Automotive Sector records in 2015

According to the data announced by Automotive Industry Association (AIA), in 2015 the automotive sector set a record in manufacture and export.

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Istanbul- Automotive Industry Association which continues its work to improve Turkish Automotive Industry and to support more added-value to the country's economy, has announced the manufacture and export data related to 2015. According to the statement of Automotive Industry Association; the total production has increased by 16 percent compared to the previous year and reached to the number 1 million and 359 thousand. In 2015, Automotive Industry export increased by 12 percent compared to the previous year and reached the number 992 thousand.

Kudret Önen, the chairman of the executive board of  AIA shared his opinions about the year 2015 saying ''In the latest years, our industry which continues to work on the capacity and new product investments rapidly, has set a historic record attaining a very important growth in manufacture. It has set the record of export shipping 73 vehicles in every 100 manufactured, abroad. The growth in the  EU markets have contributed positively to the numbers of our industry's production and export. Our export has shown increase by 12 percent on the number base and in parallel to the decline in Euro-Dollar parity, while it has declined by 5 percent in Dollar base, it has increased by 14 percent in Euro base. The automotive industry, constituting the 15 percent of Turkey's export protected its first place in the sector rating.''



Önen, sharing the expectations of Turkish Automotive Industry in 2016 says ''Our industry continues its works in the case of capacity and and new project investments at the same pace. With these investments' coming to reality, in the last 5 years the manufacture capacity has increased to the number 1.7 million from 1.5 million. We are expecting more increase in export in 2016 with our industry's current and newly put into use product investments. With our government's industry supporting policies, the continuity of stability in the domestic market, the maintaining of our country's competitiveness in the new projects and thus the continuity of  new investments' drawing to our country are in the best position for our sector.'' Önen, drawing attention to the continuing investments in 2016 says '' With these investments, we are expecting that the capacity of our industry will reach to the number of 1.9 million from 1.7 million. With the new projects coming into action and  the ongoing investments, we are predicting that manufacture and export will gain a sustainable growth. New projects supported with incentives, in the year 2016 will show increase especially in the export based manufacture. Of course, these anticipations depend on a stable domestic market and a process that isn't affected by purchasing decisions in the economy.''



Önen says ''As it is given importance in the government programme, automotive industry is of great strategic importance for our country.'' and points out '' With our government's implementing of research and development incentives' contibutions, our county has become an automotive base where new project products are being developed for the global automotive brands. According to the datas of the first 9 months of 2015, among the European Union countries in the case of the manufacturing of commercial vehicles our country has come 1st place and in the case of the manufacturing of automobiles it has come 7th. Among the automobile production in the global scale our 17th position in 2014 has increased to 16th by the end of the first nine months of 2015. With the ongoing and upcoming projects, we are expecting that this position of ours will be even more strengthened.'' Turkey, by making its export's 15 percent real, the Automotive industry by maintaining its locomotive position in export in 2015 too, maintaining and strengthening its position of being a manufacture base for the global brands with the incentives of research and development. Turkish automotive industry, in the case of the total automotive production has ranked 16th in the world by the end of the first nine months of 2015. On the other hand, when the automotive cut is taken into account in total research and development expenses among countries, Turkey with its 18.9 percent cut ranks 3rd after Germany with 31.7 percent cut and Japan with 19.8 percent cut. The results of these are seen in the research and development employment  which increased by 90 percent between 2010 and 2014 and patent applications numbers which increased by 207 percent. AIA chairman pointing out the fact that Turkey's being a center of attraction in the case of research and development is an opportunity and a necessity for the automotive industry and says that this will naturally contribute to our country's technological improvement.