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 Turkish furniture exports quadruple in past 6 years
[April 30, 2024]

Tš¹rkiye's furniture exports quadrupled in the past six years, reaching $8 billion in 2023.

Huseyin Taklaci, head of the Turkish woodworking federation, told Anadolu that 147 professional chambers and 100,000 tradespeople contribute to the country's economy with exports at a furniture show expo held in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.

Taklaci said they need more research and development centers for furniture manufacturers to be more prominent exporters with their own style.

¡®Anatolian furniture-makers produce value-added products'

Taklaci pointed out that 93% of raw materials in the sector are procured by the country's national resources.

¡°Given the necessary support, the furniture manufacturing sector will remain as a foreign currency input to our country,¡± he said.

¡°Especially our member companies, micro and medium-sized enterprises need more support to expand.

"When these demands are met, Tš¹rkiye's export figures will go even higher, as Anatolian furniture-makers produce value-added products,¡± he added.

Taklaci also mentioned that the furniture sector is developing in the cities of Kayseri, Ankara, Bursa, and Adana.

¡°We had an exports figure of $2 billion in 2018, $3 billion in 2019, $5.5 billion in 2020, $6.9 billion in 2021, $7.4 billion in 2022, and close to $8 billion in 2023,¡± he said.

He noted that production and exports will rise when the General Directorate of Forestry provides wood to factories at better prices, and he estimates higher exports for 2024.

Taklaci highlighted that China is currently the world leader in furniture exports, and Tš¹rkiye ranks ninth worldwide as of now.

Source: timeturk.com