Turkish natural stone industry exports of processed products increased by 7 percent in 2020 to $ 1 billion 58 million.
İZMİR (İGF) – natural stone exports; It climbed to 426 million dollars with an increase of 12 percent. The share of processed natural stone in EMİB’s exports in 2020 increased to 73 percent.
The Turkish natural stone sector, which is one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 virus, which spread from China to the whole world, is in its exports to China in 2020. He lost 22 percent of blood. The Turkish natural stone industry, whose exports to China decreased from 695 million dollars to 540 million dollars, opened up to new markets by focusing on processed products and covered the wounds caused by the pandemic.
While Turkish natural stone exports decreased by 7 percent in 2020 to $ 1 billion 736 million, processed natural stone exports increased by 7 percent to $ 1 billion 58 million. While the export of processed products in natural stone exports had a share of 53 percent in 2019, the export of processed natural stone increased to 61 percent in 2020.
, while in 2020 582 million dollars in exports of natural stone with natural stone export leader in Turkey, crowned by the success of the processed natural stone exports 426 million US dollars. 73 percent of EMİB’s exports consisted of processed natural stone products. Mevlüt Kaya, chairman of the Aegean Mining Exporters Association, said that China has a 40 percent share in the exports of the Turkish natural stone industry, therefore they felt the effects of the pandemic at the beginning of 2020, and they quickly recovered with the success they achieved in the export of processed products, which is described as a “lost year”. He noted that they survived 2020 with very little damage.
EMİB President Kaya, who defines the 2020 performance of the natural stone industry as an “incredible success”, said, “The desire of the Turkish natural stone industry to succeed in 2020 makes us look at 2021 more hopefully. “We will concentrate on digital marketing in 2021 with the motto” Production by stubbornness, export out of spite “and we will reach our target of 2 billion dollars export in natural stone exports”.
The United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel took the top spot in processed natural stone exports
While the United States was at the top of processed natural stone exports with 325 million dollars, processed natural stone exports to the USA increased by 14 percent. Saudi Arabia, which demanded 125 million dollars of processed Turkish natural stone in 2019, imported 139 million dollars of Turkish natural stone in 2020 with an increase of 11 percent. 74 million dollar amount took place in Israel during the third stage of Turkey’s processed natural stone exports.
Aegean Mine Exporters Union’s processed natural stones While the United States took the first place in exports with 165 million dollars, processed natural stone products worth 43.4 million dollars were sent to Israel. France took the third place in the list by purchasing processed natural stone worth $ 35.5 million from Aegean mine exporters.