira at Techtextil 2017: New materials for textiles of the future Trevira GmbH, specialist for functional fibres and yarns, is in May presenting at Techtextil in Frankfurt its products for a wide range of technologies and applications in the technical and functional textiles segment. As at the last event in 2015 and in April at the nonwovens fair Index in Geneva, the company is making a joint appearance at Techtextil 2017 with sister companies of the Indo¬rama Ventures parent group. Filament yarn specialties for technical and functional textiles: Amongst the latest developments in filaments are yarns made from biopolymers(PLA). Numerous applications focus on home textiles, project textiles (e.g. trade fair construction) and technical uses, but also functional apparel. Another product novelty is a phosphorescent yarn, which continues to glow in the dark up to 7 hours after brief exposure to light. This development is of special interest for use in vehicle interiors. 50

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A further new development is a high-tenacity, permanently flame retardant textured yarn that is being produced in collaboration with the sister company PHP. This is primarily suitable for furnishing textiles, where it is important, along with contract market performance, to combine greater tenacity with less elongation, as is the case for instance with wall coverings. Another area of interest currently is yarns from 100% recycled polyester for project textiles and technical applications. Demand for hybrid yarns for stiffened textiles is still growing. Recent developments for specific uses in this yarn programme aim at seg¬ments like knitted spacer fabrics, acoustic textiles and interior sun screening. In particular, spun-dyed and flame retardant variants take their place here. Inherently flame retardant and/or antimicrobial yarns are available as well, for a variety of uses, for example the automotive sector.


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Trevira’s programme also contains special filaments and sewing threads for use in composites and in multi-layer materials in glass and car¬bon fibres New developments in fibres for the non-wovens industry and technical applications Besides new products and customized developments, the focus is on further developing and optimising existing fibre types servicing this important segment. A new offering in biopolymer fibres is a PLA hollow fibre for the use in fillings. In response to customer demand in terms of product functions and material properties, the comprehensive product range for airlaid applications is being continuously enhanced. This also applies to special fibres for the carding sector and shortcut types for the paper industry; where the focus is on improving dispersion. With regard to the increased need for fibres with additional functionalities and to the use of new combinations of raw materials, capacities in bico-fibres are being expanded. For both the polyester and the PLA programme, Trevira has also developed modified fibres for the hygiene sector (e.g. for wet wipes). These stand out due to their particularly soft handle. Emphasis is also being placed on finishes for fibres that must meet food industry standards, likewise on antimony-free polyester fibres, the aim here being to enhance product safety.

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MODERN CHIC CONTEMPORARY ELEGANCE The neo-classical painter Anselm Feuerbach said that style is the deliberate omission of the unessential. With MODERN CHIC JAB ANSTOETZ Fabrics launches a very elegant collection that deliberately dispenses with spectacular effects, featuring sophisticated restraint and pursuing an emphatically understated line that thrills with fine designs and a luxurious feel. No matter whether velvety soft and chenille, or smooth with a precious gloss – the eight upholstery fabrics of MODERN CHIC transform seating furniture of any shape and dimension into must-haves of timeless beauty. The exquisite aesthetics of the articles are underscored by a restrained yet very sophisticated colour palette. As well as the combinations blue/black, black/brass, red/grey and grey/rosy-pink the five colour worlds also include a variation in subtly nuanced aqua tones.

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DENIM SPORTY LOOK AND FEEL As the name itself suggests, the casual plain fabric DENIM with its typical twill weave resembles a robust denim – especially in the blue and anthracite tones of the huge colour palette. The versatile article owes its ultra-soft feel to a special finish that makes the fabric face wonderfully soft and pleasant. It thus cuts a fine figure not only as an upholstery fabric, but also as a decoration fabric.

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CASANOVA FOR THE LOVE OF BEAUTIFUL UPHOLSTERIES Charming yet unobtrusive, restrained yet distinctly elegant – with these captivating properties CASANOVA is the perfect partner for elegant interiors. The smart upholstery fabric combines the characterful texture of a classic twill weave, consisting predominantly of natural materials, with a subtle lustre and a wonderfully soft feel. The perfect impression is ensured by a ďŹ nely graduated colour palette that provides the right tone for every interior.

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Mr. Fuat Işık, owner of Fuat Işık İplik, answered questions of Fairworld Home Textile for our Mood issue. Q - What would you like to say about Işık İplik? Can you tell us about your production works? FI - Our company was established in Bursa in 2007. Since its establishment, it tries to ensure customer satis faction at the highest level, aiming to provide in the most appropriate conditions needs of the textile industry. It keeps up with today’s technology taking action on the principle of improving itself and progress. We meet demands of customers through the wide product range on the basis of a customer-focused approach. Fuat Işık İplik offers products addressing to groups of fancy weaving, brode, apparel and embroidery at the best prices, highest quality and the short delivery dates, also supplying colorful and ecru brode yarns. Located on a 2000 sqm area, Fuat Işık İplik have a production capacity of 160 tones colorful and ecru brode yarns on a monthly basis. We aim to increase production efficiency of customers, working on same lots as long as possible in the production of colorful and ecru yarn.

Contact Information +90 224 361 29 29 +90 224 364 64 11 w www.isikiplik.com

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Q - Why do customers choose your company’s products? FI - High quality, fast delivery and affordable price.

Q - Can you talk about your R&D activities? FI - Many products existing on the market are designed by Işık İplik bcause we have been in the market since 2000. We also lead the way for other companies. We are able to manufacture yarns in different qualities customizing our experience on metal works to the machinery.

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American Textile Breaks Ground On New Distribution Facility Duquesne, Pa.-based bedding producer American Textile Co. reports it will open a state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility in Tifton, Ga., later this year. The company has experienced high growth this past year, and the new facility will more than double shipping capacity in order to keep up with customer demand from both e-commerce and traditional retail areas. The company also recently expanded capacity at its Dallas and Salt Lake City locations, and currently employs more than 1,100 people globally. “Demand for sleep products has climbed steadily over the past decade, but what’s shifted even more rapidly is the growth in e-commerce sales, which drove over 40 percent of all retail sales growth in 2016,” said Lance Ruttenberg, president and CEO. “We have strategically expanded our physical footprint and logistics capabilities to keep pace with the on-demand, online economy that requires new capabilities, while also expanding infrastructure to support the significant growth in our traditional retail channels. 82

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Turkish company plans textile jobs in North Carolina A textile company in Turkey plans to reopen an old textile plant in North Carolina, creating as many as 260 jobs over three years. HPFABRICS, Inc., a manufacturer of raw fabrics, has selected Winston-Salem for a new production and product development facility, creating 260 jobs over three years in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The company plans to invest $1.1 million over the next 2 years in a plant that formerly housed Microfibres, a company no longer operating in the city. HPFABRICS is a subsidiary of Tukek Holdings, A.S., headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. The holding company maintains manufacturing outposts around the world. The Winston-Salem facility will play an important connecting role in the Tukek global production network while producing raw fabrics for a variety of commercial and consumer goods, including upholstery. The company expects to create additional jobs and investment at the facility over a five-year period. “This investment will help Tukek to strengthen its global position in the flocking industry while bringing the lost jobs back and creating much more than what Microfibres had to offer at its best years,” said Rafet Tukek, the President of HPFABRICS and Tukek Holding, A.S. “This investment will also strengthen trade between Turkey and the United States of America and will be one of the first manufacturing-related direct investments made by a Turkish company into the United States economy.” A performance-based grant of $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate HPFABRICS’ location to Forsyth County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

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“It’s a pleasure to see an idle facility come to life again, opening new opportunities for North Carolina’s talented workers,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s investment decision. The new positions in Forsyth County will provide a payroll impact of more than $8.2 million annually to the local economy. “North Carolina offers the skilled workforce companies need to succeed,” Governor Cooper said. “The specialized experience our workers bring to the table is known around the world, and that stellar reputation played an important role in the company’s decision to come to our state.” “We welcome HPFABRICS’ decision to restart production at the former Microfibres plant in Winston-Salem,” said N.C. Senator Paul Lowe, Jr. “These new jobs and the additional capital investment will bring new opportunities to our region.” In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Forsyth County, the City of Winston-Salem, and Winston-Salem Business, Inc.

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A CLASSICAL BEAUTY THAT DEFINES INTERIOR PASSION Kobe has added Elegance to its collections, rekindling the signature Kobe statement in interior design. Elegance takes its inspiration from the Art Deco movement and captures the essence of luxury interiors in a fascinating way. Art Deco emerged in France in the early 1900’s with a spirit of renewed optimism and features styles inherited from diverse cultures with stylized geometric and ornamental patterns in a broad palate of soft to vibrant colors. Art Deco, known for its highly inuential art and design movement, was made iconic by the Hollywood regency style that lends inspiration from this contemporary style and is still a creative rave in designing luxury homes. An interior designed with Elegance collection adds visual impact luxury lifestyle. Innovative fabrics that exude subtle allure created to evoke a statement of elegance and grandeur in interiors are the heart of the collection.

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‘ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION FOR PURE LUXURY Inspired by Art Deco, the most fashionable international design movement in modern art from 1925 until the 1940s, luxury fabric specialist Kobe is launching its Elegance collection of opulent curtain and upholstery fabrics. Providing endless creative opportunities, this rich array of innovative fabrics features statement pieces, combined with timeless plains and semi plains in sumptuous velvet, woven jacquard, cool linen and soft silk and satin appearance. Reflecting the lavish glamour reminiscent of this style period, a palette of soft and sumptuous shades ranging from metallic tones to gentle graceful hues, complements the distinct and intricate designs of geometric, floral, medallion and trellis patterns, David Harris, managing director of Kobe UK, said: “The Elegance collection is inspired by the Art Deco era to create a range of fabrics that make a statement of elegance and grandeur. The collection uses a blend of rich velvets and soft satins to create an ambience of pure luxury in any interior.”

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