Solid material, solid producer

For businesses needing a dependable producer for the most durable, long-lasting and reliable material in the world, Turkish steel products are the answer, from white goods to construction material.

I visited a steel factory in Iskenderun once, for a press tour. The molten steel boiling in gigantic furnaces, the high temperature, the spectacular and enormous rolls of steel lying side by side in the factory’s warehouse left a lasting impression.

Most factory tours are impressive in general, but when you witness the colossal production processes of a steel factory, you actually develop admiration for the civilisation and power of mankind in shaping nature.

Steel is a durable, useful, good-looking and reliable material; it doesn’t seem likely that an alternative material will emerge even in the long term. Hundreds of objects that you use and touch, from the knife you slice your bread with to planes; from the casing of your smartphone to your refrigerator and your car, owe their durability to steel. The raw material of steel, iron is also known for its strength; however, iron is brittle and corrodes when it comes to contact with oxygen. Steel is strengthened and enhanced with elements that corrosion such as magnesium, chromium, vanadium, and tungsten.

Nearly half of the production is exported

Production of steel in Turkey is deep-rooted; forging has been a common industry on these lands since the pre-historic times. According to data from the World Steel Association, Turkey produced 37 million tons of steel in 2015. Only last year, production increased 2.3 percent, and that was a tough period for the world economy. The growth of 2.3 percent in the first two months of 2016 is expected to continue the rest of the year. Turkey produced 4.8 million tons of steel just in first two months of the year. Currently, Turkey is the eighth largest steel producer in the world, with China, Japan, and India ranked the top three. The Turkish steel industry is completely integrated with global markets and focused on foreign trade. Turkey exported a total of 16.2 million tons of steel in 2015. The Middle East is the largest market for exports, but Turkish products are used in more than 200 countries around the world.

Flat steel production is growing

The Turkish steel industry is one of the most respected producers in the world thanks to the quality and price benefits it offers in products for the construction industry. Roughly three quarters of production consists of long products. Thousands of construction sites all over the world rise with the strength of Turkish steel products. Turkey has also been growing in terms of production of flat steel products with high added-value. Serious efforts are For businesses needing a dependable producer for the most durable, long-lasting and reliable material in the world, Turkish steel products are the answer, from white goods to construction material Solid Material, Solid Producer under way on improving flat steel production, particularly at the Tosçelik facility in Iskenderun. The significance of this lies in the fact that flat steel products are a key input in many industries with a potential to shape the future, such as the automotive, white goods, machinery, and electronics industries.

Environmental awareness is increasing

Steel is among the most intensive energy and water consuming industries in the world. Naturally, each step the industry takes has great importance for a liveable planet. The Turkish steel industry has made pioneering innovations on this issue, and environmental awareness in the industry is increasing. For instance, the İçdaş facility in Çanakkale is global pioneer in terms of sustainability. It is righly lauded for only using sea water for production and, through an advanced refining method, returning the water back to the sea after processing.