According to the Chairman of the Turkish Steel Exporters Association, Mr Namik Ekinci, the delegation comprising 22 Turkish steel manufacturers and exporters will arrive in the country on September 19. The Chairman will lead the delegation. Tanzania has been enjoying a fast growing construction industry with an average growth rate of 10.2 per cent. The delegation's itinerary issued to the ‘Sunday News' indicates that the team will hold meetings with key ministries in the country whose jurisdiction touches on steel and also private sector dealers in steel. The meetings will take place in Dar es Salaam. "We intend to make contact with relevant government departments and private sector players who deal in steel industry. Tanzania has a very vibrant construction sector and we see this as a great partnership opportunity," said Mr Ekinci. Currently, Tanzania has 21 steel industries producing approximately 200,000 tonnes of iron per annum. The industry utilizes scrap metal from factories and is at times forced to import scrap metal from neighbouring countries to meet demand. Recent reports show that between 2007 and 2012, the demand of billets by the steel manufacturing industries has been between 600,000 and 700,000 tons, equal to the smelting of 750,000 and 910,000 tonnes of scrap metal each year. The Turkish companies represented are offering a wide range of flat and long steel products to Tanzanian buyers, including HR/CR coils, diamond and tear-drop pattern plates, wire rods, billets, beams, bars, hollow sections, tubes, pipes and other steel products. Turkey has emerged very strongly on the global steel market and is today the second largest crude steel producer in Europe, and tenth largest in the world. Total crude steel production was expected to reach 38 million tons at the end of 2012, with exports of around 18.1 million tons worth US$ 15.4 billion in 2011. Turkish steel has been in several high-profile projects around the world, including the Al Burj tower in Dubai, at 1,050 metres the world's tallest building, the Dubai Underground Project, Heathrow Airport terminal extension, Turkey-Greece natural gas pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline. Turkish steel is also used in car manufacturing of Toyota Corolla and Verso, Honda Civic & City, Hyundai Accent & Matrix, Renault Megane & Clio and Fiat Albea, Palio Doblo & Linea. Steel Exporters' Association was established in October 2005 with the basic aim of increasing exports and facilitating the business of its 652 member firms. The Association maximizes Turkey's steel export potential by undertaking studies on harmonization of types, qualities and quantities of exportable products with importing countries' needs, organizing trade missions to potential export markets, bringing buyer missions to Turkey, organizing seminars, fairs and exhibitions, resolving problems faced by member firms arising from export transactions and carrying out other activities to support its members and their business.