Letter From the Editor: Many Challenges Ahead for Tile Industry
Speaking of Turkey, in this issue of TILE Magazine, there is a special section devoted to Turkish tile, including an overview of the Turkish tile industry, profiles of the major Turkish ceramic tile manufacturers, news from the Turkish ceramic tile industry, and an eye-catching showcase of the latest ceramic tile designs from Turkey. Many in the U.S. ceramic industry might not be aware that Turkey is the fifth largest ceramic tile producer in the world, and the third largest in all of Europe, or that Turkish tile imports to the United States, in terms of square meters, have increased seven fold in the past decade. With its huge supply of raw materials and vast ceramic production capacity, Turkey is positioned well to continue its growth in the U.S. market.
In the November issue of TILE, we will examine the latest trends in ceramic tile consumption, as well as other economic factors affecting the industry, in our annual Tile Industry Market Overview and Forecast. In addition, we will also feature predictions about the future direction of the ceramic tile industry from some of its leading figures in a new feature, CEO Insights. If the data from previous years are any indication of what's in store for the future, it's a safe bet that the ceramic tile industry will continue to grow, no matter what challenges the ever-changing world economy may bring.