Turkish cement exports increase by 68%

The total export volume of Turkish clinker and cement increased by 68% in 2019 to 23 million tonnes.
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / March 5, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
TÇMB chairman Tamer Saka said that Turkey is the second biggest cement exporter in the world
TÇMB chairman Tamer Saka said that Turkey is the second biggest cement exporter in the world

The total export value of the Turkish cement sector increased by 44% year on year to US$877m.

Dr. Tamer Saka, who has been re-elected as chairman of the Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TÇMB), said that the Turkish cement sector is the leader in Europe in terms of cement production and is the second biggest cement exporter in the world.

Saka, who has been chairman of the TÇMB board since July 2019, said after his re-election that Turkey exports cement to more than 100 countries, with the most important markets being the USA, Israel, Ghana and Ivory Coast. 

In January 2020 cement exports totalled 1.1 million tonnes, while clinker exports were 1.3 million tonnes. 

"Our forecast is that the Turkish cement sector will grow by approximately 2% in domestic sales and 15% in exports this year,” Saka added.

The TÇMB has also appointed Adil Sani Konukoğlu as deputy chairman and Nihat Özdemir, Ali Pastonoğlu, Gökhan Bozkurt, and Fatih Yücelik were appointed as vice chairmen.