The General Secretariat of Central Anatolian Exporters started operating upon establishment of the "Cement and Soil Products Exporters Association" in 1989. Cement and Soil Products (Cement, Glass, Ceramic etc.) Exporters Association, which has more than 2,100 members, is the sole coordinating union in this sector throughout Turkey.
Turkish Cement, Glass, Ceramic and Soil Products Sector enjoys a significant position in Europe, America, Middle East, Africa etc., in other words all over the world. Export value of the sector increased by 3% in 2010 compared to the previous year, amounting to USD 3.3 billion. 32% of its export was made to the European Union countries as 27 % and 17 % were made to the Middle East countries and African countries, respectively.
Efforts are exerted under the coordination of the 11-strong Executive Board of the Association, expanding the opportunities for the sector and seeking solutions to the problems; similarly, initiatives are undertaken over the issues which are of immediate concern to the sector. Thus, contribution is made to the competitiveness of the sector in the international markets. In addition, the Ceramics Promotion Group, the secretariat of which is carried out by OAİB, intensively maintain its efforts to develop the image of the ceramics sector in the overseas markets and exports.