Brief description of the organisation:

TUKDER (TUGLA ve KREMİT SANAYİCİLERİ DERNEGİ) is the Turkish Association of Manufacturers of Bricks and Tiles of Clay. The association was founded in 1997 in Istanbul to represent industrialists manufacturing clay products. Its main objectives are to find solutions to problems of the sector, to increase quality, to reach the level of international or national standards, to carry out activities for correct use of clay and tile by public, manufacturers, implementers and marketers. TUKDER has increased its activities in Ankara after 2000 and made significant progress in achieving its goals. The Association has 108 registered members and is among the prominent officially recognized non-governmental organizations representing a wide base of Turkey. TUKDER regularly organises and runs training courses for its members introducing new standards on clay and tile, laboratory applications, and quality management.

Brief description of tasks attributed:

The SMEs Association (SME AGs) of the clay brick/block industry sector are leading the project through their role in the Exploitation Committee and the Management Board. Specifically, TUKDER will mainly contribute to WPs 2 and 3, in terms of development of products and construction technologies; knowledge transfer to SMEs; dissemination and exploitation of project results.

Key staff involved in the project:

Çetin Çelik: Partner Coordinator