Ahmet Gecikli | Director of Sales and Marketing

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Ser Mekatronik, founded in 2008, specializes in providing mechanical and electrical / electronic services, upgrading automation systems as well as repairing parts and supplying spare parts to textile finishing machines. It also acts as the Has Group outsourcing solutions partner by assembling machines and providing after-sales service activities. It is followed by the reconditioning of finishing machines of any brand. Ahmet Gecikli, Director of Sales and Marketing at Merkatronik, spoke to Shilpi Panjabi on the effects of the pandemic on the Turkish machinery industry, the benefits of Ser Mekatronik as a Turkish machinery company and the strategy to stimulate demand for its products.

Where does Turkey rank in the world when it comes to textile machinery? What are the advantages of being a Turkish machinery company?

After Germany, Italy and China, Turkey occupies 4th place in the world. We have high quality and latest technology products and profit from the Turkish textile industry.

How do you see the major trends that you witnessed during Covid-19 unfold in 2021 in the textile machinery sector?

After Covid, everyone invested in knitting. All trends have changed; people are now wearing more casual clothes.

With so many events canceled around the world due to the pandemic, what impact have these developments had on the textile machinery sector? Could you elaborate both in terms of orders (since buyers have been so affected) and in terms of shipments (since supply chains have been disrupted)?

Turkey and Uzbekistan are booming. As SER Mekatronik, we are selling more than ever! The local market has been our main market during this period. Orders from China have been transferred to Turkey, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan accelerates…. Shipments affected us to Asia and the Far East, the cost of freight almost doubled. The delivery conditions of European suppliers have been affected due to the Covid. The 8-9 week delivery became 20-22 weeks.

The concept of nearshoring is also gaining momentum. How does this translate into the export / import of textile machinery?

For us, this is good. Since the pandemic occurred, brands / retailers have been hit hard and are likely to cut back on their investments. The markets of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia have been affected. Rest is good.

What could be your strategy to stimulate the overall demand for your machines in the future?

We are investing and trying to expand our production plant. We are working at full capacity and try to keep our quality and delivery conditions intact.

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the respondent and do not reflect the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com in any way.


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