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The main agenda of the iron and steel division is ‘circular production’

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Concepts such as zeroing carbon emissions, power efficiency, and sustainability in production form the cornerstones of the EU Green Deal transformation process.

İZMİR (İGFA) – Aegean Iron and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association, in order to support its members in this transformation and harmony process, with the help of domestic and foreign appropriate application examples, the effects of the European Union Green Agreement on the iron and steel sector, in cooperation with the Steel Foreign Trade Association and with the contributions of the Turkish Steel Producers Association. discussed in his webinar.

In the webinar moderated by Çiğdem Önsal, Deputy Secretary General of Aegean Exporters’ Association, Secretary General of Turkish Steel Producers Association Dr. M.Veysel YAYAN and Bilecik Demir Çelik A.Ş. General Manager Muammer BİLGİÇ shared his knowledge and experience with the participants.

Aegean Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association Leader Yalçın Ertan said, “Last 2021 has been a smooth and productive year for all steelmakers and non-ferrous metals sector. Even though we look at the numbers of the first six months of this year, we, as Aegean Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association, reached 2 billion 241 million dollars last year and 2.6 billion dollars in the last year. However, as of April of this year, our production balances started to deteriorate due to the discounted raw materials and semi-finished products that came to our country from Russia and a limited number of other countries. In addition, the rapid decline in Iron-Steel prices also caused a contraction in demand, as if it would decrease further. Add to this the low demand in the domestic market.” said he.

Ertan said, “While the world steel branch has been in a difficult process since 2018 due to protective measures, in the first half of 2020, after the contraction experienced due to the pandemic, in the second half, the accumulated demand caused price increases both in raw materials and in the latest work. Even though the problems continue in 2021 with the deterioration in the supply chains, our exporting companies have managed to strengthen the division by adapting quickly to the developments.” he said.

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