“IF MINING GOES WRONG CERAMIC EXPORT GOES WRONG”


In the second of the Mineral in Industry Panel series organized by Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association (IMIB), ceramic industry is put under the scope. It's highlighted in the panel that a possible setback that may occur in the industry, can negatively affect export and production in ceramics as well as in all other fields.


Carrying on studies for the development of mining industry, Istanbul Mineral Exporters Association (IMIB) has discussed ceramic industry in detail in the second of the Mineral in Industry Panel series they organized in online platform.


Mentioning about mining industry's relation with ceramics in the panel, TIM (Turkish Exporters Assembly) Chairman of Mining Industry Council and IMIB Chairman of Board of Directors Aydın Dincer said as follows: “Ceramic industry is making important contributions to export and domestic market. Companies that increase their investments on this field, want to supply raw materials from domestic sources. When they can't supply it domestically they have to export it and thus lose their competitive capacities. In this means, mining industry is in a position as an important stakeholder of ceramic industry. A setback that may happen in our industry, will negatively affect the export and production also in ceramics as well as in all other fields. In order to prevent this happening, we should produce our own resources of minerals and make this sustainable. For this reason, we should speed up prospection activities especially in mining industry, find new resources for future investments and bring these in to economy fast. This way we would be able to solve the raw material supply which will actualize the industrial investments.”


The perception of denial of mining activities will bring our industry to a deadlock

Drawing attention to the decrease in prospection activities and operating license numbers in recent years, Dincer continues as: “Eco-friendly mining practices should be developed and sustainable production should be maintained. If a perception rises on the denial of mining practices, all our industry will be brought to a big deadlock. On the other hand, mineral investors are recently avoid investing for the prospection and operating licenses in legislations lasting long. In this case, we also abandon prospecting the resources which will provide raw materials for future investments. This is worrying for the future of the industry. Thereby we should take actions fast especially in forest and land use permits. Ministry of energy and Natural Resources are taking significant steps for this recently but there are hold-ups come across in forest permit proceedings.”


Demand to raw material increased in world


Stating out that rising raw material prices is caused by increased input costs, Dincer spoke as follows: “High fuel costs, permit charges and land allocation ratios further increases the input costs. In addition, demand to raw material has increased in the world and when the desired levels in production has not been met, this becomes another element that pushed the prices up. We estimate the prices will be more stable in the coming period.”


Dincer emphasized that mining industry has a critical role in terms of applying the Green Consensus and cited that manufacturing of panels and turbines used in wind and solar power is dependent on minerals. Dincer also underlined that, in parallel with the increasing use of electric vehicles, lithium is a necessity for the batteries of these vehicles and added that the need for mining in green transformation is increasing day by day.