The Economic Advisor of the Association of Turkish Construction Material Producers (IMSAD) Prof. Dr. Kerem Alkin said that, “We observe that Turkey is far better than its competitors in view of commodity exports. Local demand will continue contributing to growth in 2016 as well.” Alkin stated that it is important to support exports in order for the Turkish economy to grow between 4 and 5 percent in 2016 and that net exports play an important role in growth. In the meeting held by IMSAD; an important event to be held in Turkey for the first time was announced as well. The SBE16 ISTANBUL Conference will be hosted by IMSAD Turkiye for the first time in Turkey in October 2016 within the framework of The Sustainable Built Environment Conference Series which were held in more than 50 countries worldwide since the year 2000. Supported by our country’s leading universities and non- governmental organizations, the main theme of the conference was defined as “Smart Metropolises – Integrated Solutions for Sustainable and Smart Buildings and Cities” and it will be held with the collaboration of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
The Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz stated that 2016 will be a year of economic leap. Yilmaz said that they have drawn up two main strategies and added, “The first one is to decrease dependence on external sources by increasing savings. The second one is to improve the investment climate compared to our competitors and to implement reforms. Turkey has made its preparations.”
The Air Conditioning Council of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) prepared a comprehensive report including a course of action for the sector to reach its 2023 goals. According to the report, it is estimated that exports of the Turkish air conditioning sector will increase to 25 billion dollars and that the internal market size will reach 35 billion dollars in 2023. It was stated that 60 percent of this is predicted to be met through products and services produced in Turkey. In the report, it was mentioned that the total size of the sector is expected to reach 39 billion dollars in 2023.
The CEO of Daikin Turkey Hasan Onder, said in his review of 2015 that although the economy and the construction sector have slowed down, the air conditioning sector continued its growth. Onder said, “Our sector has reached a growth rate of nearly 8-10 percent this year as well by surpassing the general average. An increase of about 20 percent was observed in the demand for air conditioners in the months of July and August this year. This increase was entirely experienced in view of inverter air conditioners. We are expecting the air conditioning sector to grow within the range of 8-10 percent in 2016. As for the air conditioner market, the demand for split air conditioners is expected to grow by 10 percent whereas the demand for inverter air conditioners is expected to grow by nearly 30 percent.” According to the statement made by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), Turkey’s production and distribution within the electric, gas, vapor and air conditioner sector has risen by 4.1 percent in October on a yearly basis considering the seasonally adjusted data.
As the Turkish housing industry is getting ready to finalize 2015 with the sale of over 1 million 200 thousand houses, the stakeholders of the sector are estimating that new projects will increase housing sales in 2016. The Chairman of KONUTDER Omer Faruk Celik estimated that the housing industry will experience a growth of over 4 percent in 2016. The Turkish Contractors’ Association report stated that infrastructure investments are expected to continue with port, high-speed train, metro and highway projects in 2016. The report mentioned that “it is estimated that the ongoing integrated health premises and hospital projects as well as the urban transformation process and housing sales will continue adding dynamism to the internal market.”
The world is discussing the notion of 4.0th Industrial Revolution. Turkey intensified its studies on the competitive courses of action which will help it obtain a decent position within this competition along with professional organizations, academic environments and industrial constituents. The business community has focused its energy on 2016 after the economic stress of the elections and the regional political upheavals making 2015 a difficult year. Despite the difficulties experienced in 2015, foreign investments in the air conditioning sector continued without any slowdowns. Foreign investments are expected to continue in the renewable energy sector in the new year as much as those in the air conditioning sector. The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inputs of Turkey in the third quarter of 2015 actualized as 12 billion 604 million $. This amount shows that a 32% growth was experienced compared to the same period of the previous year. The 2014 FDI amount was reached through this input recorded as of the first 9 months of 2015.
Oya BAKIR Ph. D.