Turkey Industry

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Turkey’s powerhouse automotive industry is expected to experience a downturn in 2014, as higher interest rates and a slowing economy cause domestic buyers to hit the brakes on spending. The outlook is likely to remain flat for the rest of the year, though solid exports may help offset some of the localised cooling in the market.
Despite an improved performance so far in 2013, Turkey’s automotive sector is expected to continue to face hurdles over the coming years. The economies in some of its main export markets are underperforming and new challenges are arising from other producers looking to launch a drive into Europe, potentially raising the level of competition at home and abroad.

How was the government’s 2023 export strategy formulated, and what would you say to those who argue that its targets are unrealistic?

Given that exports accounted for around 20% of Turkey’s GDP in 2012 – a good year for export growth – it is clear that the country’s overseas traders are clearly a vital part of its economy. Industry is a major contributor to exports, with manufacturing a particularly vital component of Turkey’s export picture. Yet challenges remain,...

In 2012 metals and metal products were Turkey’s fourth-largest export industry after automotives, chemicals, and textiles and ready-to-wear. Indeed, by 2011 the sector had already reached an all-time high in crude steel production, of 34.1m metric tonnes (MT), while it has long since regained and surpassed the output levels it had before the...

Amid the growth in incomes and the overall economy, Turkey’s retail sector has acquired modern-scale segmentations with plenty of local and foreign players benefitting from rising consumption. Indeed, the sector has expanded rapidly in recent years, with urban centres like Istanbul seeing an array of new shopping centres constructed. Meanwhile,...

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