THE PANEL INDUSTRY IN TURKEY BY PIETRO STROPPA
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27 October 2017

THE PANEL INDUSTRY IN TURKEY BY PIETRO STROPPA

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To give look the original Report Datalignum Magazine N° 264 surfing in www.datalignum.com and click inside the cover. The panel industry in Turkey is fairly young, in fact, the first plants installed date back to the fifties. Over the years, production development has resulted in an increase in the number of panel manufacturers, especially in the chipboards and MDF sector.

The first industry to produce MDF in Turkey was Camsan, with the start-up of the Ordu factory in July 1984. The most important industry are:
• Kastamonu Entegre (see the report in this Datalignum 264) was founded in 1969 in Istanbul and the first plant to produce chipboard panels was installed in the city of Kastamonu, after which the company is named. Since then, thanks to the considerable investments, the industry has continued to develop its productive capacity and is business. Today the company is ranking nr. 4 in Europe and nr. 7 in the world with a total production capacity of 5 million m3/year.
• Yildiz Entegre, over the last few years the company has grown considerably. This is particularly surprising in view of the fact that it only began producing panels in November 2001. The other company with the Yildiz name (Yildiz Sunta and Yildiz MDF) and Starwood haven’t not the same owner, but are a family company of the cousins. Yildiz Entegre, having one of the largest capacities of MDF under one roof with the capacity of 3,400 m³/day. Yildiz Entegre, employing total 1.700 persons, is on the way to full integration fitting its commercial title. In February 2012 the Group acquired the chipboard and MFC producer Masstas Sunta in Mudurnu/Bolu.
• Teverpan. In 1987, the family split the business into two groups. Tever continued the production activity and the Teverpan industry was thus created with the Cerzekoy based factory. The last production start-up was the production-line for door-skin panel. We publish the map to Turkey with location of the panel industries and the name, addresses, phone numbers, fax, e-mail & web, of producers, with the table of 5 typologies. To learn about the current situation of the Panels Industry in Turkey, we met Mr. Ferhat Naci Güngör, Brand and Corporate Communications Manager of Kastamonu Entegre. In June, he issued an interview with the EPF (European Panel Federation), which was published on the Annual Report 2017 during the Annual Assembly held in Porto/Portugal last June. We thank Ferhat Naci Güngör and EPF who also allow our publishing house to publish this interview: “ Today, Turkey’s total wood based panel production capacity is ranking nr. 4 in the world after China, USA and Canada. Turkey ranks first in Europe and second worldwide in fiberboard (MDF) production; third in Europe and fifth worldwide in particleboard production; and second in Europe and third worldwide in laminate flooring production. Turkey’s wood-based panel sector has a total installed capacity of 11.8 million m3 and a capacity utilization rate between 75-85%.
In 2016, the Turkish wood-based panel sector’s production rose by 2% over the prior year to reach a production capacity of 9.37 million m3. Significantly contributing to this increase were the MDF facility, with a capacity of 400 thousand m3/year commissioned by Starwood; and the MDF facility, with a capacity of 360 thousand m3/year commissioned by Çamsan Bodurlar. As a result of Turkey’s strategic geographic location, its domestic wood industry has access to a market of 1.5 billion consumers in the Middle East, North Africa, the CIS and Europe. Turkey’s wood and forestry products sector posted annual growth rates between 8 and 10% over the last decade, giving significant impetus to the Turkish economy. The Turkish economy recorded a relatively modest growth rate of 3.1% in 2016. Apparent consumption of particleboard declined by 9.2% amounting to 3.7 million m3 and is expected to remain at this level in 2017. The majority of the sales in 2016 were sold to trade (60%) and directly to industry (35%). The end was mainly furniture (90%), with the remaining 10% going to construction. Production capacity in 2016 remained stable at 5.5 million m3 and is expected to remain at the same level in 2017.  MDF production in 2016 decreased by 0.4% compared to the previous year, amounting to 4.75 million m3. However, it is expected to make an upturn in 2017, increasing to 5 million m3. Imports decreased as well, by 21.8% and they are set to decline even more in the following year, whereas exports grew by 1.6% and they will continue to do so in 2017. Apparent consumption declined by 2.6% amounting to 4.446 million m3. This is set to slightly recover in 2017 to more than 4.6 million m3. Turkey produced mainly melamine faced (65%) and raw particleboard (25%), while the rest was dedicated to veneered (5%), HPL (2%), moisture resistant (2%) and fire retardant (1%). As for the thickness, 60% of MDF was more that 9mm, while the categories of between 5 and 9mm and of less than 5% each accounted for 20%. The majority of the production in 2016 was used for furniture (65%) and laminate flooring (20%), moldings (10%) and the remaining 5% went to the building industry. Production capacity increase by 16% to 6.82 million m3 and it is expected to rise even more in 2017 to 7.1 million m3.” For more information contact our Publishing House:

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