Turkey in 2016: Politics, economics and the impact on polymer markets

Turkey has had a turbulent time over the last 12 months, facing political and economic uncertainty, increasingly numerous and deadly terrorist attacks and an attempted coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and remove the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) from power.

Yet the country carries on – its 2015 GDP growth level was above those of Germany, the US and Saudi Arabia – and polymer and other imports keep flowing.

In the medium and long term, increased instability creates risks for a number of Turkish petrochemical markets as well as complications for the economic situation. However, there is still optimism amongst Turkish players that ‘business as usual’ can continue.

Check here for the ICIS infographic on the impact of the current situation in Turkey and view the latest free articles from ICIS news featuring Turkish petrochemicals below.


Infographic: Turkey’s mid-year review – PP & PE

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Latest Turkey petrochemicals news

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Turkey chemical players whipsawed by currency, politics

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Turkish polymer players face lira crisis calmly but fear for economic growth

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Asia PTA rising on tight supply despite weak China market

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Spot purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices in Asia have been rising on the back of tight supply amid unplanned outages at... Thu, 24 May 2018

NPE '18: Elastron opens US headquarters, to start up TPE plant in Q3

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Turkey PE bottoms out as poor economic performance dampens sentiment

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