Expansion of Turkish flexible packaging operations

The Turkish flexible packaging industry is able to deliver both on quality and value, according to research from PCI Consulting. The sector is also outstripping the rest of Europe in growth terms. In a report of its findings, PCI consultant Paul Gaster said the perception among European packers and retail groups is that the best Turkish converters can now match the high level of product quality and service offered by their European competitors. He said they were also able to better many competitors on price. Gaster added this was the case particularly on medium specification products such as OPP/OPP laminates which account for valuable business in confectionery, dried foods, biscuits and baked goods packaging.
In just 30 years Turkey’s flexible packaging industry has grown to become one of the top ten in Europe. The industry generated sales of €380m in 2001 and is growing at around 10% a year, four times higher than the average rate in Western Europe. Further, it has a strong home market, which is growing at 8% a year, modern plant and equipment and export growth of between 10-12% a year.

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