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5th June 2018, Istanbul

Boom in sales of circular knitting machines to Turkey

As one of the world's leading manufacturers of knitted fabrics, Turkey imported 658 circular knitting machines worth US$ 26.4 million in the first 4 months of 2018 – almost three times as many as in the first four months of 2017, according to new government statistics.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, in the January-April period of 2017, Turkey imported just 223 circular knitting machines worth US$ 13 million.

Turkey imported 658 circular knitting machines worth US$ 26.4 million in the first 4 months of 2018. © Hasan Gulveren

The 658 circular knitting machines imported so far this year came from 8 countries - three European countries and 5 countries in the Far East. A total of 145 machines worth US$ 11.2 million were imported from Germany and 37 machines worth US$ 2.5 million were imported from Italy. Interestingly, a total of 165 circular knitting machines worth around US$ 715,000, were imported from the United Kingdom – these are assumed to be second hand machines.

The 658 circular knitting machines imported so far this year came from 8 countries. © TUIK

During the period, most of the machinery imported from the Far East came from China, as would be expected - a total of 188 circular knitting machines worth US$ 6.2 million were imported into the TUIK statistics.

In addition, 24 knitting machines worth US$ 2.7 million were imported from Japan, 65 machines worth US$ 2 million were imported from Taiwan, 19 machines worth US$ 502,000 were imported from Malaysia and 15 machines worth US$ 839,000 were imported from South Korea.

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