According to Daily News, Cetinkaya, president of Temel, the main supplier of Turkish marble, said that China has surpassed the US to become the largest buyer of Turkish marble exports. The company's marble exports are exported to China, and all Turkish marble exports are exported to China.
Since the global financial crisis in 2008, the United States, the largest exporter of Turkish marble exports, has gradually given way to China. At present, all major quarries in the country are producing horsepower to supply the Chinese market. It is reported that more than 100 species of Turkish marble have been discovered, with reserves of 5 billion cubic meters and 14 billion tons, accounting for 40% of the world, and the number of varieties ranks first in the world. About 2,200 marble mines and 1,600 quarries. Earlier this year, the Bursa Province of Turkey discovered reserves of 900 million tons of marble deposits, with a total value of more than $105 billion.
In the past few years, Turkey's stone industry has been developing very smoothly and is one of the largest marble exporters in the world. At present, there are more than 2,000 mines in China, and there are nearly 290 stone varieties, of which more than 280 are natural stone varieties. The main export products are marble, limestone and agate. There are nearly 1,500 factories engaged in stone processing in Turkey, more than 7,500 stone trading companies, and nearly 250,000 people engaged in the stone industry. In 2012, the industry's output value was 5 billion US dollars and exports were 100 million US dollars. In the first two months of this year, Turkey continued to maintain rapid growth in China's stone exports, with exports reaching US$110 million, a year-on-year increase of 51%. It is estimated that the amount of stone exports to China this year is expected to exceed 1 billion US dollars.
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