Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (ASD) brought together the sectoral professionals in the traditional iftar dinner that it organizes every year. The sector performance in 2017 and its targets for 2018 were assessed in the iftar dinner hosted by Mr. Zeki Saribekir, President ofASD. Prof. Dr. Acar Baltas delivered a speech on the importance of institutionalization of packaging companies and replied to the questions in the dinner attended by around 300 people.
The leading players of the packaging sector met in the traditional iftar dinner organized by Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (ASD) on May 24th. In the dinner which was held in Wyndham Grand Levent Hotel and attended by around 300 people, Mr. Zeki Saribekir, President ofASD, summarized the works performed by the Association in order to develop the packaging sector and expressed the performance of the sector in 2017 and its objectives. Prof.Dr. Acar Baltas delivered a speech on "Institutionalization of Packaging Companies” and replied to the guests' questions during the dinner. Plaques were given to the firms that have been accepted as members of the Association in the recent year.
Last Week for Applications to World Crescents and Stars for Packaging!
Taking the floor in the dinner, Mr. Zeki Saribekir, President ofASD, said: "We're in the last week for applications to World Crescents and Stars for Packaging which is organized every two years and will be held for the 8th time this year. While we were creating the competition, World Crescents and Stars for Packaging, we, as the Association, aimed to enable brand owners, designers and packaging producers to gain competitiveness in the international market. I can say that we've managed it in the last 8 years. We will continue these competitions to allow for transforming the passive position of the Turkish packaging industry into a leading one in global markets. The international packaging competitions, WorldStar and AsiaStar in which our firms are able to join thanks to our competition enable our added-value focused sector to be recognized on an international platform. We're waiting for the applications of the packaging producers& suppliers, packaging designers and brand owners that have put their products on the market, until June 1st, 2018 Friday with their products having been introduced into the market in the last 2 years.”
Final Countdown for National Packaging Design Student Competition!
Giving information on National Packaging Design Student Competition that ASD organizes for students, Mr. Saribekir said: "With National Packaging Design Student Competition that we organize, we aim to encourage the students getting design training to focus on packaging design, too in our country. The students who rank the top three in our Competition, the last application date of which is 27 June 2018, will be granted not only the various award but also "ASD& TUYAP Scholarship" for 12 months throughout their education life and hence we will continue supporting them. The Award Ceremony of the Competition will be organized during the opening ceremony of Eurasia Packaging Istanbul 2018 Fair. The competition is open to all students who have been receiving undergraduate and graduate education in the Graphic and Graphic Design, Industrial Products Design or Industrial Design Departments and equivalent departments of the Fine Arts and Architecture Faculties of universities.”
Evaluating the performance of the packaging sector in 2017, Mr. Saribekir said: "The Turkish packaging sector continued its steady growth last year, too. We managed to increase our exports in 2017 by 8% in quantity and value compared to the previous year. Our packaging export amounted to 2 million 125 thousand tons in quantity and 4 billion 145 million Dollars in value. Our import amounted to 1 million 765 thousand ton in quantity by a 3% increase and 3 billion 358 million Dollars by a 5% increase compared to 2016. Nonetheless, the sector achieved $ 787 million foreign trade surplus, which is the success of all of us. While proceeding our way aiming to become a packaging center of Eurasia, we continue our works as one of the leading non-governmental organizations of the Turkish packaging sector and create a positive effect on the current account deficit thanks to our foreign trade surplus and increase our share from the international markets by growing our competitiveness”.
Continuing his speech, Mr. Saribekir said: "As the packaging sector, we believe that we'll achieve a market growth amounting to minimum 23 billion Dollars and export revenue amounting to 4.5-5 billion Dollars in 2018. With packaging, we also believe that we'll have an economic activity amounting to 350 billion Dollars. As a sector, our competitive power and potential are high. The products of the Turkish packaging sector are exported to 180 countries around the world. The Turkish packaging industry is taking decisive steps on the way to becoming a packaging center of Eurasia. We believe that we'll achieve a market growth amounting to 30 billion Dollars and export revenue amounting to 10 billion Dollars in 2023 when we'll celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
Automation and Industry 4.0 will be More Important in Our Sector
Highlighting that the Turkish packaging sector has advanced technology and infrastructure to satisfy all changes, Mr. Saribekir said: "Our packaging sector has been following the technological developments. We believe that Automation and Industry 4.0 will be more important in our sector. We must follow technology more. We're satisfying just 10% of the packaging need of Europe. We must increase this ratio absolutely. We'll be adapted to the future and innovations and continue our works. In the packaging sector, we'll improve ourselves by innovations.”