The 9th Future of Automotive Design Competition, organized by the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OİB) to develop value-added products and technologies in the sector, has started. 10 finalists compete for the first place in the competition organized under the theme of "Electric Vehicles".
OIB Board Chairman Baran Çelik: “As the automotive industry, we will reach the 15th export championship this year. Our average export for the last three years is 30 billion dollars. The competition will contribute to our country being a part of the digital transformation in the world automotive industry. We believe that Turkish automotive initiative projects will be a pioneer in electric vehicles.
Turkey is the only coordinator in exports of automotive industry association Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters' Union (OIB) held by the sector in order to develop value-added products and technologies 9. Future of Automotive Design Competition began. Ministry of Commerce support and Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM), the coordination of actual competition this year, "Electric Vehicles" is organized by theme.
The competition, which is the biggest R&D and innovation event of the automotive industry, which has managed to export to all 193 countries in the world, was hosted by OIB Board of Directors Chairman Baran Çelik and OIB Board Member and OGTY Executive Board Chairman Ömer Burhanoğlu. Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Deputy Minister of Trade Rıza Tuna Turagay and TİM President İsmail Gülle attended the opening. In the competition moderated by Technology and Trend Hunter Serdar Kuzuloğlu and watched by many people from industry professionals to academics, entrepreneurs and students, successful project owners who are placed in the competition will be awarded 250 thousand TL in total.
Baran Steel: "Turkey will be part of the transformation"
Speaking at the opening, OIB Board Chairman Baran Çelik said, “As the automotive industry, we can already say that this year we will reach the 15th championship. Our average export for the last three years is 30 billion dollars. Our country is the world's 14th and Europe's 4th largest motor vehicle manufacturer. "We are at an excellent point in the world in terms of quality awareness, production capability, supply infrastructure and a sought-after production center."
Reminding that the automotive industry is one of the sectors most affected by the change in the world with concepts such as big data, internet of things, e-mobility, Çelik said, “Traditional, internal combustion engine powered, mechanically weighted vehicles are replaced by electrical, interconnected, autonomous; that is, leaving it to software-heavy tools managed by artificial intelligence. Turkey unthinkable as we stay away from this transformation in the world, we aim to be an important part of this transformation. At this point, our goal as OIB; Turkey's production center, to include the design and development capability. In line with this goal, the Future of Automotive Design Competition, which we have been organizing since 2012, is the theme this year; At a time when the industry entered the age of electric and autonomous vehicles and our country accelerated its domestic electric vehicle investment, we defined it as “Electric Vehicles”. The competition will contribute to our country being a part of the digital transformation in the world automotive industry. We believe that Turkish automotive initiative projects will be a pioneer in electric vehicles, ”he said.
Stating that the share of electric vehicles in the total market has increased rapidly in developed countries with high environmental awareness, Baran Çelik said, “In the April-June period of this year, electrified vehicle (ECV) sales, including plug-in hybrids, were 53% in EU countries compared to the same period last year. increased. In the first half of the year in EU countries, sales of electrically charged vehicles increased by 77%. The share of electrically rechargeable vehicles in total sales, which was 3% in the whole of last year in EU countries, increased to 7% in the first six months of this year. "These figures do not include hybrid vehicles that can charge themselves / without connection," he said.
Burhanoğlu: "Investors are needed to enter the global arena"
OİB OGTY Executive Board Chairman Ömer Burhanoğlu said, “More than 4 thousand projects have been evaluated in our contest so far. Among these, 193 were supported and 31 received awards. 65 percent of the entrepreneurs who also receive incubation support from ITU Çekirdek continue their activities. While 48 percent of these entrepreneurs become companies, they provide employment for 350 people. The total investment amount received by these enterprises, with a turnover of 81 million TL, was 26 million TL. Are these numbers enough or not. Because investors are needed to make the level reached in entrepreneurs sustainable and to bring them to the level of the global arena. We need main and supply industry representatives ”.
"Automotive is a driving force for other sectors as well"
TIM President Ismail Shot in "Automotive serious way in which Turkey and the foreign trade surplus in the sector which contribute to its destination. Last September, we reached the highest September exports with 16 billion dollars. The contribution of automotive to our country's exports with 2,6 billion dollars is undeniable. Automotive, which is the dynamo of the country's industry, is also a driving force for other sectors. We have high expectations from our automotive industry. We will be instrumental in good work together, this competition is one of them. To increase value-added exports, original, innovative, commercialization of projects where competition can is important because it provides better design, but also in designing the future of the Turkey, "he said.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır said, “The fact that 291 applications are made to the competition shows how important and motivated the competition is by the ecosystem. We strive to work in line with the goals of the National Technology Move, ”he said.
Deputy Minister of Trade Rıza Tuna Turagay said, “The most important point; The unit price of kg in the automotive main and supplier industry is 9 dollars and 37 cents, approximately 10 dollars. Turkey's export unit price of 2020 kg in 1 dollars. We now have to make $ 20. ”Haydar Yenigün, Chairman of the Automotive Industrialists Association, made presentations on 'Electric Vehicles for the Future of Automotive' and 'Featured Technologies in Urban Transport', MOV Automotive CEO Bruno Lambert.
Bursa Uludağ University was also presented with 40 projects to the Future of Automotive Design Competition as the University that sent the most projects. OIB OGTY Executive Board Member Ali İhsan Yeşilova and BUÜ Rector Prof. Dr. Ahmet Saim Guide participated. Continuing with panels, the competition program, in which 291 applications were made and 10 projects made it to the finals, will end with the rewarding of the winners.