Turkey’s automotive sector broke its all‐time record with the number of vehicles produced in 2011, by reaching the nearly 1.2 million mark, the sector manufactured approximately 650,000 passenger cars and 550,000 commercial vehicles last year, marking an 11 % increase from the year.
With a growing economy and young, educated workforce, Turkey is expanding auto production exponentially. Companies across the world, such as Nissan, Ford, Fiat, Toyota, Hyundai and BMW, are racing to Turkey and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to setup new factories and expand existing ones to supply both the international and domestic market. These indicators point to a structural shift within the Turkish auto sector indicating that Turkey is on the verge of a breakthrough in its goal of becoming one of the top auto producers not just in Europe but globally.
Turkey is now considering creating a “Made in Turkey” brand as well to showcase their achievements to the rest of the world.
While there were a number of outstanding speakers at the event, the Chairman of the summit, Mr. Süheyl BAYBALI from Komsan Otomotiv particularly stood out. Not only was he a brilliant Chairman, ensuring the smooth running of the summit, his long experience in this industry makes him a well-respected figure and the delegates listened intently to his comments and evaluation. His extensive knowledge and management skill shaped up the event from the very beginning until the end. We also want to extend our gratitude to Mr. HasanPehlivan, Mr. Cüneyt KALKAN, Mr. Torben ECKARDT, Mr. Tolga DOĞANCIOĞLU, Mr. Cenk ULU, Mr. İlkim SANCAKTAROĞLU, Mr. Muhittin KORA, Mr. Orhan ÖZER, Mr. Steven WYATT, Mr. Taner GÖÇMEZ, Mr. Orhan ALANKUŞ, Ms. İffet TÜRKEN, Mr. Hakan ÖZENÇ, Mr. Muharrem ERKAN, Mr. David John SHEPHERD, Ms. Josefin MEUSINGER, Mr. Ümit ÇEVİK, Mr. Hakan DOĞU, and Mr. Şafak DOĞU for their contributions to the event. Their presentations spoke to the heart of the main issues facing the Automotive industry and their eagerness to build the industry is commendable.
Noppen would like to express a special thanks to the superb speakers at the event and the sponsors of the 2nd Annual Turkey Auto Summit, ABB Ltd, AudatexCEE and TE Connectivity. We have no doubt that your contribution helped in making this event a success.