- Dec 25, 2017 -
In the past few years Turkey has enjoyed a very stable stone industry and is one of the largest marble exporters in the world. At present, there are over 1000 mines and nearly 290 stone varieties in the country, of which more than 280 are natural stone varieties. Its main export products are marble, limestone and onyx. Turkey has nearly 1500 factories engaged in stone processing, stone trading company more than 7500, engaged in the stone industry nearly 250,000 staff. However, Turkey's granite production is relatively low. In recent years, a large number of imported granite mainly from China, only because of China's granite product quality and cheap. For stone tools and machinery, before Turkey mainly imported from Italy and Spain, but now more turn to import from China, hoping to cooperate with Chinese stone enterprises.
As early as 1995, Turkey exported only 77 million U.S. dollars of natural stone. In 2006, Turkey's export volume exceeded 1 billion U.S. dollars and the country's stone exports climbed to 1.7 billion U.S. dollars. Turkey Aegean area annual export volume is even more 29% of the rate of increase in 2006, its exports reached 515.5 million U.S. dollars, accounting for 53% of the country's total exports. Turkey's stone exhibition industry also has a long history, as early as in 1998 began to organize stone exhibition. Exhibition for the Turkish import and export trade has a very significant role, while its marketing effectiveness has also risen significantly. At present, the most important exhibitions for the Turkish stone industry are the Istanbul International Stone Fair in Turkey and the Izmir International Stone and Technology Fair in Turkey.
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