Technical Assistance to establish Fashion and Textile Cluster – Turkey

Ref 2 Project title Technical Assistance to establish Fashion and Textile Cluster – Turkey
Name of candidate Country Overall project value (EUR) Proportion carried out by candidate (%) No of staff provided Name of client Origin of funding Dates (start/end) Name of partners if any
Euromed Turkey 3,850,000 80 50 Government of Turkey European Commission Jan 2005- ongoing London College of Fashion

Bolton University

ADA

Italian National institute for textile R&D

Detailed description of the project Type of services provided
The Turkish textile and clothing industry has been the backbone of the Turkish economy since the beginning of the 1980s. Trade liberalisation and export-led policies stimulated textile and clothing production and export, and besides low labour costs, skilled workforce, cheap raw materials (including home-grown cotton), and high flexibility of the mills assisted the sector’s substantial growth. The continents of Asia and Europe are connected to each other by Turkey and this brings advantages in terms of freight costs and delivery times compared to many competitors.

The wider objective of the current project can be summarised as to increase the international competitiveness of SMEs in the textile and clothing sectors. This will be by the creation of 3 institutions that will provide the Textile and Clothing Cluster with specialised education and training, research and development assistance, business development and investment promotion services to local and national SMEs involved within the textile and clothing cluster. In addition, there will be a detailed proposal to develop a cluster coordination agency, which will effectively manage these institutions on behalf of the cluster.

The activities to be carried out within the scope of the Project are grouped under three components, namely cluster analysis, investment support and institutional development.

The following concrete outputs are being achieved :

● Cluster Map developed;

● Needs analysis for Textile and Fashion Cluster, which will also include Fashion Institute, Textile & Clothing R&D Centre, Textile & Clothing Consultancy Centre carried out;

● Textile and Fashion Cluster model with management, action and financial plan developed;

● Textile & Clothing equipment needs analysis completed and an investment support model proposed consisting of an investment for common use equipment and/or a grant scheme for SMEs;

● Project fiche(s) including supply tender dossier(s) with technical specifications and/or Call for Proposal for Grant Scheme for SMEs prepared;

● Institutional capacity of ITKIB increased through an updated business plan, a human resource strategy and a plan for the improvement of operational processes within the proposed cluster model and assistance to ITKIB in setting up a Cluster Coordination Agency (CCA) provided;

● SMEs’ training needs analysis completed, proposal for the establishment of the Fashion Institute developed, assistance to ITKIB on the establishment of the institution provided and training programmes for the institute delivered;

● At least 500 people trained to upgrade skills in accordance with the requirements of the sector;

● SMEs’ R&D needs analysis completed, proposal for setting up a Textile & Clothing R&D centre developed, assistance to ITKIB on the establishment of the centre provided and pilot services delivered;

● SMEs’ consultancy needs analysis completed, proposal for setting up a Textile & Clothing Consultancy centre developed, assistance to ITKIB on the establishment of the centre provided and pilot services delivered;

● At least 5 joint projects with stakeholders developed and implemented within the cluster network;

● Publicity and visibility plan designed and activities to promote and publicize the Textile and Fashion Cluster carried out.