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Turkish Ceramics

History
When creating civilization, the human being first used water, then earth and lastly fire. Eventually, all of them together. Human brain, human creativeness and human skill came to action. Water, earth and fire came together in Anatolia 8,000 years ago where the oldest legends of humanity were experienced. In that rich geography, which has opened its doors to countless civilizations like Lidia, Hittites, Urartu, Byzantium, Seljuki and Ottoman through history, hosted different cultures on its bountiful soil witnessing the most important transformations in human history… Whilst first ce... Read more
Design
In the significant rise of the Turkish ceramics industry, the commitment to product development has a major share beside the strategy of continuous investment in production technology. Turkish ceramic firms, which have expanded their product range progressively, gaining the flexibility of renovation depending on the requirements of the competitive environment in global markets in the field of ceramic tile and sanitary ware, have reached the point of forming a “Turkish Identity” which will enhance the chance to compete in product design as well. Here, indeed, the source of inspirati... Read more
Technology
The ceramic production tradition, which started on Anatolian soil 8,000 years ago in Alacahöyük, coming to our day going through the Seljuki, Byzantium and Ottoman periods, has gained an industrial dimension in 1950s. The Turkish ceramics industry, which started production in industrial sense, has become one of the largest ceramics manufacturers in the world in this time period which may be deemed quite short. Its becoming the third largest manufacturer in Europe in tiles with a production of 180 million m2 and again, the third largest in ceramic sanitary ware with productio... Read more
Energy
The ceramics industry is a sector rather consuming intense energy due to the firing and drying processes during production. The share of energy among production costs of the ceramics industry is quite high compared to other sectors. The energy cost is about 30 % in the Ceramic Tile sector and 20 % in the Ceramic Sanitary Ware sector. Therefore, energy prices are of great importance in the ceramics industry. In our industry, presently, three main fuels as natural gas, LPG and LNG are in use in our industry. The breakdown of energy consumed by firms by type are as follows. ... Read more
Employment
The ceramics industry is a sector with high contribution to the employment in our country. Our industry employs 220,000 people. Together with their families, 1 million people make a living out of this industry. High tax and social insurance burdens on employment increase costs and affect the competitiveness of the sector in the world adversely. ... Read more
Quality
All firms producing ceramic tile have ISO 9001 certificates While on the one hand making investments in technology, the Turkish ceramics manufacturers have set as a target for themselves a continuous improvement on work processes by the quality management systems developed starting from especially early 90s. The ceramics firms which all have ISO 90001 certificates, have documents showing conformity of their products to the standards of applicable countries as they export to almost all regions of the world. Production depending on each country’s own habits and tastes CAD-C... Read more
Value Added
The Ceramics Industry Is a Sector with the Highest Value Added For our country to attain a sustainable economic growth, the “Value Added” in production must be generated more in the country. Because the development of the “Value Added” known as “Domestic Production” in the country forms the basic source of social welfare by way of more production and employment. The percentage of foreign inputs among raw materials, auxiliary materials and other operating materials used in production of ceramic tile and ceramic sanitary ware is very low. The imports made for the ... Read more
Freight
Transportation costs in the ceramics industry holds a very important place among total cost due to the nature of ceramic ware. The fact that the transportation network in the country is predominantly land based and inadequate sea and railway links cause the transportation cost of the sector in the domestic and also export markets to be high. Domestic carriage of products from their areas of production and transportation from Istanbul-Şile and Aydın-Milas regions where the most important raw material deposits are situated, to production areas cannot be carried out effectively as th... Read more
Global Position
Turkey is the world’s sixth and Europe’s third largest ceramic tile producer. The tradition of ceramic production, which started 8,000 years ago on Anatolian soil, has been moved to an industrial dimension starting from the second half of 20th Century and the Turkish ceramic tile industry has managed to have a say in the world ceramic tile production today by way of investments made especially after 1990. With its production over 220 milyon m², Turkey is the world’s sixth and Europe’s third largest ceramic tile manufacturer. » Turkey is Europe’s third and the worl... Read more

 

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