%7,7 GROWTH DESPITE THE PANDEMIC

Cement, Glass, Ceramics and Soil Products Exporters Association (ÇCSİB) shared its’ exportation datas of 2020. ÇCSIB and TSF Chairman Erdem Cenesiz clarified the fact that the 2020 exportation has exceeded 3,9 billion dollars with 7,7 percent growth despite the pandemic and said that the domestic added value has raised 2,5 billion dollars in one year and about 21 billion dollars in the last decade.

Cement, Glass, Ceramics and Soil Products Exporters Association (ÇCSİB), shared the exportation datas of these sectors in 2020 and the added value created, in the press meeting organized online. In the meeting organized with the participation of ÇCSİB Chairman of Board of Directors Erdem Cenesiz, Deputy Chairmen Feyyaz Unal and Tansu Kumru Başkan, it’s clarified that the exportation of sectors under the association has raised to 4 billion dollars.


ÇCSİB Chairman of Board of Directors Erdem Cenesiz stated out that sectors under the association has maintained their steady growth graph despite the panemic’s compelling conditions and said “While ceramics sector has realized an exportation of 1,3 billion dollars and 6,6 percent growth in 2020, cement sector has accomplished a significant success with 1,1 billion dollars exportation and 27,3 percent growth. And glass sector has made it up nearly to the numbers of the previous year with 865 million dollars exportation even though it prioritizes the domestic market. In conclusion of all these, total exportation of all the sectors under our association has exceeded 3,9 billion dollars and stepped up to 4 billion dollars.”



Domestic added value three times the Turkey’s average


Erdem Cenesiz remarked that the domestic added value created by cement, glass and ceramics sectors is three times the Turkey’s average and said “The domestic added value rate of our ceramics sector is 82 percent meaning that 82 dollar of each 100 dollar exportation is left in our country. This rate is reaching up to 79 percent in glass sector and 68 percent in cement sector. Our three main sectors has created a domestic added value of 2,5 billion dollars in 2020 and provided a net foreign currency return of this amount for our country. And from the 27,6 billion dollars total exportation of again these three main sectors in the last decade, the domestic added value and the net foreign currency provided for our country is 21 billion dollars” in his speech.


The power of production, supply and logistics


Cenesiz has stated out that Turkey has showed the world its’ power of production, supply and logistics during the pandemic and continued his words; “Our country has gone in for an important exam during the pandemic and proven that it’s one of the most successful countries in the world in production, supply and logistics. We have never set our production back despite the tough times; our factories worked, our ports kept on their activities, our lorries kept on shipping to Europe. This is the fellow success of the private and the public sector and was noticed by the suppliers all around the world with Europe and USA coming at the first place thus we were able to increase our share in distant markets. When we look from the aspect of all the sectors under the association we can see that the countries we export to most are USA, Israel, Germany, UK, Italy and France and this proves it all. With this tide we will be continuing to open up to new markets, grow and create added value for our country. Our goal in 2021 is to realize a 7,5 percent growth and an exportation of 4,2 billion dollars. We believe that if we extend especially the marine and railroad transportation domestically and take place among the important trade centers and contracted logistics systems abroad our exportation will increase more.”

Design culture is advancing


Erdem Cenesiz mentioned about the design culture which has gained much more importance in Turkey in recent years and the contributions of innovational products to exportation and said “While the products of European desginers were being presented as a pride in the past years now we receive appreciation allaround the world with the works of Turkish designers. Especially the rising generation is putting their signature under very successful jobs with their knowledge, skills and confidence. In this context we closely follow up the trends and even specify them in many products. Thank to our design power, we even begin to sell products to China, the biggest ceramic manufacturer of the world. As for the glass sector, we brought into something new to contribute to the human health during the pandemic and we developed a 100 percent domestic coating technology, the V-Block Technology which kills viruses and bacteria on glass surfaces.”


Energy costs are effecting the exportation success


ÇCSİB Chairman Cenesiz remarked that the competitiveness in energy costs directly redounds on exportation and continued his words; “Our energy costs were not this much competitive in the past but the energy policies implemented especially for the last one year, made us gradually catch up the competitiveness. As long as we maintain and rise up this competitiveness we can achieve our exportation goals. For instance it’s very important for natural gas prices not being above the spot markets because spot natural gas prices in the world are rapidly changing and competitors are marking down the prices with the aggrements they make. After the balancing due to the currency in 2020, we’re also not at high prices right now but the more we’re at low the more we become competitive. Similarly, it would increase our competitiveness to mark down the coal prices which showed a significant increase last year and actualize incentive practices in exportation that will balance the high energy costs of industrial enterprises.”


Erdem Cenesiz emphasized that Turkey needs a competitive exchange rate policy to increase its’ global share in exportation and said “As a producing and exporting country with a young population, one of the most important terms to be able to compete the world at all sectors, is an exchange rate policy that would support exportation. As long as we provide this we will be keeping on producing, exporting and taking place at top rows in global markets.”