Koç Holding Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Ford Otosan Chairman of the Board of Directors Ali Y. Koç and Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün and Ford Otosan employees attended.
Ford Otosan, Europe's commercial vehicle production leader and Turkey's export champion, introduced “Turkey's first and only domestic transmission” with a ceremony held at its Eskişehir Plant. With the first and only domestic transmission investment that started in 2018, Ford Otosan has become one of the few global truck manufacturers that develops and manufactures all three engines, axles and transmissions.
Thanks to the 58 million Euro investment and 13,5 million TL R&D incentive of TÜBİTAK, the first and only local Ecotorq transmission designed and developed by Ford Otosan engineers, Ford Otosan's heavy commercial brand Ford Trucks has a wide range of services in heavy commercial vehicles manufactured in Eskişehir. localization rate will reach 90%. Turkey's first and only domestic gearbox, in which 230 engineers completed the design, test and development phases in 5 years, was tested on more than 1 million km in different and harsh conditions. With its new domestic transmission, Ford Trucks brand will contribute to the increase of Turkey's competitiveness in heavy commercial vehicle production in the global arena, and to the development of the sub-industry and supply ecosystem in Turkey.
Varank: “The domestic transmission designed and developed by Ford Otosan engineers has become our new pride”
Emphasizing that they are striving to develop with domestic production in Turkey, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said the following about Turkey's first and only domestic transmission: "Ford Otosan, which has been the export champion for the last 6 years, continues to invest in Turkey's present and future. . Despite the pandemic, it continues on its way without slowing down or even by raising gears. In December 2020, Ford Otosan announced the good news of a new investment of 2 billion Euros to the public. Again, at the beginning of this year, we accompanied our President to the signing ceremony of the purchase agreement between Ford Otosan and Ford Europe. After the Ecotorq engine developed with the support of TÜBİTAK, the domestic transmission designed and developed by Ford Otosan engineers with an investment of 58 million Euros has become our new pride. Ford Otosan; will become one of the few global truck manufacturers that can develop all three of the engine, axle and transmission. It will also contribute greatly to Turkey's competitive power in global markets with its transmission investment. The locality rate of the trucks, whose design and R&D are carried out by Turkish engineers, will reach 90%. In addition, the gearboxes produced will be exported to more than 40 countries in trucks. In summary, both Ford Otosan, the domestic automotive industry and Turkey will win. With this and similar high value-added investments, the construction of a large and powerful Turkey will take firm steps. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ford Otosan family, who contributed to the project, and wish Turkey's first and only domestic gearbox to be beneficial to our country and nation.
Ali Y. Koç: “We consider it our duty to realize the potential of our country and to always be positioned at a competitive point in the global arena”
Saying that he believes this valuable investment will contribute greatly to carrying the Turkish automotive industry into the future and increasing its competitiveness in the global arena, Ali Y. Koç, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Koç Holding and Chairman of the Board of Ford Otosan, said: We consider the vision our duty. The best summary of the reasons for the existence of our group is to see the potential, not to be discouraged, to develop and grow by saying 'homeland first'. This philosophy has become a part of our Group's DNA as the motto 'If my country exists, I exist'. Ford Otosan, which was established as a result of the long-term partnership between Koç Group and Ford Motor Company, continues to offer investment, production and value for these lands with this perspective.”
“The apple of our group's eye, Ford Otosan is a global player in every aspect of the automotive industry”
Underlining that the biggest deficiency of our country in global competition is investments in industry and technology, Ali Y. Koç said, “We all agree that this should increase. As Turkey, we need to be able to produce information and technology with our qualified human resources and to offer high value-added products and services in order to overcome this deficiency. As a community, our biggest goal is; By increasing Turkey's technological competitiveness, it is a global center and one of the world's leading players in this field. In order to realize this goal, in every job we do; we turn our direction to the future, sustainability, R&D and innovation. We strive to develop products and services for the future with our uninterrupted technology investments. Ford Otosan, the apple of the eye of our Group, which has made great strides in achieving this goal, is a global player in the automotive industry in all aspects today. And as of the point we have reached, we compete globally with innovative technologies. It makes us all proud that our heavy commercial vehicles, developed by Turkish engineers from A to Z with their high-level competencies, are in great demand in the country and compete with the 'Made in Turkey' stamp in the global arena.”
“A piece of us, I wish Turkey's first and only domestic gearbox to be beneficial for our country and the automotive industry”
Ali Y. Koç, emphasizing that he believes that the growth momentum and will of Ford Otosan, which realizes 25% of Turkey's automotive production and has been Turkey's export champion for the last 6 years, will become stronger, and that they continue their investments and works without slowing down, said, “As of today, We export our heavy commercial vehicles produced in Eskişehir to more than 40 countries, primarily Europe. After this worldwide success of F-MAX, we are happy to bring you Turkey's First and Only Domestic Transmission, which is a top-level engineering achievement. In the heavy commercial vehicle segment, we are adding a new one to our R&D and engineering capacity by developing and producing Turkey's first and only domestic transmission and a product with high technological added value from scratch. We attach great importance to the issue of locality and continue to offer added value to our economy by maximizing the locality rate of our vehicles. The domesticity rate of our heavy commercial vehicles, which we produce together with our domestic transmission, has approached 90 percent. As a country, we give priority to the locality rate in many industries. This truck is truly a work of Turkish engineering and craftsmanship. A piece of us, I wish that Turkey's first and only domestic gearbox will be beneficial for our country and the automotive industry.”
“Trying to understand Turkey with short-term analysis is a big mistake; Everyone who invests in this country in the long run wins”
Ali Y. Koç said, “A more prosperous, more stable, happier Turkey of the future is our common dream” and continued his words as follows: “I wholeheartedly believe that we have all kinds of potential to realize this dream together. With its vision of creating long-term value, Koç Group will continue to invest in the future of this country and share with our people what it gains from this land. Let no one doubt that. I hope that the success of our Group, which acts in this way, even during the most difficult periods of our economy, and the success of our international partners who trust us, will inspire and set an example for everyone. As I repeat at every opportunity, it is a big mistake to try to understand Turkey with short-term analysis; Anyone who invests in this country in the long run wins. You can be sure that we will continue to work with our vision of creating long-term value, to take responsibility and contribute to our country in the light of Vehbi Koç's founding principle with the words 'If I have a country, I exist'.
Yenigün: “It will contribute greatly to the competitiveness of our domestic gearbox brand and our country in the international arena”
Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigün stated that they continue to shape the future of the automotive industry as the only “Turkish automotive company” with the capabilities and infrastructure to completely design, develop and test a vehicle, including its engine, until it turns into a commercial product from scratch:
“As Ford Otosan, the leading power of the Turkish automotive industry, we have been breaking new ground and writing success stories in the automotive industry for more than 60 years. With our successful investments, we are growing our country's automotive ecosystem and suppliers together with us. We continue to grow together. At the point we have reached today, we are exporting our heavy commercial brand, our apple of the eye, Ford Trucks, and our tractor, road and construction series heavy commercial vehicles produced in Eskişehir to more than 40 countries. As Ford Otosan, we have developed and produced with our own resources, and the awards received, especially the 'International Truck of the Year' award for the F-MAX, create a great impact all over the world and increase the demand for our vehicles. Despite the pandemic that has affected the world, we continue our structuring and growth in the most important markets of Europe with Ford Trucks. These successes are not accidental, of course. Behind the pride we experience today, besides our engineers, who started product engineering studies right after its establishment and made this unit the largest R&D in the private sector in Turkey over the years, our excellent production facilities and working facilities that have been working with the highest quality, efficiency and flexibility since the first day. we have friends. And today… Happily, our company is making another innovation with the gearbox that we developed entirely from design to testing processes. With the domestic transmission, which we have implemented with an investment of 58 million Euros, we increase the localization rate of our vehicles from 74% to 90%, making a great contribution to the competitiveness of our brand and our country in the international arena. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all my colleagues who contributed to the implementation of the domestic gearbox. In addition, we would like to thank our state, its institutions and our Minister of Industry and Technology, Mr. Mustafa Varank, for their support and belief in us.”
Ford Trucks' global growth continues unabated despite the pandemic
Ford Otosan's heavy commercial vehicle brand Ford Trucks, which manufactures and develops vehicles not only in Turkey but also in more than 40 countries for global markets, continues its global growth without slowing down despite the pandemic. After the 2019 International Truck of the Year (ITOY) award, Ford Trucks has delayed its growth plans with the high demand from Europe for the F-MAX. completed. Finally, the company, which has recently moved to Germany, Europe's largest heavy commercial market, aims to expand its global growth to 2019 countries by the end of 2021 and 45 countries by the end of 2024.