Sanem Dikmen is the owner of European T-shirt Factory (ETF) based in Istanbul, Turkey a key manufacturer to global brands for more than 20 years. She has started her textile career as an apparel agent for European buyers. Later she has worked as private label collection and production manager of a Turkish textile group mainly exporting to Germany.
European Tshirt Factory (ETF) has been established in 1994 with a focus on one single product. The factory was designed for minimum labor and maximum automation model inspired by examples in USA and the capacity has grown up to 7,000,000 t-shirts, annually .
ETF has implemented multiple operating systems with a continuous improvement approach. ETF has so far received 72 awards in international screen printing competitions as well as several prizes for developing different business models .
In 2012, a group of African Textile manufacturers has visited the factory as an educational tour about the implementation of Lean Manufacturing and CSR standards before the world cup in South Africa with the request of Adidas group .
Since 2012, Sanem Dikmen is a Member of the Board at Turkish Textile Manufacturer’s Association.