The rapidly growing consumer electronics industry in the world continues to be of interest to Turkey. After global players from the Far East, another technology giant TCL specialized in mobile devices, preferred Turkey. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank announced that TCL, which has joined forces with Arçelik, has started smartphone production in Tekirdağ.
Minister Varank, who examined the production facility in Tekirdağ, addressed global brands: We provide a wide range of incentives and advantages. Consider not only the Turkish market, but also exports from Turkey. Produce efficiently and reduce costs by increasing domestic suppliers.
PRODUCTION WITH TCL BRAND
Varank is located in Kapaklı district of Tekirdağ. Çerkezköy He visited the facility that started production with the TCL brand in OSB. During his visit to Varank, Tekirdağ Governor Aziz Yıldırım, Tekirdağ Deputy Mustafa Yel, Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University Rector Prof. Dr. Mümin Şahin, AK Party Tekirdağ Provincial President Mestan Özcan, Trakya Development Agency General Secretary Mahmut Şahin, Kapaklı Mayor Mustafa Çetin and Çerkezköy Eyüp Sözdinler, Chairman of the OSB Board of Directors.
GLOBAL BRANDS TO TURKEY
During the visit, Koç Holding Durable Goods Group President Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu, TCL Europe President Frank Zhang, Arçelik Turkey General Manager Can Dinçer and TCL Mobil Turkey Country Manager Serhan Tunca briefed Minister Varank about the production facility and products. After examining the facility, he signed the mobile phones that came off the serial production line. Minister Varank, in his later evaluation, said that global brands in the smartphone market have started to attract their investments to Turkey.
CAPACITY 450 THOUSAND, TARGET 1 MILLION
Stating that the smartphone market continues to grow in the world and in Turkey, Varank said, “TCL has entered into a cooperation with Arçelik and they are producing together. The annual production capacity of this place is 450 thousand phones. Currently, production is carried out with the SKD system, but in the coming period, they will bring more parts to Turkey and assemble them with the CKD system, and they also have the intention to increase their production capacity to 2022 million phones in 1.” said.
THEY STRONG ALSO IN THE TELEVISION MARKET
Stating that TCL is an important brand both in China and globally, Varank said, “They are very strong especially in the LCD sector and television market. In Turkey, they are starting to operate in both the television and smart phone markets with their own production.” he said.
BENEFIT FROM TURKEY'S ADVANTAGES
Noting that they provide a wide range of incentives and advantages to global brands and domestic manufacturers, Varank said, “We have the following advice to global brands: Don't just think about the Turkish market, think especially about exports from Turkey, and increase domestic suppliers to produce your brand in our country more efficiently and reduce your costs. In this way, benefit from the advantages of Turkey in your global market race.” said.
WE WILL STRIVE TO INCREASE INVESTMENT
Explaining that different brands have plans to take actions in their investment strategies and their intention to increase their targets, Varank emphasized that as the ministry, together with other units of the government, global brands will do their best to further increase their technology investments in Turkey.
TURKISH MARKET AFTER EXPORT
Koç Holding Durable Goods Group President Ebiçlioğlu stated that TCL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of television and mobile phones, and said, “We started a cooperation with them, primarily for the Turkish market and then for export. We started the production of TCL branded mobile phones in our own production facilities.” said.
TCL Europe President Zhang pointed out that the Government has provided them with many conveniences in working with a local partner and emphasized that this gives them more confidence in investing in Turkey.
4 MODELS BY THE END OF THE YEAR
TCL Mobil Turkey Country Manager Tunca said, “With the encouragement of our Minister, we completed the test production of our first mobile phone. We are very excited to meet Turkish users with Arçelik's added value and TCL's technical capabilities. By the end of the year, we will have produced 4 mobile phone models in Turkey.” said.
TCL AND ARÇELİK'S STRENGTH
TCL is among the fastest growing technology companies in the world. TCL's television and mobile devices are sold in more than 160 countries, and there are also audio devices and smart home products. Arçelik, with which TCL has joined forces, sells its products in nearly 12 countries with its 30 brands and 150 thousand employees worldwide. It is stated that the partnership between TCL and Arçelik will develop further in the coming period.