Turkey to make teeth implants
TRABZON - Anatolia News Agency
Journalists inspect teeth implants at a facility in Trabzon during a press tour.Local AGS Medikal has built a factory in Trabzon, a province on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, to produce Turkey’s first industrial teeth implants.
Görkem Serçe, general director at AGS Medikal, said Turkey spends 100 million euros importing 250,000 teeth implants annually. The number of imported teeth implants, Serçe said, has seen a dramatic increase from 80,000 in 2008 to 250,000 three years later. He said he believes that in three more years, Turkey will demand one million teeth implants.
Serçe said it is so expensive to invest in teeth implants that many countries cannot afford to produce them.
‘Teeth items a first’
“After we succeed in implant production, we will pave the way for to produce many different types of health products in Turkey,” said Serçe. The emphasis will then shift from the importation of teeth implants to exportation, said Trabzon’s Mayor Recep Kızılcık.
Serçe said 2010 data shows that the global dental products sector has a volume of roughly $14 million and that the implant sector accounts for $2.4 million of that.