Packaging industry in Turkey is a rapidly developing sector. Rapid urbanization, population growth, increase in living standards, increase in participation of women in business, changes in consumption habits, increase in retail shopping tendency with increase of shopping centers, increase in demand for consumption products and increase in exports are main factors of rapid development of industry.
Thera are about 3,000 companies producing packaging materials in Turkey. The majority of these firms are medium and small scale firms. The firms in the packaging sector are active in İstanbul, İzmir, Bursa, Ankara, Konya, Kocaeli, Gaziantep, Adana, Kayseri and Manisa.
Companies in the sector have been operating in five main groups; plastic, paper-cardboard, metal, glass and wooden packaging.
Plastic packaging industry in Turkey is over 1.5 million tons. Turkish PE and PP woven bags and nets sector has significant production and export capacity.
Paper, cardboard and corrugated cardboard products have become one of the important sectors of the packaging industry and most of the production in the packaging industry belongs to this sector
Turkey has an advanced glass industry. In the glass industry, Turkey Sise ve Cam Fab. Inc. the internal market is dominant and Anadolu Cam exports glass packaging as well as packaging production technologies. Glass packaging is used especially in the food industry, where recycling is of great importance.
Wood packaging; It is made up of wooden boxes, cases and pallets which are mostly used for the packaging of agricultural products (fresh fruits, vegetables, etc.). ISO 9001 and new ISPM 15 standards are widely available.
In addition, the Turkish packaging sector has achieved world standards. There is a significant increase in the number of companies that have ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000. Research and development in the sector and packaging designs made in this context have gained great importance in order to compete worldwide.
Turkish packaging manufacturers closely follow developments related to national and international environmental regulations and comply with these regulations. The goals with the "Packaging Waste Control Regulation" in force are,
The production of packages with environmental criteria, conditions and specifications,
Prevention of the formation of packaging wastes, reduction of the amount of non-avoidable packaging wastes to be disposed of by reuse, recycling and recovery,
Preventing the harmful contact of packaging wastes, directly or indirectly to the environment.
Establishing technical and administrative standards for the collection, transport and separation of packaging wastes in a specific management system at their source.