BURSA, Turkey Turkish
steel producers are aiming to reach $55 billion in annual
exports by 2023, according to Namik Ekinci, chairman of the
Turkish Iron and Steel Producers Association.
"To reach this target, we need
to find new markets and we need to increase our (output) and
production range," Ekinci said.
Despite economic crises in
Europe and political problems in the Middle East and North
Africa, Turkey has succeeded in increasing its production and
exports, the association said.
Turkeys exports totaled
about 20 million tonnes in 2012, up around 10 percent from the
previous year, and the value of the exports hit an estimated
$15.7 billion, a 2-percent increase, Ekinci said at a meeting
on the industrys new five-year plan.
"We are organizing visits to
meet the target country buyers, steel consumers, media
companies and government departments, while also advertising
the Turkish steel industry," Ekinci said. "We have already
visited Chile, Peru, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria,
Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania in only one year."
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel