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Istanbul 12-13.10.2023

Istanbul Apparel Conference and B2B-meetings

Venue: Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul


Please register for the business matchings by 4th September.


Further information

Nilufer Alapinar
Senior Advisor, Region Europe Central
nilufer.alapinar (at)

Business Finland welcomes you to participate in Istanbul Apparel Conference, that is a high-level international conference with Turkish and worldwide audience. On the first day of the conference, Business Finland will organize targeted business matchings with Turkish exporters, garment manufacturers as well as the local subsidiaries of international fashion retailers. The b2b-meetings are targeted for Finnish textile innovation companies that have solutions to create the green transition in the textile industry.

EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will affect Turkish exports to the EU: Türkiye's manufacturing industries need to go green transition in a wide scope of circular economy and green solutions. Türkiye is the 5th biggest exporter in the world and the 3rd biggest supplier to Europe in ready to wear.

The Turkish textile industry has strong drivers promoting further investment in sustainability and in carbon reduction, such as strong regulatory pressure, strict customer and stakeholder demand, and the ambitious targets to maintain international competitiveness to rank in the top 3 suppliers globally. Turkish sustainable transformation strategy, The Green Deal Action Plan, reinforces the existing regulatory guidance, increase the R&D and innovation studies and pressure in the ecosystem.

You can read more about the business opportunity here.

Istanbul Apparel Conference

Following the changes in consumer behaviour, advancement in technology and new regulations at supranational levels, transformation is unavoidable and has many folds especially in manufacturing countries like Türkiye. This year the main theme of the Istanbul Apparel Conference is decided to be “Transformative Journey”, focusing on topics like traceability, transparency in the supply chain, continue to talk on sustainability as an endless journey, explore sustainable new raw materials, renewable energy, and gain new insight in the areas of digitalization and innovation.

12th October, the first day of the conference brings together a wide range of world class speakers from all around the world. Both keynote speakers and panelists are influential professionals in their expertise areas. Among the previous speakers are the founders, CEOs and managers of the world leading international brands and sourcing companies. The first day gives teaches about the market situation and the priorities in the green transition. 

13th October, the second day brings manufacturers and suppliers together with international buying agencies on B2B speed network meetings to promote their business as well as the industry.


The entrance for the Istanbul Apparel Conference cost 250€ / person. The business matching event organized by Business Finland is free of charge, but the participants are responsible for all the other costs and travel arrangements to Istanbul. More information on the practicalities during the conference can be found here.