Mould Eurasia 2012 Bursa exhibition displays Turkish mould making power
When visitors descend on Bursa, Turkey, for Mould Eurasia 2012, they will be entering a high-growth region for mould making, one whose recent strength has earned the country world renown.
For example, at the opening ceremony for Taegutec’s second plant in Daegu, South Korea, Jacob Harpez, president and CEO of the cutting-tool maker’s parent IMC, said that, for his company’s products, “The Turkish market is growing by huge double-digit numbers.” If shops in Turkey are buying cutting inserts, then they must be cutting something, too.
Last year, Turkish mould sales totalled $700 million (€534 million), half of which came from exports, according to Samil Ozogul, chairman of the Turkish tool manufacturing association UKUB. Sales rose nearly 9% at a time when many shops in Europe were struggling to maintain the previous year’s levels. Despite concerns about a European downturn, Turkish mould makers remain confident their industry will grow even more this year (See:Interview).
The country’s burgeoning automotive components industry has buoyed both the optimism and the profits of toolmakers.
At Mould Eurasia, which runs from 10 to 13 May, visitors will be able to examine a range of products and services, according to the show organisers, the Tuyap Bursa Fairs Organization. It said exhibits are to include mould making solutions and related equipment, mould care and repair services, standard mould components and technical hardware, semifinished products and raw materials, computer-aided design, and engineering and manufacturing applications.
The organiser said Mould Eurasia runs concurrently with Packaging – Plastic Fair 2012, Bursa Automotive Related Industry 2012, and Bursa Security Systems and Industrial Cleaning and Service Fair. Last year’s joint fairs featured 285 companies and company representatives from 22 countries in four exhibition halls and hosted a total of 21,576 visitors from 17 countries, the organiser said.