Sümerbank’s Cry

One of the first projects initiated by the young republic for economic development is the Nazilli Sümerbank Fabric Printing Factory.

About 120 Soviet engineers and installers worked in the factory, which was established with a loan of 7 million TL received from the USSR to be paid as citrus.

Production in the factory, which was included in the first 5-year development plan, started on October 9, 1937.

Nazilli Sümerbank Fabric Printing Factory had a modern production model. It had research laboratories, a school, a hospital, a nursery, social facilities, art and sports facilities.

Economic and social rights of employees were very good. The workers were given from the products they produce every year.

In the first year the factory was opened, it produced 8.5 million meter printed fabric. For years, women, men, children, and everyone wore dresses and garments sewn from colorful printed fabrics produced in this factory.

Over the time, the factory did not get renewed in accordance with the changing conditions, the production rates dropped and it was sold out when the privatization was trending. After that, although various supports were given, the competition conditions imposed by the global economy worked against it.

The printied fabric production of the factory drops to 2.3 million meters in 2002. On July 31, 2003, it was closed on the grounds that it was losing money, and the production adventure lasting for 66 years came to an end.

Most of the machines are sold for scrap, the rest are left to decay.

However, even today, many materials, machines and documents worth to be exhibited in an industrial museum remain here and there in the factory.

Şevket Süreyya Aydemir reports that Atatürk said, "This is the music, the music of the industry." after listening to the sound of the machines at the opening of the Nazilli Fabric Printing Factory.

The “music of industry” turned into a silent cry after 67 years.