Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, Turkey's four corners from stating that comes in succession of new investment news, "The automotive industry's leading manufacturers of Ford Otosan, 'took a new decision to invest in Başiskele for the Next Generation of Commercial Vehicle and battery production. This investment of approximately 2 billion Euros will provide a significant additional added value to our country's economy. It will increase its vehicle production capacity by 210 thousand units annually and create direct employment for 3 thousand people. It will also contribute to more than 10 thousand additional jobs through supply chains. " said.
Minister Varank attended the “Başiskele Municipality 71 Service Vehicle Delivery Ceremony” in Kocaeli, 3 of which were donated by Ford Otosan and 74 of which were received with municipal resources. Ministers said that at the heart of Turkey in Kocaeli Varank industry, said:
Just next to each production and investment agenda in Turkey's Kocaeli not continue intensively. Turkey, by producing a taste of growth. Therefore, new investment news are coming from all corners of our country one after the other. Our strong industrial infrastructure, diligent work, our strength, our advantageous position in the supply chain makes Turkey attractive for investors from all over the world. Ford Otosan donates 71 service vehicles to Başiskele Municipality with the consciousness of contributing more to the city where it is located. However, this social responsibility project has a much greater meaning. This donation is one of the first gains of Ford Otosan's new investment in our country.
Ford Otosan, one of the leading manufacturers of the automotive industry, made a new investment decision in Başiskele for “Next Generation Commercial Vehicle and Battery Production”. This investment of approximately 2 billion Euros will provide a significant additional added value to our country's economy. It will increase its vehicle production capacity by 210 thousand units annually and create direct employment for 3 thousand people. Of course, it will contribute to more than ten thousand additional jobs through supply chains.
Only conventional vehicles will not be produced in the new facility. Fully electric vehicles and their batteries will also be produced here in accordance with the trends in the world. In other words, this investment will contribute to our country becoming an important center in electric vehicle production.
We also support Ford Otosan's investment within the scope of project-based incentives with the President's Decree published last December. This investment decision before I get everything I see this as a token of confidence in Turkey. Turkey in a very strong position as an automotive manufacturer. Despite all the negativities we experienced in 2020, the automotive sector was again a pioneer in our exports with a figure of over 25 billion dollars.
Investments made in the automotive sector offer development and advancement opportunities for other areas of the industry. It feeds and grows suppliers and brings new players to the ecosystem. Of power in Turkey's automotive industry, the world that there is a window of opportunity for investors all over again I would like to draw the gold. I hope this investment to be realized by our Ford Otosan company, with close to 70 percent domestic and 90 percent export rate, will contribute greatly to the economy of our country.
we have to build a new generation in Turkey in connection with the car will not pass without mentioning the ecosystem of mobile devices. We have set ourselves concrete and ambitious targets in the "Mobility Vehicles and Technologies Roadmap", which we have prepared in close cooperation with the industry and will be published soon.
FIRST 5: In vehicles produced in all modes; In other words, we will increase the localization rate from automobiles to locomotives, from commercial vehicles to ships to 75 percent. In 2030; We aim to be the leader in Europe and top 5 in the world in the production of electric, connected and autonomous light and heavy commercial vehicles.
We want to make our country one of the battery production centers with battery module, packaging and cell investments. The development of sub-technologies is another issue that we focus on sensitively. In this sense; We will support our competent companies producing in the electrical-electronics sector to produce for the automotive sector.
We seek to create an ecosystem that produces critical components such as electric motors, inverters, on-board chargers, thermal management and compressors. The future of the sector; software and artificial intelligence technologies will determine. Turkey has the intellectual capital can benefit from this window of opportunity in the best way. We want to be among the top 10 countries that develop and export connected and autonomous vehicle software, especially cyber security, driving safety and driver behavior modeling software. We will soon share our roadmap with the public.
Kocaeli Governor Great Wall Yavuz, Kocaeli is especially 18 years to the power levels, noting that Turkey into a country competing in the world, especially in technological infrastructure, he said trained manpower and a major contribution enables the powerful industries.
Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tahir Büyükakın said, “Kocaeli will not only be the 'capital of industry', but also the capital of information and technology. Informatics Valley gives one of the important clues about the future of this city. "He used expressions.
Başiskele Mayor Yasin Özlü said, “All vehicles will belong to our municipality. Savings will be created by selling our old vehicles. There will be no rental cars left in our municipality. While we will meet our vehicle needs for at least 10 years, we will also renew our service fleet. " he spoke.
After the speech, Mayor of Başiskele Yasin Özlü presented a painting to Minister Varank.
Varank got behind the wheel of the domestic production truck that was put into service with a ceremony. Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün and Başiskele Mayor Yasin Özlü were also present in the truck.