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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
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.
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
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
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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