Turkish construction: 21 brands to watch
Turkey’s building sector is in a good place right now. Vast projects like the third Istanbul airport ($35bn), the Eurasia Tunnel ($1.5bn, completed in 2016) and the Yavuz Sultan Serim bridge ($2.5bn) have kept the market moving at the top end. And the sector is also on good foundations – 8% more building permits were issued in 2016 than the year before, and a new law making it easier for foreigners to buy Turkish property has brought money from abroad in to the sector.
This is the backdrop for the 40th edition of Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul – the meeting place for the building industry. Over 700 companies are exhibiting this year, and we have picked 25 to keep an eye on.
1. Who? ADELL ARMATÜR VE VANA FABRİKALARI A.Ş.
What? Kitchen and bathroom products
The lowdown: Adell offers a wide range of kitchen and bathroom faucets and products, with an accent on technology – particularly electronic and time-adjustable taps. Aside from its products and services, the Adell brand is unusual in Turkey thanks to its side initiatives that go above and beyond the average bathroom company, including a Water Culture museum and a 30-page book about water published in 2013.
2. Who? AGT AĞAÇ SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.
What? Wood products
The lowdown: Founded in 1984 in Antalya, AGT specialises in highly customisable wood products for architectural and interior solutions. The range is spread across MDF panels, doors, flooring and other decorative elements, as well as trims, skirting and everything else necessary to get that finish right. AGT have been busy recently, launching new lines such as the Liyka and Mira series of doors.
3. Who? AKGÜN SERAMİK SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
What? Ceramic tiles
The lowdown: With four factories in Turkey and one just opened in Bulgaria, Duratiles (aka Akgun Seramik) is a big hitter in the Turkish ceramic market. Duratiles offer a giant range of ceramic and porcelain tiles, both outdoor and indoor, as well as a small side range of sanitary ware and bathroom furniture.
4. Who? ASSAN PANEL SAN. TİC. A.Ş.
What? Sandwich panels
The lowdown: Assan Panel leads the way in Turkey when it comes to sandwich panels for building projects, also offering polycarbonate panels and corrugated sheeting made from a range of materials.
5. Who? EGE SERAMİK SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.
What? Ceramic tiles
The lowdown: Ege Seramik need little introduction for Turkish professionals. A trendsetter for ceramic and porcelain tiles designs, the brand is back at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul with hundreds of collections for walls, floors, and specialist applications.
6. Who? FİBROBETON YAPI ELEMANLARI SAN. İNŞ. VE TİC. A.Ş.
What? Fibre-reinforced concrete
The lowdown: Fibrobeton produce fibre-reinforced concrete for a range of applications. The brand is at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul this year to give visitors a chance to see the products and solutions used in hundreds of projects – not just around Turkey, but also in Russia, Libya, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the USA.
7. Who? GENTAŞ GENEL METAL SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
The lowdown: Gentaş is back at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul with its offerings of laminate flooring, and panelling, for exterior and interior application.
8. Who? GRANITO RINO SATIŞ VE PAZ. İTH. İHR. DIŞ TİC. A.Ş.
What? Granite tiles
The lowdown: The granite-focused half of the Rino pairing, alongside its sister Ceramica Rino, Granito Rino sells a beautiful range of high-quality tiliing for the projects where an impeccable finish is vital. Tiles are available in 45x45, 45x90, 60x60 and 60x120 units.
9. Who? HAFELE MOBİLYA VE İNŞAAT DONANIMLARI SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
What? Furniture fittings, architectural hardware
The lowdown: Turkey is one of 150 countries German furniture giant Hafele operates in, producing stylish, affordable and high-performance fittings and accessories for furniture, doors, kitchens and much more.
10. Who? İSTON İSTANBUL BETON ELEMANLARI VE HAZIR BETON SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
What? City furniture
The lowdown: İston specialises in products that can pass under the radar – city furniture like benches, flowerpots, and paving stones that make a vital contribution to the beauty of an urban area. Turkish by origin, Iston operates in over 20 countries and will present its products to its home audience at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul this year.
11. Who? KALEKİM KİMYEVİ MADDELER SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
What? Ceramic tiles and bathroom furniture
The lowdown: Kale Group celebrates is 50th anniversary in 2017, and the Istanbul-based ceramic brand will mark the occasion at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul with ceramic tiles, bathroom furniture, adhesives and the rest of the product range. The brand holds its green credentials dear – even publishing a 56-page ‘green guide’ to help its buyers make an eco-conscious choice.
12. Who? KYK YAPI KİMYASALLARI SAN VE TİC A.Ş.
What? Construction chemicals
The lowdown: KYK is another Turkish brand that enjoys a strong export presence, its adhesives, sealants, insulation, finishing materials, primers, paints and much more available in 20 countries. It occupies a strong position in its home market, with a broad selection of own-branded products for professionals and the end user.
13. Who? MULTİPLAN ENERJİ VE SU YALITIM SİSTEMLERİ SAN. TİC. A.Ş.
What? Waterproofing and insulation
The lowdown: Multiplan specialises in waterproofing on all scales – from the roof of a cottage to the lining of a metro tunnel. Its products can be found in projects across Turkey, and also in Hall 3 of Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul.
14. Who? ORHUNTAŞ MERMER GRANİT OCAK İŞL. DIŞ TİC. A.Ş
What? Wall and floor tiles
The lowdown: Mermer Carsi is another Turkish ceramic and tiling brand exhibiting its products at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul, with choices for baths, kitchens, walls, outdoor landscaping, facade coating and mosaic tiling.
15. Who? SAINT-GOBAIN RIGIPS ALÇI SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.
The lowdown: Rigips is one of the countless subsidiaries of French titan Saint-Gobain, specialising in gypsum and plaster solutions such as industrial and building plaster, suspended ceilings, building chemicals and plaster accessories. Sustainability is a huge part of the Rigips offering, and its products are specifically designed to hit various energy efficiency certification targets like LEED and BREEAM. The brand just this May received Greenguard eco-certification for six of its products, including plasterboard, finishing plaster, and grouting.
16. Who? SILKCOAT DUVAR KAPLAMALARI SAN. VE TİC. LTD. ŞTİ.
The lowdown: As the name suggests, Silkcoat specialises in coatings of all types, colours and uses – interior, exterior, silk plaster, protective coatings, decorative coatings, special effect paints, wood and metal finishes, and more.
17. Who? TEKNOPANEL ÇATI VE CEPHE PANELLERİ ÜRETİM SAN VE TİC A.Ş.
What? Insulated panels
The lowdown: Insulated panels from southern Turkey-based firm Teknopanel, who produce insulated roof, wall and cold storage panels from a 33,000 production facility. One of the brand’s new offerings is the Secret Fix-Wall Panel, available micro-lined or deep-lined in prepainted galvanised steel or aluminium.
18. Who? TEPE BETOPAN YAPI MALZ. SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.
The lowdown: Tepe Betopan has a strong pedigree of cement bonded particleboard production in Turkey. As well as supplying its home market, Tepe Betopan is active abroad, having displayed products in Iran and Turkmenistan in recent years. The product range on show at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul is available in a number of finishes and effects.
19. Who? TRAKYA CAM SANAYİİ A.Ş.
What? Architectural glass
The lowdown: The 5th largest manufacturer of flat glass in the world, this brand will showcase one of its main business areas at TurkeyBuild this year – architectural glass. Its project portfolio includes impressive Turkish work like Atatürk Airport, the Bilkent Integrated Health Campus, Enfidha Airport in Tunisia, and many more.
20. Who? TÜRK YTONG SANAYİ A.Ş.
What? Building materials
The lowdown: Turk Ytong is the Turkish arm of Ytong, one of southern Europe’s largest building materials producers. The brand will be at Yapi - TurkeyBuild Istanbul this year showcasing, among many other products, the Multipor thermal insulation board, which started production in Turkey this year. Also on display will be Ytong’s range of building information modelling (BIM) services.
21. Who? VEZİRKÖPRÜ ORMAN ÜRÜNLERİ VE KAĞIT SAN. A.Ş.
The lowdown: Trading under Peli Parquet, this firm will showcase parquet and laminate flooring, skirting and LVT flooring to the Turkish building market at the exhibition this year. Each product section offers a nice choice of collections and styles, all coming with at least a five-year warranty for buyers and installers.
This is a bite-size selection of the brands at Yapi-TurkeyBuild Istanbul – just one in thirty of the show’s exhibitors made it to our list. See the full exhibitor list here, or click here to get your visitor pass.
Cover image - Robert Anders, via Flickr Creative Commons
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