Tüpraş retains place at top of exporters’ list
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
AA PhotoTurkey sole oil refinery, Koç Holding’s Tüpraş, has been once again named the export champion of Turkey after it conducted $4.1 billion in exports last year, the head of the country’s top export organization said.
According to the 1,000 top exporters list announced by Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM) Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi during a press conference late May 21, all top three exporters from 2012 kept their positions in 2013 as well.
Another Koç company, Ford Otosan, ranked second with nearly $3.7 billion worth of goods sent abroad.
Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding have equal stakes in the Turkey-based automaker.
Automaker Oyak-Renault also remained in third place after it made $3.5 billion in exports over the year.
Around 59 percent of the $152 billion total exports undertaken in 2013 – which equals $90 billion – were realized by the top 1,000 companies, according to figures announced by TİM.
On a regional base, Marmara dominated the list with 586 of the top exporting companies registered in the region, followed by the Aegean region with 138 companies. Istanbul naturally shouldered the majority of the Marmara region’s exports, with 453 of the aforementioned 586 companies based in the province.