Could you tell us about the Davut Marble company? For how long have you been in the natural stone industry? What are the phases that Davut Marble went through?
The demand on natural stones in the world rapidly increases as of recent years. The outbreak of using natural stones as building and decoration materials led to the increment of natural stone production in the world. Our country is highly rich in qualified and extensive marble reserves. This industry plays an important role in terms of our national economy. The share of the natural stones in the mining industry of Turkey gradually increases. As Davut Construction Ind. And Trade Inc., we decided to enter the marble sector in 2007 and initiated our marble quarries by the name Davut Marbsektörel le in İskenderun/Hatay. Our quarry is located exactly 5 kms away from the Port of Iskenderun and the train stations. Also the climatic factors allow our quarry to function all year. By the end of 2009, our company started its productions and it continues to support the stone-working technologies of natural stones by making no concessions
to the ever-growing quality. We launched our showroom in İstanbul in 2011. It managed to bring a new perspective by offering solutions
peculiar to architects for various projects such as residences, hotels and shopping malls, in order to reinterpret the style and elegancy of the natural stones. Our warehouse is launched in İstanbul in 2015. It provides service in Sultanbeyli for it’s a zone that allows to address the flash needs of the customers. Our marble sales continue both in blocks and flags at home and abroad. We make our productions in a highly meticulous manner with very experienced and well-versed colleagues because we know the importance of natural stones regarding our country. We manufacture marble blocks in three different colors in our quarries. These are the black marbles (Black Marble – Black Queen – Alexandrette Black), the brown marbles (Brown Marble – Brown Queen – Bruno Perla) and Ora Venato. Our quarry has high technology equipment and wideranging hardware and it considerably contributes to the natural stone market in Turkey.
What are your expectations for the domestic market specific to İstanbul?
The interest shown for marble and natural stones in the recent years fills us with pride and we work day and night to make it better. Our
country is a paradise in terms of natural stones and both the manufacturer and the consumer need to know its value. İstanbul is a great metropolis and a global city. We keep going by providing solutions with the cooperations of architects and project owners both in brand and boutique projects. There is a huge visual competition in the construction industry of Turkey and the use of marble creates awareness and adds quality to it. Companies that consider this factor always step forward in the marketing field. In our İstanbul showroom and warehouse, we provide solutions for any kind of demand, either brand or boutique projects.
What kind of future investments are you willing to make?
We are moving forward by following every modernization act and world trend to take the industry a step further.
As a company executive, how do you position the Turkish natural stones when considered in global scale?
When the Turkish natural stone industry is considered in terms of the global scale, i think we need to aim for marketing the natural stone in real value with the right strategy, without start competing among us and reducing the price. We have more pluses than minuses when compared to the other countries that industrialized this business. We need to present the Turkish natural stone to the whole world first-hand and in real value, through penetrating into every market without making concessions to its well-deserved value. Most importantly, we need to turn this potential into an advantage without making the mistake of competing with each other.