Chemistry Industry Workshop Held in Kocaeli. Fikri IŞIK, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology; He said that the export figure in the chemical industry, which was 2000 billion dollars in 2,2, reached 2014 billion dollars in 15,5.
Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık stated that Turkey ranks third in Europe in terms of growth rates in the second quarter and said, “Of course, we still have work to do and steps to take. In particular, we urgently need to implement reform programs that will provide structural transformation in the economy and pave the way for Turkey to make a new leap.”
Kocaeli Chamber of Industry and Turkish Chemical Manufacturers AssociationMinister Işık, who attended the Chemistry Industry Workshop first held in TOSB Automotive Sub-Industry Specialization Organized Industrial Zone, started his speech by wishing God's mercy on the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the unity of the country, peace and welfare of the nation, and condolences to their relatives.
Emphasizing that Turkey will continue to be a powerhouse with its strong democracy, strong social structure and economy while the geography they live in is going through political and economic crises, Işık said, “To further develop the potential, economic value, international reputation, human resources, science and technology production capacity of this country. We will try our best for it. In the upcoming period, we will continue to work with our vision of a qualified economy, a competitive industry and more trained manpower.”
“The turbulent and volatile course in the world economy continues”
Pointing out that the country is going through difficult times, Işık said, “There are serious political developments in our region and unfortunately these directly affect us as well. The turbulent and volatile course in the world economy continues. Despite all these developments, we see that our budget gave a surplus of 8 million liras in the 639 months of this year.
Recalling that the Turkish economy grew by 3,8 percent in the second quarter of the year, Minister Işık continued his words as follows:
“Turkey ranks third in Europe in terms of growth rates in the second quarter. Of course, we still have work to do, steps to take. In particular, we urgently need to implement reform programs that will provide structural transformation in the economy and pave the way for Turkey to make a new leap. We prepared the 25 Priority Transformation Program for this purpose. The preparation of such a comprehensive reform program required a strong political will and we showed this will.
“We focused more on the unique conditions of each sector”
Işık emphasized that as the ministry, they now focus more on the unique conditions of each sector in the industry, and more generally, for all industrial sectors. R&D, clustering, design He explained that they underlined concepts such as these and focused on more specific areas.
Stating that their aim is to solve problems with a common mind, to develop solutions together and to put forward policies that will carry the chemical industry forward, Işık said, “When we look at Turkey, we see that the chemical industry creates more than 23 thousand employments with 290 thousand companies. The operating profitability of the sector in 2014, with 7,3 percent, is above the manufacturing industry average.
Minister Işık expressed that it is pleasing that the export figure of the sector, which was 2000 billion dollars in 2,2, reached 2014 billion dollars in 15,5 and continued as follows:
“Last year, the industry showed a great success by exporting to 189 different countries, but last year, we made 15,5 billion dollars of imports against 40 billion dollars of exports. Such a foreign trade deficit, of course, is not acceptable. Last year, the ratio of our exports to imports was 65 percent. Chemical industryOn the other hand, we see that this rate is only around 38 percent. Considering that our country's foreign trade deficit in 2014 is 84,5 billion dollars, nearly 30 percent of this is due to the chemical industry. This deficit is mainly caused by the importation of intermediate goods by our industrialists. Due to the inadequacy of domestic production, the industrialists are forced to import. Most of the imported intermediate goods are petrochemical products.”
“This table reveals how critical the production of intermediate goods is”
Emphasizing that this picture clearly reveals how critical and strategic the production of intermediate goods is, Işık said that if they can start to produce intermediate goods that industrialists need, they will both reduce imports and increase exports.
Light, TUBITAK Chemical Technology Institute'Pointing out that they have carried out very important R&D projects in Turkey, they have achieved various outputs such as cellulose derivatives, missile fuel, asphalt additives, methanol, azido polymer or high-energy explosives, and that the experience gained in these projects will be a serious resource for the real sector in the medium term. told me it would.
Stating that they also developed the test and laboratory infrastructure needed by the real sector in the projects they carried out at the Institute, Işık added that in this context, two important projects, especially the test and analysis of boron and other minerals, and the test and analysis of polymer technologies, continue successfully.
In the meeting, which was closed to the press after the speech of Minister Işık, a presentation was made on the situation of the chemical industry, while the representatives of the sector expressed their problems and demands.
Source: Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology