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TURKEY CONTRACT FURNITURE INDUSTRY

 

Furniture production in Turkey dates back to the 19th century and was carried out in small

workshops as artisan production. However, due to rapid globalization and other factors,

the present furniture industry is becoming a fashion sector with more intense information

and capital. And today, furniture is produced both in workshops and industrial-scale

manufacturing units.

 

According to the latest available statistics, the number of companies producing office and

home furniture in the sector is around 30,000, employing around 100,000 people. In

addition, Istanbul Chamber of Industry’s list of the top 500 industrial establishments of

Turkey includes six furniture companies. According to the list, these six companies are;

Boytaş Mobilya San. ve Tic. A.Ş, Merkez Çelik San. ve Tic. A.Ş, Merinos Halı Sanayi ve

Tic. A.Ş, İstikbal Mobilya San. ve Tic. A.Ş, Major SKT Oto Donanım San. ve Tic. A.Ş. and

Teknik Malzeme Tic. ve San. A.Ş.

 

In Turkey, the furniture industry is clustered in certain regions where the market is

concentrated and/or where forest products are abundant. These are Istanbul, Ankara,

Bursa (İnegöl), Kayseri, Izmir and Adana.

 

Furniture production can be classified in accordance with the materials used as wooden

furniture (massive and veneered), metal furniture and others. Wooden furniture has the

major share in total furniture production.

 

The method of marketing (retailing, wholesaling, contracting, etc.) is another important

classification for the furniture industry. Contracting is an important way of supplying the

services connected with the construction and furnishing of residential and non-residential

structures. Today, many Turkish companies carry out designing projects, production and

mounting of every fixed and non-fixed element of home, office, hotel, restaurant, hospital,

airport etc. in both the domestic and foreign market.

 

Contract furniture is greatly dependent on the activities of the building, commercial and

tourism sectors. These sectors have an important share in the Turkish economy and their

recent entrance into a phase of growth has also clearly boosted the furniture industry, and

accordingly, contract furniture. Today, contract furniture is very much in demand and there

is increasing interest from architects, construction firms and international buyers who are

involved in the furnishing of hotels, airports, residential and non-residential units, shopping

centers, malls, supermarkets, restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities, etc.

 

As with many other consumer products, furniture production is sensitive to changes in

fashion. Since furniture design is an important aspect of marketing, Turkish furniture

manufacturers, designers and contractors are constantly following consumer preferences

in foreign markets, individual or institutional demands, and introduce new designs and

make model variations and improvements. With the strong textile industry, the furniture

industry also has the advantage of being able to use and monitor a wide range of colorful

new fabric collections as upholstery.

 

 

EXPORTS

 

Turkey’s furniture exports have had an upward trend in recent years. In the last ten years,

exports of Turkish furniture increased from US$ 192,1 million in 2001 to roughly US$

1,607.3 million in 2011. This is mainly due to improvements in capacity, quality and design.

The export figure for 2011 was US$ 1,607 million, representing an increase of 18% with

respect to the previous year. Main export products were wooden furniture (excl. for offices,

kitchens and bedrooms, and seats), wooden furniture for bedrooms (excl. seats) and seats

for motor vehicles. In 2011, Turkey ranked third in the world exports of seats convertible

into beds.

 

In 2011, Turkey exported furniture to 172 countries throughout the world. The main

markets for furniture exports were Iraq, Germany, Azerbaijan and France. In recent years,

Turkish furniture companies have been establishing showrooms and depots in increasing

numbers in most of these countries.

 

There is close connection between exports of Turkish furniture and exports in the contract

sector. For years, Turkish contractor companies, who have received commissions from

abroad, have completed many housing complexes, tourism projects, hospitals, airports

and health center projects, most of which were decorated by Turkish contractors and

furniture, which in turn increased exports in the furniture industry.

 

Turkish furniture is designed and made from the highest quality materials to ensure

comfort, performance and attractive appearance over a very long life. Different styles are

produced such as classical, traditional and contemporary. Thanks to its designers and

architects combined with its flexible production capacity, the Turkish furniture industry is

able to satisfy the requirements of all individual and institutional consumers throughout the

world.

 

Today, with all these aspects of the furniture industry, Turkey is among the most promising

furniture suppliers in the world.

 

 

TRADE FAIRS IN TURKEY

 

Turkish furniture is exhibited in many international and local fairs organized in Turkey. In 2012, over 20 fairs

will be organized in this sector.

Some of them are;

 

􀂃 MODEKO 2012 Izmir Furniture Fair, in Izmir, in April

􀂃 ANKAMOB 2012 Ankara Furniture Fair, in Ankara, in April

􀂃 K.MOB 2012 Kayseri Furniture Fair, in Kayseri, in April

􀂃 MODEFEXPO 2012 Furniture and Decoration Fair, in Bursa, in April and in October

􀂃 ZOW 2012 Furniture Components and Accessories Fair, in Istanbul, in September

􀂃 Furniture Decoration Fair 2012 of Turkey, in Ankara, in October

􀂃 INTERMOB 2012 15. International Furniture Related Industry, Accessories, Forestry

Products and Wood, in Istanbul, in October

 

􀂃 Adana Furniture - Decoration Fair 2012, in Adana, in October

 

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