Furniture industry in Aegean Region with its original designs, made 120 million US dollars exportation in year 2017. According to the data of Aegean Exporters’ Association, furniture products were exported to 130 countries last year. Germany ranked first with $ 13 million.
Ali Fuat Gürle, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forest Products Exporters Association, stated that they are continuing their work to increase furniture exports with giving priority to original designs with high added value in Aegean Region.
Stating that they initialized DESIGNİZMİR project in 2016, Gürle said, “We are in talks with Yaşar University Furniture Design and Implementation Center in order to make İzmir’s unique designs come to the fore in the context of DESINGİZMİR Project. We want to increase the exports of value-added products by giving good examples of university-industry collaboration.”
Gürle said they will be attending the HIGHPOINT SPRINT 2018 International Furniture Fair, which will be held from 14-18 April 2018 in North Carolina, United States.
“GOING ON STAGE IN MODEKO”
Gürle stated that they will participate in the 29th MODEKO International İzmir Furniture Fair to be organized between 7-11 March 2018. “29th MODEKO is preferred by domestic and foreign sector representatives for years, will be the showroom of Izmir Furniture Sector. This fair is very important for our sector,” he said.
AEA ORGANIZING “BUYER DELEGATION”
Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forest Products Exporters Association has been supporting MODEKO International İzmir Furniture Fair with “Buyer Board Organization” for many years. In 2017, with the support of the Ministry of Economy, a special procurement committee from Colombia came to MODEKO and another procurement committee came from Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and Iraq. Aegean Furniture, Paper and Forest Products Exporters Association will continue to contribute to the MODEKO Fair with the “Buyer Delegation Organization” to be realized in 2018 as well.
Furniture producers operating in the Aegean Region made 119 million 657 thousand dollars exportation in 2017. Exports were made to 130 countries in total. Germany ranked first with $ 13 million in furniture exports. Saudi Arabia with 8.4 million dollars and the Netherlands with 6.3 million dollars followed Germany. France and Iraq imported 6 million dollars from Aegean furniture makers as well.