World’s greatest exporter and Europe’s greatest manufacturer in cement, Turkey hosted the INTERCEM cement industry conference, one of the biggest meetings of the sector.
The 110th gathering of INTERCEM, world’s leading cement industry conference, is organized in Istanbul between 19th-21st September with the collaboration of Cement, Glass, Ceramics and Soil Products Exporters’ Association (CCSIB). Nearly 500 people from over 60 countries have attended the event including also experts and sector representatives from national and international arena taking place as speakers. Topics discussed in the conferences include; the latest developments in the cement sector, the impacts of Covid-19 and geopolitical developments on the sector, carbon emission and market trends.
CCSIB Deputy Chairman Abdulhamit Akcay has spoken in the opening ceremony and pointed out the importance of Turkey in the global cement sector and mentioned about the impacts of the energy crisis. Akcay has also made a presentation in the conference titled the “Turkish Cement Sector – Present and Future”. Akcay said that Turkey’s total export in cement sector has raised by 30 percent in the January-August period compared to the same period of the previous year and clarified that the year-end cement export target is 1,7 billion dollars with a 30 percent increase compared to the previous year.
Akcay stated that cement sector has a high level of awareness in digitalization and green transformation and remarked that artificial intelligence has begun to be used in most of the processes with quality management coming at the first place and there are efficiency studies and renewable energy investments being made regarding green transformation.
With the “Turkish Cement” brand with which CCSIB is carrying out abroad business activities in cement sector, promotional activities have been carried out in the stands set up in the foyer area alongside the INTERCEM conferences. While sector representatives have conferred about market developments, new trends and products with each other, they also have negotiated for potential cooperations.