Market Research in Turkey

As a transcontinental country located between Asia and Europe, Turkey’s growth record as well as its young and skilled workforce make it an attractive investment destination.

SIS International Market Research — Turkey

Turkey’s Strategic Industries

Out of the various industries contributing to Turkey’s economy, here are four big ones.

1. Manufacturing

Turkey’s automotive sector is a big part of the country’s manufacturing industry. Global manufacturers like Fiat, Renault, Hyundai, Toyota and Ford are running production plants in the country. As a result, Turkey is a major exporter of both vehicles and components.

Turkey’s manufacturing also covers food processing, metals, non-metallic mineral products, rubber, plastic products, electronics and electrical equipment as well as textiles.

2. Mining

Turkey is a producer of gold, boron, trona, quartz, chalcedony and other metals and minerals. It’s also a source of natural stones. Its mining industry has been growing due to favorable factors such as targeted training of mining engineers and increasing capacity in the industry.

3. Agriculture

Turkey’s climatic conditions make it possible to produce some of the world’s biggest amounts of cherries, hazelnuts, pomegranates, figs and apricots. It’s also among the top producers of watermelons, pistachios, cucumbers and lentils.

Other agricultural commodities produced in the country include olives, chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, almonds, cotton and barley.

4. Services

With a total of 17 world heritage sites and many others on UNESCO’s tentative list, tourist visits are bound to increase. Two of the seven wonders of the ancient world are also in Turkey. With a thriving hotel industry and an attractive culture, tourism is a sure contributor to the country’s economy.

Business Opportunities in Turkey

There are various investment opportunities in Turkey. Here are some of the most lucrative.

1. Environment and Waste Management

Turkey has been experiencing rapid growth in population and industrialization. This growth led to its cities expanding faster than it had been planned for, leading to pollution and waste management problems.

The government is struggling to deal with the situation. Since the country is open to foreign investors, waste management businesses have an opportunity to expand into Turkey and grow.

2. Healthcare

The Turkish government has targeted the healthcare industry for improvement although progress is slow. There are opportunities in the construction and equipping of hospitals, manufacturing of medical equipment as well manufacturing, storing and distribution of medicines.

3. Tours and Travel

Turkey is one of the most visited countries in the world. This has been a continuous trend which indicates a guaranteed market over the long term. With the government promoting tourism, a key investment area would be in tours and travel.

4. Financial Services

Despite having a strong banking sector, Turkey has an under-penetrated insurance sector. With the huge population, the country provides an untapped market fueled by a young workforce in need of insurance products and services.

5. Energy

Turkey’s energy demand is higher than it can satisfy. Although it produces its own lignite, it still imports most of its energy, including almost all of the oil it needs. Alternative sources of energy can be developed, especially by taking advantage of the abundant sunshine and wind.

Challenges Facing Turkey’s Economy

Certain challenges are making it difficult for Turkey to attract the kind of investments it hopes for.

The biggest of these is political instability resulting from the 2016 coup attempt. Environmental pollution is also a big problem with the country’s urban population living under high amounts of particulate matter pollution.

Top Business Hubs in Turkey

The capital of Turkey is the top business hub in the country. Ankara hosts the country’s largest industrial park which is home to thousands of companies working in different sectors.

Marmara is a hub for manufacturing businesses. This region produces most of the country’s sunflower. Other agricultural produce like corn, flax and vegetables come from the Zonguldak region which also hosts the largest coal, iron and steel complexes in the country.

The Importance of Conducting Market Research

Conducting market research is central to business success since it’s what determines whether a business chooses the right market, sells the right product or service and promotes it correctly.

At SIS International Research, we help businesses collect market insights and develop strategies which gives them the confidence to launch into new markets and grow their businesses.