Turkey Leather Industry Association (TDSD) Chairman John Uyguner, said in a statement to the AA correspondent on developments in the sector, said the leather sector of the fashion show and fluctuated in accordance with resolutions of international brands.
Stating that substitute products such as artificial materials and the misleading advertising activities of the manufacturers of this product on the consumer also play an important role in the sectoral trade volume, Uyguner said:
“In our country the leather sector is also the world moves parallel to other leather manufacturers in the country. The last 5 years when viewed being a judge in a fluctuated along with the volume of trade was generally downward direction. Turkey concordat announced the domestic market, shoe chain we do assessment in particular was one of the major negative factors. On the other hand We have seen that the current problems continue in terms of Russia and EU countries, our two main markets. The recovery process has started with Russia, but there is still a very low trade volume compared to the past, and the downward trend in export figures continued this year.
Uyguner stated that the value chain of the leather sector starts with the raw leather supply process from slaughterhouses and combines, continues as raw leather traders, leather processing plants and leather products manufacturers, and that there are also chemical suppliers in the leather processing process, considering the whole value chain, 250-300 thousand He said that direct employment was created for the person. John Uyguner the increased presence of animals in Turkey in terms of the quality of the leather sector to create added value would be stressed very helpful.
NEW INVESTMENTS ARE EXPECTED FROM EXISTING LEATHER MANUFACTURERS
Referring to the annual leather production capacity, Uyguner said, “The leather industry needs 6-6.5 million pieces of bovine raw hides and 50 million pieces of ovine raw skins every year. said.
Uyguner, as well as all over the world and mainly cattle in Turkey, sheep and cattle skins, such as buffalo, lamb, goat, such as small animals that most processed rawhide types of raw hides reminded them of bovine leathers (Videla) mainly footwear, leathergoods He explained that they are mainly used in areas such as clothing, furniture, automotive, water and aircraft upholstery, and that the most intensive use of sheep leather is the leather clothing sub-sector.
Noting that the sector continues to work to increase its customer and market portfolio, Uyguner continued as follows:
“Sectors attending international fairs regularly, dormitories brings outside buyer delegations. Currently, Turkey in 14 producing region and operates facilities that total 539 units leathers. General economic structure parallel to the sector within the company scale SME level. Large-scale number of enterprises There are enterprises that make an effort in terms of institutionalization, but the general structure is in the form of family businesses. Entry to the sector requires a significant amount of fixed investment capital and working capital. However, leather production requires special knowledge and experience. For this reason, the number of companies in the form of new investors from outside. We do not expect an increase, but there may be a possibility of new investments among existing leather manufacturers, albeit in different forms. “
PART OF THE INDUSTRY’S ANNUAL LEATHER NEEDS IS MET BY IMPORT
Burak Uyguner stated that the leather industry takes raw leather, which is a by-product of the meat industry, and turns it into an economic value, and it is considered as the oldest recycling activity of human beings, “Therefore, the country’s livestock existence, the meat demand of consumers and therefore the number of animals going to slaughter important. as 2018 ended in Turkey are able to see 17 million cattle and 35 million sheep and goats that from the record. the need for the sector’s year is not an entity to meet 100 percent. Therefore met with some rawhide need for imports. ” he spoke.