Several global apparel buyers, including Newlook, Near East Manufacturing, Colveta, Hermes Otto and Varnern, recently announced that they would increase their orders from Turkey by about 20 per cent. The announcement came at the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association’s (TGSD) 5th Procurement Strategies and Prospects Panel meeting in Istanbul. Apparel exports of $17 bn would increase to $18 bn this year, and would reach around $25 bn in five years, TGSD Chairman Hadi Karasu told the meeting.