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BURSA-EXPORTS IN JANUARY -Exports from Bursa reach 1.5 billion USD in January.

BURSA, Feb 1, 2011 (TUR) -- Exports by Uludag Exporter Unions (UIB) member companies in January, 2011 were worth over 1.5 billion USD.

UIB consists of companies doing business in and around the north-western province of Bursa.

In a written statement issued Tuesday, the UIB said that the automotive sector led all exports from the region in January.

The exports from the automotive sector of the UIB increased by six percent in January when compared to the same term last year and reached a value of 1.3 billion USD.

The greatest increase in exports from the UIB took place in the sector of fresh fruits and vegetables. In January, the exports of fresh fruits and vegetables went up 83 percent when compared to the same period last year and reached a value of 5,108,000 USD.

In 2010, the UIB exported goods worth 114 billion USD while its imports were recorded as 185.5 billion USD.

Bursa is the center of the Turkish automotive industry. Factories of motor vehicle producers like Fiat and Renault, as well as automotive parts producers like Bosch and Mako have been active in the city for decades.

The textile and food industries are equally strong, with Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other beverage brands, as well as fresh and canned food industries being present in the city's organized industrial zones.

Traditionally, Bursa was famous for being the largest center of silk trade in the Byzantine and later the Ottoman empires, during the period of the lucrative Silk Road. The city is still a major center for textiles in Turkey and is home to the Bursa International Textiles and Trade Center. Bursa was also known for its fertile soil and agricultural activities, which have decreased in the recent decades due to the heavy industrialization of the city.

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