MOSFED Sector Meeting took place on September 3, 2021, at Conrad Bosphorus Hotel.
‘With the participation of Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance dear Dr. Nureddin Nebati, the MOSFED Sector Meeting was held on 3rd September 2021, Friday at Conrad Hotel, Istanbul.’
The Traditional Sector Meeting, organized by the Furniture Associations Federation (MOSFED), the umbrella organization of the Furniture Sector, turned into a summit where sectoral problems were discussed. Participating in the meeting held with the great interest of sector representatives and associations, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance Dr. Nureddin Nebati listened to the sector’s problems and made statements about the steps to be taken. Furniture Associations Federation (MOSFED) Board Chairman Ahmet Güleç; stating that industrialists need to support small and organized industrial zones, underlined that if a specialized organized industrial zone is established on both sides of Istanbul, the sector will grow significantly.
In the opening speech, Güleç shared the economic growth of the sector in 20 years with the participants. Güleç said, “The Turkish furniture industry has made a name for itself in quality, design, production and world trade in the last 20 years. During this period, the furniture industry rose from 23rd to 8th in the export ranking in the world. In 2000, there were 280 million dollars of imports in return for 160 million dollars of exports. In 2019, we became the first country in the world to increase its exports.”
Commenting on the sector figures, Dr. Nureddin Nebati said, “The furniture industry also makes a great contribution to employment in Turkey. The sector, which adapts quickly to the developing technology, also benefits from the advantages of reaching high added value. Last year, it achieved a record export of 3.4 billion dollars. This year, it is moving towards more than $4 billion.” said.
Güleç said, “When we look at the position of the furniture industry in the world, developed countries produce 51 percent of the market, excluding China. We believe that if the furniture sector, which is among the most important sectors of many developed countries, is sufficiently supported in our country, we will be ahead of all sectors. Today, our industry develops textiles, leather, and glass both with its production and exports. If you want to develop and uplift a country, you should support the furniture sector and establish furniture factories. We see many examples of this in the world; Italy comes first. Furniture offers people a lifestyle. If we strengthen furniture exports, we can contribute to the cultural presentation of our country at the same time.”
Stating that Turkey comprises 5 percent of the World Furniture Industry, Güleç said, “We know that our industry has a long way to go. We will grow more, but one of the most important problems we need to solve is the raw material problem of the sector, which is friendly to local development and uses national resources.”
Explaining that as MOSFED, they started to work for the HeartMade project to introduce Turkish furniture to the world and standardize its quality, Güleç said: “With HeartMade, we will introduce our furniture to the world, which we make with our elbow grease, handiwork and most importantly our heart. HeartMade will be a privileged seal of the quality and design of Turkish furniture. Our furniture, which receives the HeartMade seal, will have its quality registered worldwide, as in many sectors. A unique project in our sector in the world, the HeartMade project, which we have been working on and will continue to work on with our federation chairmen and sector representatives for more than a year, will be a promise that we make to reach our target as the sector and will open a new horizon for our sector.”
Answering the questions of industry representatives after the speech, Dr. Nureddin Nebati stated that the Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer is very sensitive about the qualified staff problem of the sector, and said, “We will use different methods to train qualified staff. This issue is not just the problem of the furniture industry. There is also the problem of finding employees in the industry. We have discussions with different NGOs on this issue. We will see the results of the work soon. The furniture sector is among the prior sectors for us. Our duty is to pave the way for the industry. We are open to all kinds of suggestions from sector representatives here, and we will do our best.” said.