Silkworm won the tram in Izmir, but lost the job: The readers of these columns will remember… Izmir Metropolitan Municipality opened an international tender for the 22-kilometer tram line. World giant 15 consortiums, including very ambitious wagon manufacturers, participated in the tender.
On February 28, 2014, we announced that Gülermak company won the tender by proposing Silkworm vehicles, with the heading “The pride of Altepe: Silkworm will wander the streets of İzmir” in these columns.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu's statement to Yalçın Bayere from Hürriyet Newspaper “Bursa's Silkworm has become an important item of the election in İzmir!” We announced it on March 18, 2014 with the title. Kocaoğlu had said the following:
De A Turkish company in Bursa won the tender for the tram as well as the steamer and excavator ship. After that, the municipalities that make trams will buy tram locks from a local company. That industrialist will develop. So will develop technologies in Turkey, will be lifted dependence on foreign sources. "
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Although the contractor Gülermak won the tender with Silkworm, he informed İzmir Metropolitan Municipality that Rotem will use Hyundai vehicles instead of Silkworm in the contract stage. He agreed.
Nobody could understand why Hyundai, which has never produced a tram until today, instead of Silkworm, the trump card of Kocaoglu, won the election.