Machinery and production technology suppliers Turkey: Good signals for machinery and production technology

Author / Editor: Yalcin Gür, MM Turkey / Lisa Saller, Lisa Saller

Turkish machinery and production technology suppliers have reasons to be optimistic. Thre good signals can already be noted for 2016, including fairs, increasing export figures and investments.

Mercedes Benz announced plans to upgrade its truck plant in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray.
Mercedes Benz announced plans to upgrade its truck plant in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray.
(Photo: Mercedes Benz)

Win Eurasia Automation 2016 was successfully held at Istanbul

Win Eurasia Automation, one of the leading innovation fairs of Turkey, which took place between March 17th and 20th, 2016 in Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center of İstanbul, brought together integrated solutions for new generation factories in Automation, Electrotech, Hydraulic & Pneumatic and Material Handling. This year´s event also made it possible to observe the impacts of Industry 4.0, which indicates to a new era.

According to the final report of last year’s event, 1,581 companies from 21 countries displayed their products and made business connections in the exhibition. The event was visited by 77,244 professionals primarily from the electric, electronic, machine, automotive, automation and energy industries. The event, accepted as a gateway to new markets in Middle East, Africa and Middle Asia, was expecting more visitors this year because of their new organization with supporting associations.


The export of the machinery of Turkey increased in February 2016

According to the data, Machinery sector of Turkey exported products worth 1billion and 83 million US Dollars which is meaning a 6% increase compared to the value of February 2015. Adnan Dalgakıran, the president of Machinery Exporters Union of Turkey, states that the sector overcame the stagnation occurred in February fast and succeeded a 21% increase compared to the last month. Pointing out to the physiological limit determined as 2 billion US Dollar, which is aimed to overcome, Dalgakıran says that the sector is happy to get very close to that value. Dalgakıran underlined the positive activation in support of Turkey in the US, Italian and Romanian markets, compensating the negative effect of the Russian market and guessed that Turkey’s machinery export will reach 15 billion dollars by the end of this year.

Important investments of global players in Turkey

Ford Otosan authorities explained that they took on the leadership in Europe’s commercial vehicles market and also broke production, sales and export records in 2015. Haydar Yenigün, General Manager of Ford Otosan, which is owned by the Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding, stated that the company exported 253,644 commercial vehicles last year which were produced in the company’s largest commercial vehicle production center in Europe which contributed significantly to the brand’s success in Europe and became the market leader.

Yenigün went on explanations such as: “The joint venture manufactured 334,622 commercial vehicles of various sizes and types in Turkey last year which is reaching a 37% increase over 2014 production figures. Ford Otosan also increased the number of vehicles shipped to global markets, going up by 32% in comparison to 2014, reaching 253,644 vehicles and generating revenue of USD 3.4 billion. The company has also been “Turkey’s top automotive exporter” for the past five years. In addition to production, Ford Otosan carries out R&D at its Sancaktepe R&D Center in Istanbul, which is the largest of its kind in Turkey, employing more than 1,500 personnel and supports Ford’s global operations by designing and engineering vehicles.”

More good news

Toyota Motors chooses Adapazarı City of Turkey as the production location of the company’s new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) and will increase capacity at the plant to 280,000 vehicles per year from its current level of 150,000.

The Turkish division of Mercedes Benz announced plans to upgrade its truck plant in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray and the 113 million Euro investment in the plant which will nearly double the production capacity and create 1,200 new jobs over the next three years.

Tofaş, one of the most biggest production and R&D centers of FCA –Fiat Chrysler Automobiles- announced that the investments will continue. Following the new Sedan Automobile Project, Tofaş plans to start producing two new models as hatchback and station wagon in 2016. Tofaş will invest 520 million US dollars for the production of two new models.