Pharmaceutical industry met at İKMİB Workshop

Pharmaceutical Industry Future Research Workshop was held in Sapanca on 8-9 January 2022 by the Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters’ Association (IKMIB). At the workshop that brought the pharmaceutical industry together, the current situation and future of the industry were discussed.

The fourth of the sectoral workshops organized for the sub-sectors of İKMİB was held on 8-9 January 2022 for the pharmaceutical industry. In the workshop, which lasted for two days and brought together all the stakeholders that shape the pharmaceutical industry, the future of the industry, its priority problems and solution proposals were discussed in all aspects.

Notably Adil Pelister, Chairman of the Board of İKMİB, Halit Süha Taşpolatoğlu, Member of the Board of Directors of İKMİB, Tayfun Demir, Accountant Member of the Board of Directors of İKMİB, Ahmet Fethi Polat, Substitute Member of the Board of İKMİB, Orhan Mutlu Topal, Chairman of İKMİB Pharmaceutical Industry Committee and TİM Delegate and Mehmet Ahmet Ünlü, Advisor to the Board of Directors of İKMİB and representatives of the leading companies of the sector, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the Ministry of Treasury and Finance, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TİTCK), the Presidents and representatives of the relevant associations, and academicians from universities attended the “Pharmaceutical Industry Future Research Workshop” hosted by İKMİB in Sapanca.

Strategic Steps were Determined
While evaluating in a broad perspective, from access to finance to logistics, from new international regulations to high value-added products, solution proposals that will carry the pharmaceutical industry to the future, and strategic steps to be taken in the short and medium term were determined with joint mind studies are at the roundtable meetings.

Adil Pelister: “Our pharmaceutical product group exports increased by 19.4 percent”
Making a presentation at the Pharmaceutical Industry Future Research Workshop, İKMİB Chairman of the Board Adil Pelister gave detailed information about the activities İKMİB has carried out so far. Stating that the exports of the pharmaceutical product group, which includes drugs, have increased from 863 million dollars to 1 billion 425 million dollars in the last 5 years, Pelister said, “The exports of our pharmaceutical product group increased by 19.4 percent last year compared to 2020. While we exported 1.4 billion dollars in 2021, our imports amounted to 6.8 billion dollars. The top five countries to which we exported the most in 2021 were Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan, Iraq, Iran, Thrace Free Zone and Germany, respectively. Exports to these five countries constitute 30.9 percent of the total exports in the sector. While our exports to Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan increased by 145.75 percent, our exports to Iran increased by 153.43 percent. We anticipate that our exports will continue to accelerate this year as well.”

“We want to put the Chemical Technology Center into operation by the end of the year”
Providing information about the latest status of the Chemical Technology Center (KTM), the most important project of İKMİB, Pelister said, “Within the scope of our İKMİB Chemical Technology Center establishment efforts, we have held various meetings and visited important universities and organizations. We are establishing a Chemical Technology Center where our companies in the chemical industry can get their certificates, where there are accredited tests and laboratories, where there are start-up areas, where search conferences can be held, and where there is a digital library. We established our company with the approval of our Ministry of Commerce under the name of “Chemistry Research Technology and Innovation Center (KATİM) A.Ş” in order to carry out the activities of KTM, whose feasibility studies we continue. We are continuing our preparations to put our Chemistry Technology Center into operation by the end of this year, which will begin to serve primarily our paint, plastic and plastic products, cosmetics and rubber industries.”