803 million dollars export in the leather sector

The leather industry, which has exported $ 803 million so far this year, aims to reach $ 1.5 billion by the end of 2020.

Mustafa Şenocak, President of the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association (IDMIB), said to the AA correspondent that the “Leather and Fur Fashion Show” fair held in Antalya will mobilize the exports that have fallen due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) outbreak.

Turkey from 46 firms opened stands as fair, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Macedonia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan and voicing attended by close to business people than 700 Belarusian Şenocak, said the fair they hope to gain new business opportunities.

Explaining that they have started exportation fast this year and that they have reached an increase trend of up to 15 percent at the beginning of the year, Şenocak reminded that the sector broke the monthly and periodic export records of all times in January and February.

Stating that consumption and demand have decreased worldwide due to the epidemic, Şenocak stated that they experienced an export decrease of more than 40 percent between March and August.


Emphasizing that the export of leather and leather products was 803 million dollars between 1 January and 18 August, Şenocak said, “As of August 18, our exports of shoes are 514 million dollars, our semi-finished / finished leather and processed fur exports are 101 million dollars, our exports to leather goods are 100 million dollars. and our leather and fur garment exports were 87 million dollars. ” said.

Stating that the sector exports to more than 200 countries, Şenocak stated that Germany, Russia, Italy, Iraq, Spain, France, England, Netherlands, Romania and the USA were among the top ten countries with the highest sales in this period.


Şenocak stated that sales channels such as e-commerce and e-export will now be positioned at the center of global trade more effectively during the period of travel restrictions, and stated that they are working on the IDMIB Digital Transformation Project to increase exports.

Stating that they created a road map by collecting them under 9 main headings within the scope of the project, Şenocak said:

“The basis of our project is the adaptation of our companies to new generation marketing steps such as three-dimensional product modeling, online catalog creation, digital B2B events, virtual fairs and e-export. bring in. this will be the portal 365 days a year open to the public. portal of our need for the introduction of the world Turkey Exporters Assembly with us as well as the Ministry of Commerce we continue our work in coordination. we set the 2020 export target in today’s conditions direction by approximately 1.4 to $ 1.5 billion range. “

Stating that they also work on the promotion of the sector, Şenocak noted that they also implemented the project “The story of Turkish leather, international promotion and cooperation work”. Stating that they will be publishing 5 promotional films, which were recently shot, on all digital platforms, Şenocak said, “We believe that in this way, we will make the quality and production power of Turkish leather and leather products more known and recognized globally.” said.


If the water is expected to grow exports of raw hides need in Turkey

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.

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. “

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.


Leather industry will reward successful designers

The winners of the 5th Detail Leather and Leather Products Design Competition, which will be organized under the Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association (IDMIB), with the support of the Ministry of Trade in order to bring new designers to the Turkish leather industry, will be awarded.

According to the statement made by İDMİB, the winners of the competition will be announced at the ceremony to be held on November 11 at the Detail Leather and Leather Products Design Competition, which will be held for the 5th time this year. The award ceremony also Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) Chairman Ismail Shot is also expected to participate.

Lemi Tolunay, Safa Şahin, Sedef Orman, Ruken Mızraklı, Derin Mermerci, Hakan Yıldırım, Özgür Masur, Özlem at the 5th Detail Leather and Leather Products Design Competition held to further increase the value-added export in the leather sector, the President of the Jury was Güven Karaca. People such as Kaya, Burak Çelet and Mert Aslan will be members of the jury.

The top three competitors in the leather apparel and leather goods categories will be awarded with training and money awards. At the same time, the winner of each category will be given the right to participate in education and fairs abroad.


Leather industry met in Antalya

Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters’ Association (İDMİB) and Turkey at a hotel by the Association of Leather Garments Leather & Fur Fashion Show organized with the name of the company has opened 46 booths at the fair.

İDMİB President Mustafa Şenocak stated in his statement that the fair, which they held by taking all the precautions, will be the lifeblood of the sector.

Pointing out that the leather and leather products sector was also affected by the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, Şenocak said, “As the leather and leather products sector, we exported more than $ 230 million in June and July, when the pandemic effects decreased. In this process, the top 3 countries we export to are Germany. It was Russia and Iraq. ” used the expressions.

Stating that the fair is important for the sector, Şenocak said, “The first commercial delegation organized after the epidemic. We brought business people from many countries together with the Turkish leather industry. It is critical for our export figures to reach further levels. In this period, we host 700 foreign business people in Antalya and trade with them. is very important for us. ” found the assessment.

Turkey Leather Garments Association President Gürkan Gözmen also reported 3 thousand 650 square meters, finds that 46 exporting companies led the booth at the fair, held in a large area. Stating that they meticulously followed the epidemic measures, Gözmen noted that their foreign guests were also satisfied with the measures.


Leather exporters focused on the Far East market

Erkan Zandar, President of the Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association, stated that South Korea has the potential to become a very attractive export market for the leather industry and that they are planning two sectoral trade delegations for South Korea in the coming period.

Speaking at the iftar organized by the Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association at the Izmir Tennis Club, Zandar said, “We organized a study visit to South Korea with Mustafa Şenocak, the Chairman of the Board of Istanbul Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association, on March 16-18, 2019. With its 55 million population and high purchasing power, South Korea has great opportunities for the Turkish leather industry. Annual leather and leather products imports are 6.7 billion dollars. while Turkey’s exports; At the level of $ 39 million in 2018. free trade agreement between South Korea and Turkey (STA) there. We have a chance to increase our trade quickly. In the upcoming period, we will organize two sectoral trade delegations, one for the shoe and saddlery sectors and one for the leather garment and fur industries, ”he said.