1 Brief overview TURKISH CONTRACTING IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET Construction plays a crucial role in Turkey s economic development, accounting for 5.9% of GDP and employing some 1.8 million people. When the direct and indirect impacts on other sectors are taken into account the share of the construction sector in the Turkish economy reaches 30% and the employment rate excluding agriculture reaches 10%. After a period of rapid growth in the 1980s, the two economic crises of 1999 and 2001 had a negative impact on the construction industry. The sector experienced the start of a recovery in Increased economic stability, decreasing exchange and interest rates and attractive long-term loans stimulated a demand for housing, playing a major role in this process. The sector grew by 13.9% in 2002, 7.8% in 2003, 14.1% in 2004, 9.3% in 2005, 18.5% in 2006 and 5.7% in Suffering under the effects of the global crisis, the sector experienced 8.1% and 16.1% decrease in 2008 and 2009 respectively, but made a remarkable progress and grew by 18.3% in The growth trend in the industry continued and realized 11.5% in In 2012, global and regional economic development slowed down and due to the impact of this deceleration on construction industry the growth rate increased only by 0.6% in 2012 and reached 7.1% in 2013 and 5.2% in the first quarter of The constantly growing global competitiveness of Turkish contractors and building materials producers, contribute significantly to the balance of payments of Turkey. In the period between /6 months, Turkish contractors have undertaken almost 7500 projects in 103 countries, with a total value of some 285 billion USD. On the other hand Turkey is among the world s leading producers of building materials. Turkey's unique geographical location contributes a great deal to the global competitiveness of the Turkish contracting services abroad. Turkey s strength in the field is not only due to its location, but also the cost effective service provided at international standards, high client satisfaction, credibility in partnerships, extensive knowledge and vast experience in a wide variety of projects, familiarity with the business environments in the neighbouring regions, qualified manpower and a calculated risk-based approach to business. Based upon 2013 data, 42 Turkish contracting companies ranked among The World s Top 250 International Contractors" list, published on August 2014 by the leading international industry magazine "ENR - Engineering News Record". With this number Turkey ranked second in the world after China.
2 COUNTRY 2013* 2012* China Turkey USA Italy Japan Spain South Korea France Germany England Other TOTAL * ENR has expanded the list of the top international contractors up to 250 from 225 as of 2012 The investment environment in Turkey is becoming increasingly attractive for both local and foreign investors, and a positive growth rate in construction is expected in the years ahead. Turkish contracting companies successfully compete on 4 continents and in 103 countries offering affordable services of high quality. They are open to enhancing international partnerships not only in the field of contracting, but also in construction industry investments, ranging from the production of building materials to infrastructure, housing, industrial plants and tourism projects in the African, Eurasian and Middle Eastern countries. Turkish contractors continue to increase their competitiveness with extensive know-how and experience gained in all kinds of challenging projects and in all forms of business environments. History The Anatolian Peninsula, on which Turkey is located, has a history that dates back to 8000 B.C., when the earliest human settlements emerged. The region has been the birthplace of 13 major civilizations, which flourished and left behind many magnificent sites and structures. The incredible richness and diversity of Turkey s cultural heritage is an important factor that fostered the maturity of a building tradition in Turkey that has developed over millennia from the Hittites to the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. The development of the Turkish construction sector over the last 91 years since the foundation of the Turkish Republic can be evaluated in five successive periods: Preparation, internal market activity, international market penetration, market and product diversification and global competition. The first two periods continued until the beginning of the 1970s. Following its foundation in 1923, the Republic of Turkey experienced a rapid modernization process along with political, economic, social and cultural reforms with major infrastructure and industrial investments made throughout the country. In the 1920s special measures, including the employment of foreign experts in public agencies, had to be undertaken by the government to overcome the shortage of local engineers and architects. Under the influence of these public policies, and partly due to the economic crisis witnessed in Europe in those years, many European engineers, architects and entrepreneurs came to Turkey; and in at least one third of the 28 construction companies established in Istanbul were of European origin.
3 The 1930s was the period of formation of the first generation of Turkish engineers, who founded many large scale construction companies in the following years and successfully executed numerous challenging projects both in Turkey and abroad. The political change experienced in Turkey in 1950 and the country's accession to NATO in 1952 were the important milestones in the history of the Turkish construction sector with regards to infrastructure investments realized in the following years. In the same period, the first wave of Turkish engineers graduated from universities and began their careers in an environment that offered great opportunities for the establishment of their own companies; and it was those businessmen who founded in 1952 the oldest non-governmental organization in the Turkish construction sector, the Turkish Contractors Association (TCA). Construction of water supply projects in the 1950s, large dams and power plants in the late 1960s and early 1970s provided many opportunities to Turkish contractors to spread their activities throughout Anatolia Period In the 1970s, Turkish contractors began pursuing business opportunities in foreign markets. Libya was the first country to export Turkish contracting services in 1972, whereas in less than 10 years Turkish contractors extended their activities to the Middle Eastern countries. With a share of 72.52% in the overall business volume Libya was the number one market for Turkish contractors in this initial period of international business, followed by Saudi Arabia (15.45%), Iraq (7.25%), Kuwait (4.71%), Greece (0.06%) and Iran (0.01%). The major field of activity in this period was housing (32.1%), followed by seaport (%18.1), industrial plant (15.6%), road/bridge/tunnel works (11.7%), and urban infrastructure projects (8.2%).
4 Period The 1980s was an important decade in the restructuring of Turkey s economy. Starting from 1983, parallel to the developments in western countries, the country experienced a significant transition from closed economy of the 1970s to the market economy. Together with convertibility of Turkish currency, new agencies, such as the Housing Development and the Public Participation Administration were founded and new concepts, such as privatization and liberal economy were introduced to the country s economic system. In the same period important infrastructure investments started in Turkey. Ataturk Dam (2400 MW), highway projects (approximately 2000 km) and telecommunication investments provided excellent opportunities for Turkish firms to cooperate with international partners, and thus improve their technical and managerial skills and become acquainted with the global finance system. At the end of the 1980s the political changes in Eastern Europe provided further opportunities to Turkish contractors. Many companies focused on the Russian Federation as well as the newly formed Central Asian republics. In the same period they extended their activities to other markets including Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Despite a relative decrease in proportion (55.2%), the majority of foreign business continued to be in Libya, with Saudi Arabia (23.4%) and Iraq (11.5%) ranking second and third, maintaining position they had occupied during the previous decade. Dissolution of the Soviet Union and emergence of the new Central Asian republics besides the Russian Federation (3.8%) were the new developments of this period. During this period the shares of housing (36.7%) and urban infrastructure projects (17.2%) increased, followed by road/bridge/tunnel (7%) and irrigation projects (5.4%) Period In the 1990s, economic depression and political uncertainties in the Middle Eastern countries and Libya forced Turkish contractors to turn their attention to other countries in the nearby regions, with the new focus on Eurasian, Balkan and Asian countries. Many large-scale projects in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Central Asian Republics, Germany and Pakistan were realized in this period. In period the projects completed in the Russian Federation and other Eurasian countries accounted for almost 60% of the total international business.
5 Market diversification was the major trend that characterized this decade. While the share of the Russian Federation increased to 34.5%, Libya s share decreased drastically to 13.7%, followed by Kazakhstan (7.8%) and Turkmenistan (6.7%). Pakistan (6.6%), Uzbekistan (3.9%), Saudi Arabia (3.1%), Azerbaijan (2.6%), Bulgaria (2.6%), the United States (2.5%) and Croatia (2.2%) emerged as new markets in this period. Other important developments were considerable decrease in the proportion of works in Saudi Arabia and disappearance of Iraq from the scene. Despite a decrease in the share of housing works (24.9%) compared to the previous period, housing continued to be the number one activity in this period as well. Housing was followed by road/bridge/tunnel works (12.7%), industrial plants (9%) and commercial centers (8.1%) Period Until the end of 2000, Turkish contracting companies have undertaken 1897 projects with a total value of approximately 41 billion USD. After the economic crises of 2001, foreign contracting services have experienced a very rapid development. The annual volume of business undertaken abroad increased sharply from 2.4 billion USD in 2001 up to nearly 25 billion USD in the years of Under the effects of the global crisis, this figure decreased to 21.7 billion USD in In the period, the majority of foreign contracting business was undertaken in the Russian Federation (15.5%) and followed by Libya (12.4%), Turkmenistan (11.4%), Kazakhstan (7.2%) and Iraq (6%). Up until 2000, over 30% of the international works carried out by Turkish contractors was in the housing sector, however the share of housing works decreased to 9.8% in the period of ; meanwhile the share of road/bridge/tunnel (15.8%), commercial center (11.8%), industrial plant (8.8%) and pipe line (8.3%) projects showed a significant increase.
6 The factors which contributed to the rapid development of overseas contracting services during the period of can be grouped under three main categories: reduced business opportunities in Turkey; the attractiveness of business opportunities abroad; and the increasing competitiveness of Turkish contractors: Domestic investments decreased significantly after the crisis in Furthermore, the "abnormally low tenders" in bids created unfair competition for qualified companies and forced them out of the internal market, eventually turning their attention to the international market. Having realized large-scale infrastructure projects in cooperation with foreign partners in Turkey between 1985 and 2000, Turkish contracting firms gained significant experience in production at international standards, project management and relations with international financial institutions. Investments in oil and gas exporting countries, which are geographically close and culturally familiar to Turkey increased as a result of booming oil prices and this development created attractive business opportunities for the Turkish contractors. Due to the above mentioned factors the annual international business volume of Turkish contractors grew at a pace that far surpassed the annual targets. In this period, market diversification and specialization in certain types of projects were the major trends. The number of countries in which Turkish contractors were working increased considerably, causing the percentage of work in each country to decrease relatively. In the aftermath of the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the rebuilding activities in these countries were closely followed by Turkish contractors, and as a result, Iraq in particular has become one of the most important markets for Turkish contractors in recent years Period During period, the annual volume of international business undertaken by Turkish contractors grew by 37.2% and reached its peak, increasing from 23.1 billion USD in 2010 to 31.7 billion USD in 2013.
7 According to the market distribution of the works undertaken in the period of , it can be observed that Eurasian and European countries increased their shares in total business volume, whereas the shares of Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries decreased. Turkmenistan (23%), Russian Federation (16.9%) and Iraq (11.6%) have been the leading markets for Turkish contractors in this period. The projects completed in these countries accounted for more than half (52%) of the total amount of international works while the major fields of activity were road/bridge/tunnel (14%), housing (12.6%), airport (8%), sports facility (7%) and commercial center (7%) projects respectively. Leading Markets in the Last Three Years
8 Turkish International Contracting Services ( /6 months) In the /6 months period, according to the country distribution of international works undertaken by Turkish contractors, the Russian Federation has been the leading market with a share of 17.4%, followed by Turkmenistan (14.4%) and Libya (10.1%). Despite the fact that the Russian Federation's share has decreased in recent years due to the adverse effects of the global financial crisis, it has maintained its position as the largest market for Turkish contractors in terms of total projects undertaken. Within the period between 1972 and 6 months of 2014, according to the regional distribution of international works, the share of Eurasian countries took the lead with 45.5% and was followed by Middle Eastern (26.6%), African (18.4%), European (6.0%), South Asian and Far Eastern (3.0%), North and South American (0.5%) countries. It can be said that almost half of international works of Turkish contractors have been undertaken in Eurasian countries, in other words 90.5% of the projects have been realized in Eurasian, Middle Eastern and African countries in /6 months period. Within the period of 41 years, significant progress has been made in the sector in terms of market, product and business diversification, while several Turkish companies started specializing in certain project types, such as international airports, railways and urban rail systems. In this respect, in the period of /6 months, the share of housing projects in the overall international business decreased gradually, whereas the shares of road/bridge/tunnel, commercial center, airport, industrial plant, petrochemical plant projects increased substantially. tourism facility and
9 Another important trend in recent years has been the growing interest in partnerships like national and international consortiums for the big projects, direct investments and property management in the neighbouring countries. Distribution of Projects by Country ( /6 Months)
10 Turkish International Contracting Services in 2013 In 2013, Turkish contractors have undertaken 393 projects in 47 countries, totaling 31.7 billion USD, with Turkmenistan ranking first (33,6%) and followed by Russian Federation (18%) and Azerbaijan (9%). These countries accounted for approximately 61% of total international contracting services in 2013 and were followed by Iraq (8,1%), Kazakhstan (5.6%), Algeria (3.4%), Saudi Arabia (3.4%), Angola (1,9%), Libya (1.9%) and Kuwait (1.8%).
11 Although the effects of global crisis in the international market continued in 2013, Turkish international contracting services reached its peak with 31.7 billion USD in this year. In 2013, in terms of overall international business volume, the shares of Eurasian, Middle Eastern and African countries accounted for 69%, 16.5% and 9.1% respectively. Because of the sharp decrease in the Libyan market, the share of the African region decreased drastically. In 2013 in terms of nature of work, the major field of activity was road/bridge/tunnel works (14.9%), followed by projects in the fields of housing (13.6%), commercial centers (8.9%), sports facilities (8.8%), airports (8.5%), power plants (7.5%), petrochemical plants (6.9%), seaports (6.7%), railways (2.9%) and industrial plants (2.8%). Turkish International Contracting Services in the first 6 months of 2014 In the first half of 2014 Turkish contracting companies undertook 116 projects in 33 countries, making up nearly 10 billion USD. With a total share of 56,6%, Qatar, Algeria and Iraq turned to be the leading markets, followed by Turkmenistan (9,1%), Libya (6,9%), Azerbaijan (4,9%), Saudi Arabia (4,6%), Georgia (2,8%), UAE (2,7%) and the Russian Federation (1,9%).
12 The total value of the projects completed in the first six months of 2014 is considered to be lower compared to the same period of the past years. Unfavorable developments in Iraq and Libya, which have always been among the top markets for Turkish contracting companies, are thought to be the main reason for this decline. With regards to the major fields of international activities, Turkish contractors undertook mainly road/bridge/tunnels (27,5%), railway (23,0%) and housing projects (15,0%) in the first 6 months of 2014.
TURKISH CONTRACTING IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET Brief overview Construction plays a crucial role in Turkey s economic development, accounting for well over 6% of GDP and employing some 1.5 million people.
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