Letter From The AİMSAD
Dear Shareholders of the Sector,
First of all, I would like to offer my sincere wishes for you in the blessed month of Ramadan.
I would like to give you information about our outstanding activities during the recent period. First and foremost, our participation in the domestic and international fairs continues at full speed. In this context, we participated in İzmir İZWOOD Fair held between 10-14 April 2018 and Xylexpo Exhibitions held between 8-12 May 2018 in Italy. 24 members of ours participated in İZWOOD Fair. İZWOOD and Plastpak fairs were held simultaneously; according to the information shared by TÜYAP, the fairs were visited by 12,368 people and they brought together 206 companies and company represents from 25 different countries. On the other hand, during the fair, our 2nd Woodworking Technology Panel was successfully completed with the participation of 70 academicians and sector representatives. Xylexpo Fair was attended by 4 Turkish manufacturer companies as well as our Association AİMSAD and REED TÜYAP Fuarcılık A.Ş. According to the information received from the Italian association ACIMALL, the fair was visited by 37 thousand people and a total of 425 companies participated. As AIMSAD, we distributed our 2018 brochures and our member catalogues. Also; we held various meetings with NGOs in the woodworking sector from the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Ukraine and fair organizers from Ukraine, Dubai, USA and Italy to increase cooperation. You can follow the details of the fairs from the following pages of our journal. We will also be participating in the Atlanta IWF Fair in August, the Polish Drema in September and Lesdrevmash fairs in Ukraine in 2018 as an association. Again in September we will host the General Assembly of EUMABOIS-European Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Federation in Istanbul for the first time as AİMSAD.
On the other hand, for the Istanbul Woodworking Machinery Fair to be held on 13-17 October 2018, the preparations of both our association and our members are continuing at full speed. We have been informed that most of the sales have been completed. We continue our various works on marketing activities.
I would like to give you information about our sector's 3-month statistics for the year of 2018 before wrapping up.
In the first three months of 2018, we see that exports were $ 23.5 million and imports $ 22.5 million. And we think that the production is $ 58 million. Based on this information, I would like to state that our estimate of domestic sales is 57 million dollars. When we compare the first three months of 2017 and the first three months of 2018, we see an increase by 11 percent in exports, 66 percent in imports, 10 percent in production and 25 percent in domestic sales. Our sector, which has not had current account deficit for the last 2 years, will hopefully complete the year without a current account deficit in 2018, too.