Umit Onder, the vice president of Turkish Informatics Association (TUBIDER) stated that computer sales increased significantly as the centre of business, education and social life moved to home as a result of Covid-19.
Onder talked about the computer industry figures regarding the first 8 months of 2020, he said:
‘’ Distant education and distant work have become indispensable parts of our lives due to the corona virus. The demand towards portable computers increased significantly; the value of portable computers increased by 70 percent in the first 8 months of the year compared to the same period of 2019. Last year, 1.6 million computers were sold in Turkey and in the first 8 months of this year, 915 thousand computers were already sold; hence, there is a 40 percent growth.
‘’ Factories cannot meet with the demand.’’
Umit Onder, stated that the demand towards IT products has made the capacity utilization rates of factories reach above the limit and said:
‘’ Supply problems emerged with the increasing demand for information technology products worldwide. There are production difficulties due to supply problems in the second half of 2020 after much higher demand than the agreements made in accordance with annual targets of the first half of the year. Apart from the increase in demand, some spare parts manufacturers were financially affected by the epidemic, which also created problems in raw material supply. I advise consumers to get their technological needs as soon as possible without a delay. “
Pointing out that the tendency towards technology is increasing rapidly, Onder said:
‘’After the pandemic process, software and hardware fields of computer industry have been seriously captured attention. People spend an average of 6 hours a day online. Gaming computer sales increased 2 times more compared to the same period of last year. On the other hand, retail stores were the places where 70 percent of the information technology sector’s sales were made; IT turnover fell 40-45 percent due to online sales, yet online stores have taken the lost share here. Within this period, we can say that 60-70 percent of the market turned to online sales. Since the beginning of the second half of the year, with the opening of the stores and normalization period, the sales rate of retail stores and the sales rate of online stores have reached the level of 50-50 percent. As in all global markets, online sales platform in Turkey is now also achieved significant growth.’’
Onder stated that the information and communication sector in the world is valued at $5 trillion and this figure is calculated as $27 billion in Turkey. Onder said:
‘’Turkey can achieve significant advantages from the global supply chain system disrupted by the epidemic; if the opportunities are used well, the size of the Turkish IT sector can rise to 50 billion dollars and this will attract the global investors.’’
source: AA / translated by Melisa Karayusufoglu