Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, "New Journey" with the motto made a presentation on December 27 said that Turkey's car off. Noting that the works are continuing, Minister Varank said, “There is no serious delay in our dream of a domestic car. Our team; continues to negotiate with potential suppliers. We do not foresee any major disruption regarding the groundbreaking date of the factory to be established in Gemlik. There can be up to a few weeks of changes. The factory is in the process of receiving the EIA report. The ground studies will probably be completed in 10 days, ”he said.
Calling the automotive industry, Varank said, “Plan the return process very well. When demand starts to revive, you need to feed the market in the best way. With the strengthening of the demand, you will need your most supplier SMEs. Their competence will empower you. This epidemic reaffirmed the importance of localization, including access to raw material resources. Improve your production capabilities, diversify your ecosystem. We want you to be brave in strategic investment moves. ”
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank attended the Board Meeting of the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) via video conference method. During the meeting, OSD President Haydar Yenigün made a presentation and talked about the precautions they took regarding workers during this process. Yenigün also stated that they have experienced a process that they did not foresee until now. Speaking after the Yenigün Varank Minister of Turkey made statements about the status and production phases of the car. Congratulating the month of Ramadan, Varank said:
DESTRUCTION OCCURS: No country in the world is immune to the Covid-19 outbreak. Apart from the direct effects on the outbreak of human health, destruction began to occur on economic and social balances. International trade, capital movements and tourism have been badly damaged.
THE MANUFACTURER IS TRYING TO STOP: We see sharp fluctuations in world stock markets and commodity markets. The fact that supply and demand shock are experienced at the same time further increases the uncertainty of the upcoming process. While consumers' behavior patterns are changing, manufacturers are trying to stand on this slippery ground. The estimates made predict that the worst contraction in the last 100 years will be experienced in the global economy. It was in this environment, naturally affected by this process in Turkey.
They interrupted the production: Industrial production, investment appetite and export data were very good in the first two months of the year. Unfortunately, we started to experience contractions in the trade and production front with the epidemic. As of the second half of March, electricity consumption in the industry started to decrease. Most of the factories operating in the automotive and textile sectors have decided to suspend production.
WE PROTECTED THE RIGHTS: From the beginning of the outbreak, we have taken care to protect the rights of the producer and the laborer in the best way. We announced special support programs through KOSGEB, TÜBİTAK and development agencies. We made it possible to work remotely in technoparks and R&D centers. In line with the course of the epidemic in our country and the demand of industrialists, we did not have an approach to close factories.
TURKEY AS POSITIVE had to parse: Even on days of curfew; We have ensured that producers who have an export commitment or that may suffer great losses in case of a break in their activities continue to work. In this way, Turkey has decomposed in the positive direction in many countries.
SUCCESS OF R&D ECOSYSTEM: We produced mass production of intensive care respiratory equipment that many countries did not have or had difficulty in producing in just two weeks. This success is the success of Turkish industry, entrepreneur and R&D ecosystem. We downloaded a world-class product with a national mobilization spirit from the mass production line in a record day of 14 days.
OUR FACE FLOW: Turkey's future in the high-tech and value-added production. In this process, we are aware of the importance of the automotive industry, which is the locomotive of our industry. This sector; Our face to face in many fields such as employment, R&D and export. We are among the top 5 producers of the world and we are in the top 5 in Europe. We can export to 190 countries on XNUMX continents.
5 OUR FUNDAMENTAL EXPECTATION: If the precautions are followed at the highest level during the month of Ramadan, we hope that our country will switch to normal life after the feast. Therefore, the automotive sector should be prepared for the new normal in the best way. At this point, we have 5 basic expectations from you.
GO TO SUPPLIERS: First, the most important thing is to ensure the health of your employees. Plan your return process very well. Our second expectation is that you are agile. When demand starts to revive, you need to feed the market in the best way. Third, we expect you to claim your suppliers. With the strengthening of the demand, you will need your most supplier SMEs. Their competence will empower you.
BRAVE IN STRATEGIC INVESTMENT: Fourth, you should focus on increasing your localization rates. This epidemic reaffirmed the importance of localization, including access to raw material resources. Therefore; Never stop investing in R&D, innovation and human resources. Improve your production capabilities, diversify your ecosystem. Finally, we want you to be brave in strategic investment moves.
NO DELAY IN DOMESTIC CAR: We introduced our cars to the world on December 27 with the motto Journey to Innovation. Studies have been continuing since then. There is no serious delay in our domestic automobile dream! Our team; It continues to negotiate with potential suppliers in Korea, England, Germany, Spain, Italy and our country.
EIA REPORT AS OK: We do not foresee any major disruption regarding the groundbreaking date of the factory to be established in Gemlik. Considering the normalization process, we will evaluate the process in line with the possibilities. There can be up to a few weeks of changes. The factory is in the process of receiving the EIA report. Ground studies will probably be completed in 10 days.