SERKAP, with headquarters in Istanbul, has been established in1996 for bringing together under the same roof the companies manufacturing any type of ceramic tiles in the Turkish ceramics industry.
The Turkish ceramic tile industry, which started to develop after 1950s, has managed to have a say today in the world’s ceramic tile production, especially with the major investment attack it carried out after 1990s. Firms among the largest manufacturers in the world with the largest plants carrying out integrated production under a single roof in the world are SERKAP members.
The industry is eighth in the world and third in Europe with its production over 330 million m². The installed capacity, which was 255.1 million m2 in 2002 in the ceramic tile industry, where 24 manufacturers operated, has risen to 430 million m2 in 2013 with a total of 28 manufacturers. The production volume has risen from 162 million m2 to 330 million m2, domestic sales from 89 million m2 to 200 million m2 and exports have gone up from 72.37 million m2 to 88 million m2. The Turkish ceramics industry exports to more than 100 countries in 5 continents. The most important export markets in order are Germany, Israel, U.K., Canada and U.S.A. Turkey, which exports 30 % of its production, is the fourth largest ceramic tile exporter in the world today after China, Italy and Spain. SERKAP members represent a force accounting for 75 % of the total production capacity and 95 % of exports of the industry.
SERKAP’s object may be described as bringing together the manufacturers in Ceramic Tile Sub-Sector, to provide guidance to manufacturers and their employees professionally, socially and economically, to create common areas of collaboration for competitive structuring of members under global competitive conditions and to organize joint action for getting synergic results.
Also, among SERKAP’s fields of operation are increasing market share and creating new uses by enhancing the effectiveness of the products of the ceramics industry in the national market, to make endeavors promoting and increasing the market share of Turkish ceramic ware, to seek solutions to the common problems of members on various topics; to establish institutions, consortiums and societies which will help the scientific, cultural, technological and economic development of the industry, to ensure that the industry takes part in international organizations, to supervise whether the industry’s manufacturing and trade are in conformity with professional ethics and public interest and to help them develop in this regard.