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About the Competitive Sectors Programme (CSP)

“From Design to Production: Digital Transformation of Apparel Sector in Türkiye” (METAMORPHOSIS) Project is co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Türkiye and carried out by the Ministry of Industry and Technology within the framework of the Competitive Sectors Programme.

The Competitive Sectors Programme (CSP) is an umbrella program that is designed to increase the competitiveness of businesses in domestic and foreign markets and that gathers Operational Programs implemented for 7-year periods  within  the  context  of  financial  cooperation between the 

European Union and the Republic of Türkiye.  Implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Türkiye, the CSP aims to increase productivity, accelerate industrialization, and develop a competitive production structure for exports.

In the 2014-2020 period, the CSP is being implemented as the “Competitiveness and Innovation Operational Program (CIOP)” to support project ideas, including those for R&D and innovation, aimed at increasing our country’s competitiveness by reducing the foreign trade deficit and increasing productivity.

The CSOP provides financial support to projects aimed at contributing to the transformation of the manufacturing industry, introducing new technologies to SMEs, implementing R&D activities, promoting public-private partnerships, using innovative production methods, and developing new products.

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Apparel and textile sectors are at the center of the Turkish economy, since they represent approximately 6.7 percent of GDP, and 14 percent of total production and 26 percent of total employment in the manufacturing industry.

The overall objective of the METAMORPHSIS Project, whose beneficiary is Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB), is to ensure Turkish apparel and textile sectors' integration with the global value chain actors by increasing the competitiveness of the apparel and textile companies and intermediary institutions. The project aims to increase the competitiveness of SMEs operating in the apparel and textile sectors in Turkey by ensuring the digital transformation and compliance with the international practices while bringing eco-friendly solutions.

The main outputs aimed to be achieved as a result of the project activities are as follows:

  • Development digital transformation roadmap for the apparel and textile sectors and increasing the digital competency of these sectors;

  • Development of training and consultancy services and delivering for the digital transformation and social compliance requirements of these sectors;

  • Building out and implementing new test and analysis services to increase textile applications in an environmental-friendly production approach in compliance with international standards.


IHKIB: The overall objective of the METAMORPHOSIS Project, whose beneficiary is the Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association, is to increase the competitiveness of enterprises and intermediary companies in the apparel and textile sectors and to integrate the Turkish apparel and textile sectors into global value chains. The project aims to provide SMEs operating in the apparel and textile sectors in Türkiye with digital transformation, compliance with international practices, and environmentally friendly solutions, and thus increase their competitiveness.

The main outputs aimed to be achieved as a result of the project activities are as follows:

  • A digital transformation roadmap is developed for the apparel and textile sectors and the digital competency of these sectors is increased;

  • Training and consultancy services are developed and delivered for the digital transformation of these sectors and social compliance requirements;

  • New testing and analysis services are developed and implemented to increase textile applications in an environmentally friendly production approach in compliance with international standards.


Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (İHKİB) was established in 1978 and initiated the export thrust in Türkiye. İHKİB best represents the Turkish Apparel Sector and aims to maximize the exports by the sector in both qualitative and quantitative terms. İHKİB is one of the most important organizations in the sector and provides various services for its members, the total of which make 70 percent of the exports of the sector. Accordingly, it provides support for all kinds of trade-related activities and conduct studies for its members to adapt to the rapid transformation process around the world. In line with its goal of making Istanbul a fashion center and Anatolia a production base, it conducts research and reporting, corporate communication, event, organization, training activities, consultancy services, projects, fairs, and publication activities.

İHKİB protects the interests of the Turkish apparel industry within the country, in the international arena and before the government and carries out the following activities to support the exports of its member companies:

  • represent the apparel sector before government agencies; convey the questions and problems of the sector to the relevant authorities and follow-up the issues to secure production of relevant solutions;

  • organize training events and carry out design and innovation studies to bring skilled labour to the sector;

  • organize events and organizations to support Turkish apparel sector for exporting value-added products and introduce the capacity of the Turkish fashion industry to the world; (Koza Young Fashion Designers Competition, Fashion Week Istanbul)

  • organize P&D clustering projects to strengthen the competitive structure of sub-sectors;

  • support its members regarding digital transformation, fashion design and laboratory tests for products to be exported and facilitate their access to national and international funding sources;

  • cooperate with peer organizations in the target markets aimed at increasing the recognition of and promoting Turkish products in the international arena;

  • organize meetings and webinars for guiding exporting companies and the sector and increasing awareness; 

  • carry out studies with the relevant Ministries for investment incentive mechanisms aimed at enhancing the production and technological capacity of the sector;

  • organize virtual or face-to-face exhibitions to showcase the capability of the sector to the world and send delegations to other international exhibitions; 

  • develop projects aimed at supporting its members and the sector within the framework of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability;

  • make efforts to ensure that exporting companies benefit from export-oriented supports of the government as much as possible.

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Digital Transformation Centre

The Digital Transformation Centre (DDM) was established on an indoor area of ​​1,362 m² with an aim to examine good practices related to digital transformation in other sectors, follow up the ever-evolving and changing ecosystems on a sector basis and guide SMEs in adapting these technologies. Accordingly, DDM carries out activities to create an appropriate infrastructure for today’s requirements, increase digital skills of companies operating in the apparel and textile sectors and innovative entrepreneurs. DDM was structured, from the design stage to production, with state-of-the-art equipment and software in line with today’s new and global operating system. The center determines the level of digital maturity of the sector through its high-tech infrastructure serving the sector, offers consultancy services and digital solutions in the fields of new generation production and design, and aims to lead the companies in the way to digitalization by delivering training in such fields as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, robotics, big data management, 3D design, and 3D molding.

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Ekoteks Laboratuvar ve Gözetim Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. was established in 1998 by IHKIB (Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association). It has an internationally recognized TS EN ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory Accreditation and operates to provide support to domestic brands and the Turkish textile sector. With its various laboratory departments and experienced and dynamic staff, the company makes precise tests for all fabrics, sewn products, and accessories, serving more than 3,000 local and international entities throughout the world.

İstanbul Moda Academy

Serving as a fashion training platform for today and the future, the Istanbul Moda Akademisi is one of the most competent fashion schools in Türkiye and delivers training in all relevant fields with an innovative and modern approach. The aim of IMA is to bring creative and innovative labour, who will shape the future, to the apparel and textile sectors, which are considered the main pillars of Türkiye’s manufacturing industry, and to train fashion designers who will increase the competitiveness of the sectors. The IMA adapts internationally proven systems and structures to its structure, maintains a strategic academic partnership with the University of Arts London/London College of Fashion; besides, it holds a seat in the board of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). With an education building equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the largest fashion library in Türkiye, the IMA is among the most distinguished schools in fashion education around the world.


This Project is co-financed by the
European Union and Republic of Türkiye
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