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Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine




İstmag Magazin Gazetecilik

İç ve Dış Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Managing Editor (Responsible)

Mehmet Söztutan


Mehmet Soztutan, Editor-in-Chief



Ali Erdem


Advertising Managers

Adem Saçın


Enes Karadayı


International Marketing Coordinator

Ayca Sarioglu


Driving force of the economy

Automotive industry holds the lion’s share in all industrialized countries. As the

moving industry of countries carrying all other industries, the automotive industry

generates a big aftermarket industry as well. Turkey has both. As the second largest

in commercial vehicles in Europe, Turkey’s main industry has been advancing

every day and its supply industry runs in parallel with the main industry.

As part of its commitment to transforming its automotive industry, which has

historically been a key economic driver in integrating the Turkish economy with the

global value chain, and to its vision of making Turkey an economic powerhouse,

Turkey has recently introduced its own locally-developed born-electric car built

upon strength stemming from the country's long-standing know-how in the area.

Keeping pace with the pandemic conditions on the one hand, the Turkish

automotive aftermarket industry has been improving and developing with

trainings, innovations and professional marketing techniques on the other. It is

expected that the new normalization and progress will be full steam in January.

No matter how other industries pause during such critical and miserable times, the

automotive industry has no brake for it is needed at every condition as medicine,

feeding and clothing. Even all these require the wheeled industry to reach the

needy. I wish healthy, happy and successful days for all.


İsmail Çakır


Finance Manager

Cuma Karaman



Yusuf Demirkazık


Digital Assets Manager

Emre Yener


Web Designer

Amine Nur Yılmaz


Technical Manager

Tayfun Aydın


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OTSA, the only

OEM viscous fan


in Turkey and

Middle East

One of the world’s leading

manufacturers of cooling systems,

OTSA Automotive was established

in 1980 in Istanbul.

OTSA provides special viscous fan clutches

and complete system solutions as of OEM

and Aftermarket groups for wide variety

of vehicles ranging from passenger cars to

heavy vehicles.

Starting from the raw material entrance to

the final product exit, OTSA carries out all

the processes including Injection Molding,

Mechanical Processing, Electronics,

Assembly, Testing, Quality Control and

Packaging with fully automated machines

with up-to-date technology.

OTSA works with the R & D departments

of the leading OEM and OES companies

world-wide and offers solutions according

to the desired qualifications.

World-class engine cooling solutions

manufactured by OTSA are available on

Heavy Vehicles, Passenger Cars, Light

Commercial Vehicles, Buses, and Minibuses

as well as on Generators and Industrial

Compressors for Construction, Agriculture

and Mining purposes.

OTSA is in almost any area where you can

find engines with ideal cooling systems.

Aware of the fact that the world’s natural

resources are limited and that we should

therefore protect nature for future

generations, the company’s core objective

is to adopt and implement legal and

environmental principles in each of its

production progresses.

Accordingly, the company is committed

to assure that the company’s operations,

products and services are subject to the

environmental regulations of cooling

systems based products, guarantee

sustainable development in every

phase of production, comply with legal

obligations and other environmental

requirements, consistently monitor and

update environmental goals and objectives,

communicate its policy to all employees,

suppliers and clients, and make its policy

publicly available

Atilla Şamdan, general manager of OTSA,

briefs their principles as follows:

Quality of service and production is highly

important for our company, which is

focused primarily on customer satisfaction.

All phases of production are meticulously

checked by our experienced quality team in

accordance with our quality policy.

Production process is carried out in

compliance with the project and quality

management systems. If detected,

nonconformities are eliminated by taking

corrective and preventative actions.

All quality processes are being recorded

and monitored. Gathered data is analyzed

accordingly. If a nonconformity is detected,

it is corrected in the related process.

Customer feedbacks are seriously taken

in to consideration before eliminating

customer complaints.

September 8

Karsan invests

in spare parts in


Muzaffer Arpacıoğlu, Deputy General Manager of Karsan Commercial Affairs

Karsan implemented an important

project in order to expand its spare

parts and after-sales service network

in Europe. As part of the project, Karsan

will open a spare parts warehouse in

Nürnberg, Germany, and will be able

to send spare parts to any point in

Europe within 2 days. Stating that the

warehouse will start operating as of

September 1, Deputy General Manager

of Karsan Commercial Affairs, Muzaffer

Arpacıoğlu said, “We have commissioned

another important investment in order to

strengthen our after-sales service network

in Europe and to enable our dealers to

respond the requests in a very short time.

Based on our experience of more than 50

years, we know that after-sales customer

support has a significant role in being

preferred as well as brand reliability. This

structure will position us much closer to

our customers than ever.”

wOffering modern solutions that can adapt

to every city with the public transportation

systems it has developed, Karsan continues

to be the first choice of European cities

with its conventional and electric buses,

while expanding its spare parts and service

network. Karsan, which has made another

important investment in this direction, is

preparing to open a spare parts warehouse

in Nürnberg, Germany. Karsan will reduce

the lead time of spare parts, especially

parts of its electric vehicles, to 2 days

thanks to the warehouse that will start

operating on September 1. Thus, Karsan,

which will send the required parts to all

parts of Europe in a short time, aims to

increase customer satisfaction by providing

service with low cost in minimum time.

“We minimize distances”

Providing information on the subject,

Deputy General Manager of Karsan

Commercial Affairs, Muzaffer Arpacıoğlu

said, “We continue to receive orders in

significant quantities for both conventional

and full electric models from Europe,

which has started to recover after the

Covid-19 outbreak. Accordingly, we

have commissioned another important

investment in order to strengthen our

after-sales service network in Europe

and to enable our dealers to respond the

requests in a very short time. Based on our

experience of more than 50 years, we know

that after-sales customer support has a

significant role in being preferred as well as

brand reliability. Thanks to this structure will

position us much closer to our customers

than ever.” Combining the forces with

Barsan Global Logistics for on-site spare

parts service, Karsan plans to multiply its

operational power by taking advantage of

Barsan’s warehouses and logistics network

in 45 different countries in the future.

September 10

BETA Kimya

adds value to

the chemistry

industry with its

new production



BETA Kimya GEBKİM Campus, which is prepared to become the

production base of high-tech new generation adhesives to be produced

locally and nationally for the first time in the Turkish chemical industry

with an investment value of 315 million TL, will provide employment

for 500 people by operating with an annual production capacity of

150 thousand tons.

BETA Chemical Co. one of Turkey’s

oldest chemical companies, laid

the foundation of the largest

adhesive and glue production facilities

in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The groundbreaking ceremony of BETA

Kimya GEBKİM Campus was realized with

the participation of T.C. Industry and

Technology Minister Mustafa Varank,

T.C. Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, TIM

President İsmail Gülle, BETA Kimya A.Ş.

Chairman of the Board Adil Pelister and

BETA Kimya A.Ş. General Manager Cihat

Sayacı. BETA Kimya GEBKİM Campus, which

is the new integrated production facility

of BETA Kimya A.Ş., and fully compatible

with digital transformation in the industry,

and green building technology with LEED

certification, will offer one hundred percent

local and national innovative products

for use in many strategic sectors such as

automotive, defense and aviation.

Varank: “A new breath to the chemical


Minister of Industry and Technology

Mustafa Varank, in the speech at the

groundbreaking ceremony of the Beta

Kimya GEBKİM Campus in Gebze Chemistry

Specialized Organized Industrial Zone

(GEBKİM), said that they witnessed an

exciting day for the real sector which

continues its path without stopping even

during the epidemic of the new type of

corona virus (Covid-19).

Stating that they are together to lay the

foundations of the largest adhesive and

glue production facility in the Middle East

and Eastern Europe, Varank said “Beta

Kimya GEBKİM Campus, which will come to

life with an investment of 315 million liras,

will make new employment opportunities

for 500 citizens. From the first day of our

visit to the Ministry with the appreciation

of our President, we have demonstrated

the vision of national technology and

strong industry. We are concerned with

developing new policies that will take this

vision further with every step we take.

We try to dominate the real sector in an

approach that encourages localization and

directs our companies to innovation. With

BETA Kimya Inc.’s new integrated facility

Adil Pelister, BETA Kimya A.Ş.Chairman of the Board

investment, the polyurethane reactive

hot-melt adhesive products and different

variants, so far imported, will begin to

be produced in Turkey for the first time.

Thus, an important input of the packaging,

automotive, furniture, construction,

defense and aviation industries will be

procured domestically. In the medium

term, an import of 120 million dollars will

be prevented. After domestic needs are

met, of course, the export potential will

also be evaluated. When this factory goes

into mass production, it will be one of the

most modern production facilities in our

country. I wish the BETA Kimya GEBKİM

Campus investment, which will bring a

new breath to our country’s industry and

the chemical industry, and I congratulate

everyone who contributed especially the

BETA Chemistry Board and İKMİB President

Adil Pelister.”

Pekcan: “Chemistry is the locomotive

sector for Turkey”

T. C. Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, in her

speech at the Beta Kimya GEBKİM Campus

Groundbreaking Ceremony, by attending

with video conferencing, said that she

is pleased to be at the groundbreaking

ceremony of an investment of strategic

importance for the country. Minister

Pekcan said “BETA Kimya Inc.’s investment

in the new integrated production facility

is really very important for Turkey.

Because it coincides with our country’s

high technology and high value added

production and export strategy. Under the

leadership of our President, we will take

all necessary steps to bring our country to

the level of high-income countries together

with its political stability and effective

management system, more technology,

more value-added production and exports.

BETA Chemistry GEBKİM Campus will

make added value of Turkey’s production

September 14

deficit and imported products and also will

provide making exports to new markets.

In our country, it will provide domestic

input to many sectors such as automotive,

construction and defense industry, and

make employment for 500 people. I

congratulate the BETA Kimya Family for

their valuable investments and wish them

good luck for our country.”

Pelister: “It is a product of our vision to

make high added value”

Stating that they will bring a new value

to the chemical industry and Turkish

industry with BETA Kimya Gebkim Campus,

Adil Pelister, the chairman of the Board

BETA Kimya Inc., said “As BETA Kimya,

we have focused on growing, producing

and always creating high added value for

34 years. With our Apel and Mitreapel

brands, we have managed to become

a large industry family that exports

to 75 countries on 5 continents, with

approximately 150 products in 9 different

categories, from furniture to automotive,

textile to construction and even to health

with its COVID-19 pandemic. Today, BETA

Kimya Gebkim Campus, which we have

laid the foundation, is a product of our

excitement to make high added value.

Our new integrated facility, which will be

commissioned with an investment value

of 315 million TL with 100 % domestic and

equity capital, will be the largest adhesive

and glue production facility in the Middle

East and Eastern Europe.”

Pelister: “We will take a step in 5 new

products categories”

Expressing that they will focus on domestic

and innovative products for Turkey’s

strategic sectors with BETA Kimya GEBKİM

Campus, Adil Pelister said “With our new

integrated facility that will have an annual

production capacity of 150 thousand tons,

we will employ 500 people and we will

step into 5 new product categories with

high added value. Our LEED-certified,

eco-friendly green building production

campus will be one of the most modern

chemical facilities not only in our country

but also in the nearby geography, as a

giant integrated production facility built

on a total of 50 thousand m 2 , with a

closed area of 35 thousand m 2 . We take

pride in signing one of the best examples

of digital transformation in industry that

our state and ministries expect from us,

a step that will add value to our country

and the chemical industry. With our

new production facility, which will be

operational in the next year, we will be

ready for the future digital production

technologies. I wish it good for our

chemical industry, country industry and our


Sayacı: “We will produce new generation

pur hotmelt adhesives for the first time”

Stating that they are among Turkey’s 250

companies that invest most in R & D and

always focus on innovative products,

Cihat Sayacı, General Manager of BETA

Kimya Inc. said “With our BETA Kimya

GEBKİM Campus, we are signing a modern

integrated production facility project that

is of great importance for the Turkish

chemical industry and fully complies with

the principles of digital transformation. As

BETA Kimya, we have gained power from

R&D and innovation for 34 years and we

are committed to developing high-tech

products. We are also signing an important

investment move for R&D in our new

integrated facility. We are preparing to grow

our innovation base, which has an R&D

Center Certificate and consists of all Turkish

engineers, exactly 7 times here. With a R&D

team of 50 people, we will step into new MS

technology adhesives terminated with silane

and PUR Hot-melt products that we will

produce for the first time completely locally.

We will carry BETA Kimya to the future with

new generation innovative products that we

will develop specifically for the automotive,

packaging, building and furniture sectors

as well as nationally strategically important

sectors such as defense and aviation.”



Turkey: Motor

vehicle registrations

double in July

Nearly 138,900 vehicles registered in July,

according to official data

ANKARA – The number of motor vehicle registrations in Turkey

doubled in July (up 105.5%), compared to the same month

last year, according to official data released recently.

A total of 138,883 first- and second-hand vehicles were registered

last month, rising from 67,621 in July 2019, according to the Turkish

Statistical Institute. On a monthly basis, the figure was also up 82.6%.

The total number of road motor vehicles registered surpassed 23.65

million through the end of this July, TurkStat said.

Last month, automobiles accounted for the lion’s share of new

registrations -- 59.8% -- while small trucks accounted for 11.7%.

Motorcycles represented 22.5%.

In terms of distribution of model brands for new registered cars,

18.9% were Renault, 15.8% Fiat, and 6.9% Volkswagen.

In January-July, the number of registered vehicles climbed 38.4%

year-on-year to 526,939.

September 18



aftermarket size

to reach $135 bn

by 2026

E-commerce Automotive

Aftermarket size is likely to exceed

USD 135 billion by 2026; according

to a new research report by Global

Market Insights, Inc.

OEMs are focusing on business

expansion by establishing the

aftermarket network in emerging

nations. The e-commerce channel

enhances the product visibility and

offers transparent pricing. Continuous

technological development and growing

customer expectations for economical

price and quality products will fuel industry

growth. The consumers are increasing

their inclination towards digital servicebased

business models. The market

players are upgrading their model based

on product buying behavior. E-tailers

are further improving their consumer

base by conducting studies pertaining to

consumer buying behavior and improving

the product offering. The e-commerce

automotive aftermarket from direct to

customer segment will witness around

16% CAGR through 2026. Development

of mobile-friendly user interface is

increasing e-commerce sales channels

across consumers. Customers can look for

multiple brands and enable simplified &

customized usage. Moreover, some portals

provide customer access in offline mode as

well, thereby propelling the market growth.

Increasing manufacturers on online

portals to support accessories segment


The accessories segment is expected

to account for over 23% e-commerce

automotive aftermarket share with

growing registration of manufacturers on

online portals. The increasing popularity

of vehicle customization, rising inclination

toward enhanced driving experience,

growing focus toward better aesthetic

appeal, and convenience will trigger

the accessories growth. Furthermore,

manufacturers are introducing e-commerce

sites that offer a connection between

service technicians and suppliers to

improve industry foothold.

B to small B consumers primarily

include equipment suppliers that buy

basic and majorly used automotive

replacement components. Manufacturers

of sub-assembly systems and electronic

components are among major consumers

in the B to small B distribution. Superior

profit margins and quick delivery along

with ability to easily compare and buy

parts are the key factors driving the B to

small B distribution segment. Furthermore,

reduced complexity in purchases including

RFQs and quotations will provide a positive

outlook for industry growth.

Asia Pacific e-commerce automotive

aftermarket size is projected to expand at

more than 15% CAGR up to 2026 owing

to presence of multiple industry players.

The region has multiple e-tailers including,

platforms such as Alibaba and India mart.

Increasing awareness regarding online

distribution channel amongst small &

medium manufacturers in emerging

economies is accelerating the revenue


Major automotive OEMs introducing

e-commerce platform for consumers

In March 2019, Mahindra & Mahindra

announced its genuine spare parts to be

available on M2ALL.com. The company

partnered with online stores in order to

provide its customers with convenience.

Similarly, United Pacific Industries, based

in the U.S., launched a classic car parts

e-commerce website to expand its reach.

The company boasts a portfolio of over

6,000 parts of vehicles as old as 1932.

Industry participants are enhancing

delivery services to offer products

more quickly to a wider audience. Key

e-commerce automotive aftermarket

players include Alibaba Group, Amazon,

Arch Auto parts, Autoanything, Advance

Auto Parts, AutoZone, Bosch, CARiD, Denso

Corporation, Ebay, Flipkart, and O’Rielly

Auto Parts.

September 22

Emerging from

the crisis,


should focus on

three key issues:

Work remotely,

work quickly

and work safely

Over 200 industry leaders from

transportation & mobility joined

us online for a live interactive

event – Driving Resilience in Automotive &

Transportation. Dassault Systèmes experts

and customers joined online, sharing

insights, tools and approaches to get back

on track in 2020 and continuing beyond in a

more resilient position. The transportation

and mobility industry transformed to the

new era of mobility-on-demand with new

solutions that are more environmentallyfriendly,

more citizen-friendly and more

affordable. However, the COVID-19 crisis

posed dramatic challenges in an instant

– global lock down, dramatic drop in car

sales, drop in production, all igniting a deep

change in people’s relationship with cars.

Car makers and suppliers demonstrated

their agility by adapting to new consumer

purchasing behaviors, scaling remote

working across all parts of the business and

investing in processes to ensure they have

the right data in real time to make the right

decisions. Companies also demonstrated

their responsibility – adapting production

quickly to produce masks, respirators,

medical equipment needed to overcome

shortages to combat the crisis.

Emerging from the crisis, companies

should focus on three key issues: WORK



WORK REMOTELY: Enable remote-office

collaborative engineering efficiently for


Lightyear is a new player in the OEM

landscape, designing next-generation clean

mobility for everyone, everywhere using

solar energy. Their mission: make a positive

impact and take responsibility for energy

transition. By 2035, they plan to deliver

Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range

solar car. Arjo Van Der Ham, Co-Founder

and Chief Technology Officer, described

how Lightyear teams easily transitioned

to working from home thanks to the

3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud.

During the lockdown, they actually

improved meeting efficiency, collaboration,

productivity, lead-time and agility, although

challenges remain for physical prototyping

and testing. Staying connected through

a virtual 3DEXPERIENCE twin, shared

intelligence with data from everywhere and

powerful project planning, work stayed on


Lightyear is continuing remote working

and exploring new ways of attracting

talents and hiring people from all over

the world. Going forward, they see the

entire ecosystem of stakeholders, future

customers and suppliers could benefit this

new kind of relationship, powered by the

platform and cloud.

WORK QUICKLY: Accelerate simulation and

testing with no physical equipment

Frédéric Merceron, Solution Director for

the Transportation & Mobility industry

at Dassault Systèmes, looked at how

simulation helps promote and accelerate

agility. Making a difference in the market

today is about improving comfort and

well-being for drivers and passengers.

COVID-19 revealed just how important

that is. We can optimize comfort, health

and well-being inside vehicles in a number

of ways. For example, we can simulate

visibility, taking into account windshield

fogging and look at how to improve air

quality and overall airflow circulation.

Cabin comfort is important, and becoming

very complex. Cabin infotainment

systems and electronic controls are part

of the experience. With so many vehicle

domains and performance interconnected,

simulations are demanding. Cabin comfort

also demands energy, so it is important

to optimize best comfort with minimum

energy consumption.

Dassault Systèmes’ wants to make

simulation available for everyone with a

range of simulation. We want to create

an environment where engineers and

designers can interact for the best results,

as well as offer more access to high-end

applications and specialists when needed.

Finally, deployment needs transparency

and simplicity, with easy-to-implement

September 24

digital solutions that are affordable.The 3DEXPERIENCE

platform delivers ready-to-use simulation solutions that have

been developed with customers over the last 30 years. Userfriendly

interfaces and solutions, on-demand simulation

and computing capacities on the cloud, with remote quality

support from experts when needed, enable customers to

purchase only what they need and when they need it.

WORK SAFELY: Ramp up healthy production

Manufacturing has many constraints and risks that

are critical to anticipate in order to be more agile and

resilient. Henri Beringer, Business Consultant Director in

Transportation & Mobility industry at Dassault Systèmes,

took a closer look at making agility the norm, while

improving safety without compromising efficiency.

It starts with creating an accurate view of factories and

manufacturing assets. Generating an executable digital

model – a 3DEXPERIENCE twin – enables accurately

simulating the plant in operation to investigate alternative

future operations while not disrupting current production.

The 3DEXPERIENCE twin is key to efficiency gains –

understanding and improving facilities faster, avoiding costly

disruptions, and seeing potential impacts of a change.

Benefits can include reducing new product commissioning

time by 50%, time-to-market by 30%, production and

logistics costs by around 20%, while improving worker safety

by 25% with fewer work accidents and lower illness rates.

The virtual 3DEXPERIENCE twin can also accelerate more

drastic changes, such as developing a manufacturing process

for completely new products. During the COVID-19 crisis,

automotive industrials transformed their production lines

to manufacture face shields and respirators, reusing their

existing industrial assets.

The recent COVID-19 crisis will likely not be the last we will

face, but the resilience of the industry has been proven.

We are now better equipped, with software as a service,

on the cloud, remote working and support, simulation

to predict and correct product behavior, efficient and

safe manufacturing production, and all through the

3DEXPERIENCE platform. While the recent crisis accelerated

this transformation, it seems we have arrived at the right

time now.






Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group,

known as TOGG, will produce five different

models on a joint platform with fully-owned

intellectual and industrial property rights by

2030. The first of these Turkish vehicles are

expected to hit the market in 2022.

become an important part of the global

value chain of international OEMs. Meeting

and exceeding international quality

and safety standards, today’s Turkish

automotive industry is highly efficient

and competitive thanks to value-added

production. As part of its commitment to

transforming its automotive industry, which

has historically been a key economic driver

in integrating the Turkish economy with

the global value chain, and to its vision of

making Turkey an economic powerhouse,

Turkey has recently introduced its own

locally-developed born-electric car built

upon strength stemming from the country’s

long-standing know-how in the area.

Accordingly, Turkey’s Automobile Joint

Venture Group, known as TOGG, will

produce five different models on a joint

platform with fully-owned intellectual and

industrial property rights by 2030. The first

of these Turkish vehicles are expected to

hit the market in 2022.

•Leveraging a competitive and highlyskilled

workforce combined with a dynamic

local market and favorable geographical

location, the vehicle production of 9 global

OEMs in Turkey has increased by almost

five times from 300,000s in 2002 to over

1.5 million units in 2018. This represents

a compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

of around 10 percent during that period.

Over the past five years alone, MAN has

increased its production by 143 percent,

Toyota by 95 percent, Ford by 52 percent,

and Fiat by 35 percent.

The foundation of Turkey’s automotive

industry dates back to the early

1960s. During a period of rapid

industrialization and progress, this key

sector transformed itself from assemblybased

partnerships to a full-fledged

industry with design capability and

massive production capacity. Since 2000,

original equipment manufacturers (OEM)

have invested over USD 15 billion in their

operations in Turkey. These investments

significantly expanded their manufacturing

capabilities, which in turn led Turkey to

September 28

•Significant growth posted by Turkey’s

automotive sector led to Turkey becoming

the 15th largest automotive manufacturer

in the world and 5th largest in Europe by

the end of 2018.

•Turkey has already become a center of

excellence, particularly with respect to the

production of commercial vehicles. By the

end of 2018, Turkey was the number two

producer of commercial vehicles (CVs) in


•Proven as a production hub of excellence,

the Turkish automotive industry is now

aiming at improving its R&D, design, and

branding capabilities. As of 2019, 184

R&D and design centers belonging to

automotive manufacturers and suppliers

were operational in Turkey.

•Notable examples of global brands

with product development, design, and

engineering activities in Turkey include

Ford, Fiat, Daimler, and AVL. Ford Otosan’s

R&D center is one of Ford’s three largest

global R&D centers, while Fiat’s R&D

center in Bursa is the Italian company’s

only center serving the European market

outside its home country. Meanwhile,

Daimler’s R&D center in Istanbul

complements the German company’s

truck and bus manufacturing operations

in Turkey. AVL Turkey, which opened up

its 2nd R&D center in Turkey, started to

develop autonomous and hybrid vehicle


•Turkey offers a supportive environment

on the supply chain side. There are around

1,100 component suppliers supporting the

production of OEMs. With the parts going

directly to the production lines of vehicle

manufacturers, the localization rate of

OEMs varies between 50 and 70 percent.

•Turkey is home to many global suppliers.

There are more than 250 global suppliers

that use Turkey as a production base, with

30 of them ranking among the 50 largest

global suppliers.

•ww Auto manufacturers increasingly

choose Turkey as a production base

for their export sales. This is evidenced

by the fact that 85 percent of vehicle

production in Turkey was destined for

foreign markets in 2018. More than 1.3

million vehicles were exported from

Turkey to foreign markets in the same

year. In addition, Turkey was the number

one vehicle exporter to European

markets with 1.1 million units in 2018.




of the Turkish


industry in the

first half

decreased by 16 percent in the heavy

commercial vehicle group and 33 percent

in the light commercial vehicle group.

Compared to the January-July period of

2019, the commercial vehicle market

increased 65 percent, the light commercial

vehicle market increased 66 percent and

the heavy commercial vehicle market

increased 58 percent.

In the January-July period of 2020,

compared to the same period of the

previous year, total automotive exports

decreased by 36 percent on unit basis

and automobile exports by 32 percent.

During this period, total exports were 480

thousand 425 units, while automobile

exports were 333 thousand 725 units.

In the January-July period of 2020,

compared to the same period of the

previous year, total automotive exports

decreased by 29 percent in Dollar terms

and 28 percent in Euro terms compared

to the same period of the previous year.

During this period, total automotive

exports were $ 13 billion, while automobile

exports decreased by 27 percent to $ 5

billion. Automobile exports in Euro terms

decreased by 26 percent to 4.5 Billion €.

In the January-July period of 2020, total

production decreased by 27 percent

and automobile production by 24

percent compared to the same period

of the previous year. During this period,

total production was 636 thousand 757

units, and automobile production was 440

thousand 103 units.

In the January-July period of 2020, the total

market increased by 60 percent compared

to the same period of the previous year

and reached 351 thousand 319 units.

In this period, the automobile market

increased by 59 percent and was 273

thousand 22 units.

In the commercial vehicle group,

production shrank by 32 percent in the

January-July period of 2020, while it

September 32

Romania chooses

Karsan Jest

Electric again

Jest Electric wind still blows in

Romania! The company won the

tender for 8 electric minibuses in


Offering transportation solutions for

the mobility needs of the century

in its factory located in Bursa, the

commercial vehicle manufacturer Karsan

was awarded the tender held in Beclean,

Romania for electric minibuses. Having

secured the tender for 10 electric minibuses

recently held in Suceava, Romania, Karsan

signed the contract for the delivery for 8

units of Jest Electric vehicles which will

provide service in Beclean. Karsan will

deliver the Jest Electric vehicles by the end

of the year as a result of the tender it was

awarded while continuing to increase its

power in the Romanian market where it has

been operating since 2013. Offering modern

solutions in public transportation systems

that can be adapted to any geography,

Karsan completely maintains its place as

a go-to brand in Romania. Karsan recently

signed a contract for the delivery of 10 Jest

Electric vehicles to Suceava, and it also won

the tender for electric minibuses held in

Beclean, which is another city of Romania.

Within the tender which was secured via

its regional representative, AAR (Anadolu

Automobil Rom), Karsan will deliver 8 Jest

Electric vehicles by the end of the year to

provide service for the city. Deputy General

Manager of Karsan Commercial Affairs

Muzaffer Arpacıoğlu made statements

about the subject and stated the

following:“Within the scope of our efforts

to increase our share in the Romanian

market, we consistently continue to receive

orders from different cities of the country

and secure public transport tenders. Within

a short amount of time after we won the

tender for 10 vehicles in Suceava, we also

won the tender in Beclean and increased

our share in the Romanian electric vehicle

market. Karsan’s cutting-edge technology,

environment-friendly vehicle Jest Electric

and the satisfaction from the service

provided under Karsan guarantee play a

significant role in this success”.

High performing and environment-friendly

Jest Electric!

A proven performer which comes with

high maneuverability and superior

passenger comfort, Jest Electric is

equipped with a BMW electric motor

capable of 170 HP power and 290 Nm

torque with optional 44 or 88 kWh

batteries, again manufactured by BMW.

Offering the best performance in the

6-meter bus class with a range of up to

210 km, small city bus Jest Electric also

boasts a regenerative braking system

which provides energy recovery by

enabling the batteries to self-recharge at

a rate of 25%. Decorated with a 10.1-inch

multimedia touchscreen, fully digital

dashboard, keyless go, and USB ports

as well as an optional WiFi compatible

infrastructure, Jest Electric does not come

short in terms of comfort compared to

passenger cars thanks to its 4-wheel

independent suspension system.

September 36

Adhesives &

Bonding Expo


the Impact

of Covid-19

on the Foam

and Adhesives

& Bonding


Foam Expo is the right place to

source the latest technologies and

manufacturing innovations to stay

ahead of your competitors. It is the best

venue to discover new solutions to solve

your manufacturing challenges and

optimize your products. It is also the best

place to meet over 500 specialist suppliers

form all sectors of the foam and adhesive

supply chains. The show is an ideal place

to learn the latest trends challenges and

opportunities experts at free-to-attend

conferences. During the period between

April 16, 2020 and May 6, 2020, Foam Expo

and the Adhesives & Bonding Expo reached

out to its community of end-users and

OEMs, foam and adhesives manufacturers,

converters and fabricators, raw material

and chemical suppliers, to understand how

the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact

on their businesses, and what the effects

and consequences may be for the supply

chain in the longer term.

Through an anonymous online survey, 224

industry professionals shared their insight

and sentiment during that challenging

time. The organizers of the show arranged

a comprehensive report with the results of

the survey which benchmarks the status of

the foam and adhesives & bonding supply

chains. They invited a panel of four industry

experts to review the results in a live

webinar and discuss the current status of

the market and how they view the future

of the industries. Some of the points they

made were included in the report.

The survey is representative of the whole

supply chain as there is a relatively even

spread in responses from different tiers,

though it is worth pointing out that the

majority of the respondents seem to be

in some kind of leadership role either as

manager or senior executive, which makes

up 85% of the total.

In addition, a majority of 59% work for

small to medium sized companies (up

to a size of 500 employees) and are

predominantly based in North America

(84%) as only 9% indicated to be based in

Europe and 4% said they were based in

Asia Pacific. The remaining 3% is based in

Latin America and Africa.

The majority of respondents indicated

their company’s growth was performing

September 40

well before the outbreak: 74% of the

organizations either performed in-line with

projections or were sustainably performing

beyond projections. Segmentation of the

results into the specific tiers in the supply

chain shows a similar pattern across all


Automotive, construction and packaging

were the top performing markets before

the pandemic.

The report of Adhesives & Bonding Expo

details the impact of the pandemic by

months and offers valuable information

about the industry as below:

Given the spread of the virus from the end

of December 2019 throughout China and

the rest of East Asia, some business already

started noticing economic impact before

the virus outbreak was declared

a pandemic by the WHO on March 11,

2020. Although only 9% of the total

respondents indicated to have started

noticing an impact as early as January,

nearly a quarter (23%) of end-users / OEMs

/ component manufacturers said they

started noticing the impact during this


A fifth of the total respondents started

noticing the economic impact in February:

it consisted of 29% of the testing and

engineering services, 22% of the suppliers

of chemicals / raw materials / additives and

21% of the foam and adhesives & bonding


65% of all organizations indicate March

as the month they started to feel the

economic impact. On March 11, 2020,

President Trump suspended nearly all

foreign travel as a response to the WHO’s

categorization of

the disease as a pandemic and most states

had entered lockdown by the end of the

month. A majority of converters and

fabricators (72%), foam and adhesives and

bonding manufacturers (66%), chemicals

/ raw materials / additives suppliers

(64%) and end-user / OEMs / component

manufacturers (57%) all started to take a

hit during this time.

Only 7% of organizations are saying they

were not yet experiencing any economic

impact at the time of the survey, within

this group a third are foam and adhesives

manufacturers and a fifth converter /


Looking ahead – how will Covid-19 impact

the future of the Foam and Adhesives &

Bonding Supply Chain

In order to get some insight into how the

pandemic has affected business priorities

and investment strategies for companies

within the foam adhesives supply chains

we asked the respondents to indicate

how their businesses prioritized certain

activities before the pandemic, which

activities continued during the pandemic,

and how much strategic investment they

expect for these activities over the next 24


Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic in

March, the foam and adhesives & bonding

supply chain prioritized the following

business activities: corporate sustainability,

new product development and launching

products, sales and account management,

R&D, and marketing and business


During the pandemic, most business

activities were down to minimal

operationality, although sales and account

management as well as marketing and

business development continued on

reduced activity levels.

Looking ahead, industry professionals



expect that sales and account management

and marketing and business development

will become more important in future

investment strategies.

It seems the supply chain will mainly

be consolidating their manufacturing

activities as respondents expect that

there will be slightly less investment in

hiring and developing talent, expanding

manufacturing capacities and mergers &


Future outlook on business plans

While much will remain uncertain for

the ongoing future, it is important to

look ahead to how the industry can and

will recover from this period of severe

disruption. Our respondents do expect

increased investment in sales and account

management, and marketing and business

development, undoubtably to try and

recover the losses brought on by the crisis.

When asked about the top challenges in

ensuring business continuity, respondents

indicated that a reduction in orders and

sales is the biggest challenge for their

business at present. Otherwise, it seems

the supply chain is relatively robust in

their ability to deliver raw materials

and fulfilling & delivering orders. This is

reinforced by the results of the sentiment

poll. The majority of the respondents feel

there is enough inventory and availability

of materials and components to continue

production in the event of a prolonged

disruption in the supply chain.

They are less optimistic regarding the

impact on a business’ revenue. As

economies globally are taking a hit and

supply chains and demand have slowed

down, it is difficult to say how the impact

on revenue will develop in the coming

months, though the rise in demand within

the medical and pharma sectors, and the

fact that many companies throughout the

supply chain are able to continue their

manufacturing activities, offers many new


Finally, we investigated sentiment towards

their employer’s handling of the crisis and

the impact on their own work life.

On average, respondents indicated to

be optimistic regarding their employer’s

preparedness to the outbreak of the

pandemic, as well as its communications

to employees and customers. They do not

feel that working remotely has impacted

their personal situation much, such as

keeping up productivity while working from

home and maintaining a work-life balance.

Of course, it must be noted that the

majority of respondents are in a leadership

role themselves. However, 23% of the

respondents do feel that there was room

for improvement. When asked to elaborate

if their organization could have done to

better prepare for the outbreak some of

their feedback included:

better support for working from home,

better and faster communication,

contingency plans, better availability of

virtual tools, identifying which customers

were vulnerable for shutdown, embracing

technology sooner, stock PPE and to not

keep inventory levels so tight.

Having said that, an overwhelming majority

of 77% of the respondents think that their

organization couldn’t have done anything

else to better prepare for a black swan

event like this pandemic.



Mahindra and REE Automotive sign

an MOU to establish a strategic

collaboration for the development of

electric commercial vehicles

• Partnership to leverage REE’s corner

module and modular platform technology

and Mahindra’s vehicle design, engineering,

sourcing capability and manufacturing


• MOU is primarily aimed at global markets

with current global volume estimated over

time at 200,000- 250,000 units.

Mumbai/Tel Aviv – Mahindra &

Mahindra, part of USD 19.4

billion Mahindra Group, and REE

Automotive today signed a memorandum

of understanding (MOU) to explore

development and manufacturing of electric

commercial vehicles for global markets.

Such a strategic collaboration will leverage

REE’s revolutionary electric vehicle corner

module and platform technology of

integrating powertrain, suspension and

steering components in the arch of a vehicle

wheel. This coupled with Mahindra’s wellestablished

vehicle design, engineering,

sourcing capability and manufacturing

assets, is set to be a win-win strategic

partnership for both companies.

The partnership will support REE’s global

customer need for 200,000-250,000 electric

commercial vehicle units over a few years,

including potential Mahindra’s domestic and

international volumes. Production would be

scaled further to support additional volume

in the global as well as Indian market.

“Our collaboration with REE has the

potential to bring a disruptive approach

to a new age of vehicles capitalizing on

our respective strengths,” said Rajesh

Jejurikar, Executive Director (Auto and

Farm Sectors), Mahindra & Mahindra. “The

competitive advantages of REE’s corner

modular architecture with our experience

in conventional vehicle system design,

engineering, sourcing ecosystem and

significant production capacity, provides

a perfect match to deliver exciting zero

emission vehicles, including autonomous

vehicles that can meet customer needs as

never before.”

REE’s architecture will enhance Mahindra’s

capabilities in the electric vehicle sector.

REE will leverage Mahindra’s global

presence and its unique volume flexibility

capability as well as its engineering and

product development expertise.

“We are excited to partner with Mahindra

to explore synergies that will allow us to

address our customers’ needs based on

Mahindra’s footprint and capabilities.

Mahindra’s unique cost structure, design

and engineering capabilities and volume

flexibility will be key to our ability to

address the majority of the commercial EV

market with both large volume vehicles

as well as more targeted mission-specific

vehicles,” said Daniel Barel, REE Co-founder

and Chief Executive Officer. “Having a

partner like Mahindra joining our growing

OEM partners network will allow us to

drive our EV technology faster and at


REE’s transformational technology is

designed for current and future e-mobility

applications, including autonomous

vehicles, and offers significant benefits

in terms of weight, space and total body

design flexibility.

The scalability of the platform makes it

ideal for any form of electric vehicle such

as commercial vehicles, mid-duty delivery

trucks, last mile delivery, passenger cars,

taxis and shuttles.

September 46

July auto sales

in Turkey


Animesh Kumar, Director

of Automotive Consulting at GlobalData

Following the news that automotive

sales in Turkey grew by 387.5% yearon-year

in July 2020, according to

Automotive Distributors Association

Animesh Kumar, Director of Automotive

Consulting at GlobalData, a leading

research and consulting company, offers

his view:

“The surge in sales is impressive but not

unbelievable in light of Turkey’s effective

response to the COVID-19 crisis. While

economic impact was inevitable, the

Turkish Government and the Central Bank

of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT)’s timely

and effective actions such as the 21-point

stimulus package, reduced interest

rates and the deferral of social security

premiums helped the country overcome


“The low interest rates and attractive

packages helped automotive customers

overcome the concerns regarding economic

uncertainty. Attractive, low-interest vehicle

loans for two-wheelers, as well as new and

used passenger vehicles has significantly

driven customer’s interest towards personal


“Another key factor that contributed to

the surge in automotive sales since June

is easing of country-wide movement

restrictions. June and July witnessed

significant pent-up demand from March,

April and May, when the country was

majorly under lockdown to contain the virus.

“It is questionable as to whether the spike

in sales is sustainable. It depends on, firstly,

whether there is a significant demand of

vehicles left in the domestic market. In

order to leverage the attractive packages,

customers may have pulled forward their

purchases and the demand for vehicles for

2020 may have been largely exhausted.

The second point is whether the local

manufacturers that were more focused

on exports can respond to the domestic

demand to maintain adequate supply.”

September 48

New product

category from

Seger, the world

brand on horn

Ranking in the top 10 horn

manufacturers worldwide

while being the leading horn

manufacturer in Turkey and

exporting its products to more

than more than 70 countries, Seger

diversifies its product range with

the new product category “Lighting

Equipment” in the automotive subindustry


Being a global brand in horn production

and now expanding its product

category with automobile interior and

exterior lighting equipment, Seger’s new

products include halogen lamps; Standard,

super vision, crystal white, Xenon white

ultra and Xenon yellow models are available.

The category was created by giving priority

to Xenon (HID) bulbs, signal lights and

interior lights that are preferred for the

interior ambience of cars, which provide

visibility comfort especially at night.

Success in horn will inspire lighting

Seger’s Vice President of Board Selim

Baykal, who stated that they set out to

continue the success of the horn in the field

of automobile lighting of Seger, which is the

voice of many world brand automobiles,

large transportation vehicles and even

ships today, said; “Seger is a global

brand with high recognition in national

and international automotive spare

parts markets with its horn design and

production. We did not limit this potential

based on the trust we have created in the

market to the horn, but wanted to serve our

suppliers in a different category. We will also

market lighting-related products with our

reliable brand that has a place in the world.

“Our initial product range includes halogen

and xenon bulbs of automobile headlights,

miniature bulbs for signaling and interior


With our dynamic structure, we will offer

products for various needs

Selim Baykal, who is the Vice President of

Board of Seger that offers different products

Seger’s Vice President of Board Selim Baykal

to the world markets with its reliable and

globally recognized brand, continued his

words as follows: “To increase our business

volume and turnover and concurrently

provide more foreign exchange income to

Turkey in doing so, is also among our highest

priorities. Our lighting products will also

meet our customers through our existing

dealer channels. Our halogen bulbs in our

product range provide standard, super

vision, crystal white, Xenon white ultra

and Xenon yellow models up to 20 meters

longer than standard bulbs, providing

excellent visibility for drivers driving at

night. At the same time, our products make

it possible to have better visibility in urban

traffic, night off-road rides and bad weather

conditions. We also have miniature bulbs for

signal lights and interior lights. While these

bulbs perfectly illuminate the interior of the

vehicle cabin, they can also be used in heavy

vehicles, thanks to their long life. “

September 52

ASEAN vehicle

sales plunge

66% in Q2 2020,

yet sales will

stabilise by

the end of the

decade, says


Sales of new vehicles in Southeast

Asia’s six largest markets combined

are estimated to have declined by

almost 66% to 291,889 units in the second

quarter of 2020, according to GlobalData, a

leading data and analytics company.

David Leggett, Automotive Analyst at

GlobalData, comments: “The ASEAN

vehicle market largely shrugged off the

threat of COVID-19 in the first two months

of the year, but the crisis severely dented

vehicle demand in the region from March

and the trend worsened in Q2.”

Countries such as Vietnam and Thailand

have been more successful than others

in bringing the virus under control, but

all countries have suffered significant

economic damage as a result of the

pandemic - and vehicle sales have been

hit hard. Export demand has also declined

sharply, while weak commodity prices

continue to affect incomes and investment

across the region.

Leggett continues: “There were some

positive signs in June sales. In Thailand, for

example, vehicle sales in June were still

sharply lower year-on-year (YOY), but they

were 43% higher than in May. Demand

should stabilize and improve through the

remainder of the year.”

Although 2020 is seeing a setback for the

automotive sector in ASEAN markets,

long-term prospects for the region remain

very strong. GlobalData’s analysis points to

strong indicators for long-term demand as

motorization rates rise with high economic

growth - especially in Indonesia, with a

population of 273 million, and its market of

around one million new vehicles a year is

forecast to double to two million vehicles a

year by the end of this decade.

Leggett adds: “In addition to strong longterm

market prospects, the automotive

manufacturing industry in the region

benefits from relatively low costs, favorable

government policies for investment, as well

as free trading regimes for vehicles and


September 56



breathes new

life into electric


The UK Government recently fasttracked

a permit to allow electric

scooter rentals on public roads. The

move forms part of a broader investigation

into greener travel and overcrowding on

public transport as the COVID-19 pandemic

rages, according to GlobalData, a leading

data and analytics company.

Before the pandemic struck, the scooter

industry was facing strong financial

headwinds. Last January, market leader

Lime said it would lay off around 14% of

its workforce (roughly 100 employees) and

shutter operations in 12 markets as it seeks

to become profitable this year. However,

there is now a resurgence of interest in

what is termed active travel (outdoor

transport modes), including electric

scooters, with the rental sector picked for

year-long trials in the UK.

Calum MacRae, Automotive Analyst

at GlobalData, comments: “For those

returning to the office the car may not

be an option due to access or parking

restrictions, and, given the current

situation, many do not feel entirely

comfortable using public transport. Hence,

it is not surprising that electric scooters

and bikes are being seen as less risky for

wary commuters.

“While the benefits of shared scootering

are clear, there are still some issues to

address, including those for governments

and insurers. Who is to blame if an accident

causes injury to a pedestrian or damages

property? Fast-tracked scooter pilots in our

cities is of concern to safety campaigners


“However, interest in sustainable travel

and in micro-mobility solutions for urban

areas – including rentable electric scooters

– has been given a shot in the arm by the

COVID-19 pandemic. The year-long trials in

British cities could give the scooter rental

sector a major long-term boost.”

Turkey’s gas

discovery to

have positive

impact on

foreign policy

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep

Tayyip Erdogan announced that

the Fatih drilling vessel discovered

the country’s largest energy source in

its history -- 320 billion cubic meters of

natural gas in the Black Sea.

The historic discovery did not just come

out of blue. Fatih, named after the

great Ottoman Emperor Mehmet II who

conquered Istanbul, has been drilling in

the Black Sea region since July 20. On its

ninth deep drilling operation, the vessel

hit jackpot.

Energy demand has been one of the main

burdens on the Turkish economy, with

Ankara paying tens of billions of dollars

annually to meet the country’s energy

need. The discovery is projected to ease

the financial burden for a number of years

as Erdogan said authorities were planning

to have the natural gas reserve ready for

Turkey in 2023.

The discovery is not likely to end Turkey’s

dependence on foreign alternatives but

Erdogan said the reserves found were

“only part of much richer resources”

given the fact that Turkey has one of

world’s top drilling and seismic operation

fleet and also holds operations in the

Eastern Mediterranean, rich in terms of

Discovery of its largest

natural gas deposits will have

ramifications on its foreign policy,

experts say

September 60

hydrocarbon reserves, along with the Black

Sea region, Turkey’s energy dependence

might decline significantly in the future.

In fact, further discoveries might even

turn the energy-hungry country into an


It goes without saying that politics

and energy issues go hand-in-hand in

the international arena and Turkey’s

discovery is likely to have foreign policy


Mehmet Seyfettin Erol, head of the Ankara

Centre for Crisis and Policy Research

(ANKASAM), said the natural gas discovery

paved the way for independent policies

and might increase Turkey’s regional


“Natural gas and oil were sometimes

weaponized against Turkey, therefore, the

discovery is likely to strengthen Turkish

position in the sense of safety of energy

supply,” Erol said, adding energy relations

between Turkey and Russia might be

effected by the discovery.

Arguing that Moscow would have a

“weaker hand” against Ankara in terms of

energy issues in light of the discovery, Erol

said the two countries, who have recently

developed close ties, would maintain

a close relationship as result of their

collaboration on energy-transfer routes.

“One thing that should not be overlooked

in this regard is that a new geopolitical

structure might appear in the Black Sea

region, which is likely to be part of the

international agenda more and become

center of geopolitical competition as

interest of third parties might increase in

this region,” he said.

Given the fact that the US settled in

Bulgaria and Greece, and pursue policies

against Russia, and there is a dispute

of Ukraine and the Bosporus is of great

importance for Moscow; the Russian

administration might rethink its position

against Turkey with whom it is not on the

same page in Libya and Syria, according to

Erol, who said the two nations were getting

closer on Libya where rival elements

recently called for a cease-fire.

He went on to say that Turkey could

emerge as a more powerful country and

make use of “energy diplomacy” in a more

effective manner if more discoveries were

made, adding this was likely as the country

pursued drilling goals through national


’Good news’

Matthew Byrza, senior fellow at

Washington-based Atlantic Council

think-tank, told Anadolu Agency that the

discovery was a “good news” for Turkey as

September 62

Romania had been drilling in the region for

years and had proven reserves amounting

to 200 billion cubic meters.

“The discovery provides Turkey optionality,

which means negotiating leverage with

Russia and other gas suppliers,” he

said. “Such leverage is a big deal when

relations are so tense with Moscow and

when one of Turkey’s natural gas supply

contract with Russia, for 8 billion cubic

meters, expires next year.”

The former US ambassador to Azerbaijan

and White House official continued:

“This discovery provides Turkey leverage

over all of its gas suppliers, whether they

be Russian, Iranian, Algerian, or even

American. And as I describe above, this

leverage over Russia, as well as Iran,

could indeed be useful in Syria, as well as

Libya and Azerbaijan/Armenia.”

When asked if the discovery would

have any positive effect on relations

with the EU, which Ankara has recently

been at odds with especially due

to the developments in the Eastern

Mediterranean, he said it was not likely

as disputes were “fundamentally political

rather than economic in nature” and the

EU has a buyer’s market for natural gas.

“As Ankara reduces its dependence on

Russian natural gas, it will help these

people in NATO’s space better appreciate

that Turkey’s foreign policy in recent

months has been an assertion of the

country’s interests and legal rights in a

pragmatic way that is in the interests of

NATO rather than Russia,” he said.

Ahmet Uysal, the head of the Middle East

Strategic Studies Center (ORSAM), said

becoming an energy hub had been on

Turkey’s international agenda for some

time and the discovery in the Black Sea

would boost Ankara’s position in the

international arena.

Uysal said the energy subject was one of

the fundamental pillars behind foreign

policies, international cooperation and

polarization; therefore, self-sufficiency

in the context of energy was a matter of

great importance for any sovereign state.

“Turkey has been seeking to diversify its

energy market for a while, and looked for

alternatives, thus making this discovery

vital. [The discovery] might reduce the

pressure on its economy,” he said, adding

Turkey was a productive country prior to

finding natural gas, which would be an

additional power drive behind its back.

According to the ORSAM head, EU-Turkey

relations might be positively impacted

after Turkey discovered new reserves

in the region, and he underlined that

the Turkish government announced the

“minimum” discovery amount and this

was likely to increase as Ankara was

determined to drill more.

However, he said EU leadership did not

want a powerful Turkey but was looking

for a state to which it could dictate and

impose, and its stance toward Turkey in

the coming period would be a “good-will

test” for Europe.

Stressing that the EU was heavily

dependent on energy sources and was

a customer of Russia, despite objection

by the US, he said the European

organization sought to diversify its

energy supply, which is why it attached

great importance to the developments in

the Eastern Mediterranean where Turkey

and Greece have been at odds with the

EU standing behind Athens.

He further stated that the discovery

could increase the importance of Turkey

in the eyes of the European leadership

as it wants to have alternative energy

suppliers. And he said that Turkey, if it

discovered more reserves, would not

encounter any difficulties in transferring

gas to the European territory due to its

existing energy routes.

“I believe the EU has been having

difficulty in getting used a powerful

Turkey,” he said, and the latest

developments in the Black Sea had

the potential to “normalize” Turkey’s

relations with the EU. “It would be

better if the EU acknowledged Turkey as

a partner, not as a country begging for

membership,” he said.



All-terrain vehicle & utility task vehicle

market worth $18.6 billion by 2026

The global ATV and UTV market

generated $9.2 billion in 2017 and

is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of

8.3% during the forecast period according

to a new report published by Polaris

Market Research.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are small, open,

and single-seated motor vehicles with

three or four tires. It has the ability to

operate on a wide variety of terrains such

as forests, mountains, snow, and other

rough terrains. These vehicles have deepthreaded

tires that enable the vehicles to

be driven on rocky, muddy, and root cover

terrains. Utility task vehicles are IC engines

or electric motors powered vehicles driven

through steering, and used in applications

such as farming, mining, and rescue.

The demand for ATV and UTV has increased

over the years owing to increasing tourism

activities. The increasing trend of sports

activities and adventure sports has

increased the demand for these vehicles.

The growing consumer disposable income

and improving living standards also fuel the

market growth. Other factors supporting

the market growth include technological

advancements, increasing applications

in defense and agriculture sectors, and

supportive government initiatives.

The report provides an extensive

qualitative and quantitative analysis of the

market trends and growth prospects of

the Global ATV and UTV Market, 2017-

2026. This report comprises a detailed

geographic distribution of the market

across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific,

Latin America, and MEA. North America is

further segmented into U.S., Canada, and

Mexico. Europe is divided into Germany,

UK, Italy, France, and Rest of Europe.

Asia-Pacific is bifurcated into China, India,

Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific. North

America generated the highest revenue

in 2017 owing to increasing applications

in agriculture, defense, and mining

applications. The high disposable incomes,

and government initiatives to promote

sport activities have resulted in market

growth in the region.

September 68

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global ATV and UTV market is

characterized by the presence of welldiversified

international and small and

medium-sized vendors. These companies

are consistently launching new products

to enhance their offerings in the market.

With the advancement of technologies,

companies are innovating and introducing

new customized products to cater

the growing needs of the customers.

Leading companies are also acquiring

other companies, and enhancing their

product offerings to improve their market

reach. Acquisitions enable key players to

increase their market potential in terms

of geographic expansion and expansion of

customer base.

The leading companies profiled in the

report include Yamaha Motors, Honda

Motors Co Ltd, Deere & Company, Polaris

Industries, Kubota Corporation, Caterpillar

Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle

& Engine Company, Bobcat Company, Hisun

Motors, and Bombardier Recreational


Key Segment Outlook


• All-Terrain Vehicle

• Sport All-Terrain Vehicle

• Sport Utility All-Terrain Vehicle

• Utility All-Terrain Vehicle

• Other All-Terrain Vehicles

• Uti Sports Utility Vehicle

• Load Carrier Utility Vehicle

• Multipurpose Utility Vehicle

• Other Utility Vehicles


• Sports

• Mining

• Entertainment

• Agriculture

• Defense

• Others


• North America

• U.S.

• Canada

• Mexico

• Europe

• Germany

• UK

• France

• Italy

• Asia-Pacific

• China

• India

• Japan

• South Korea

• Latin America

• Brazil

• Middle East and Africa

69 September

The new investment of

Ako Jant to double production

Producing wheels for commercial, agricultural and industrial vehicles in

domestic and global markets, AKO Jant will double its production through a

5 million USD investment program in its new rim lines.

Ömer Abrekoğlu, Factory Manager of Ako Jant

AKO JANT, a leading producer of

wheels for commercial, agricultural

and industrial vehicles in domestic

and global markets under Turkey’s nationalcapital

industrial giant AKO Group will

double its production through a 5 million

USD investment program in its new rim


“AKO Jant’ investments are continued

despite the unpredictability around the

globe dictated by the Covid – 19 Pandemic”

said Factory Manager Ömer Abrekoğlu,

“We are totally committed to Turkey’s

production potential. We aim to prevail

this period, and to reach an even stronger

position through investments.”

Established in 2014, within AKO Group’s

investment endeavors in automotive

supply industry,

AKO Jant’s production capacity keeps

growing through continuous investments.

AKO JANT provides wheels for automobiles,

as well as light commercial vehicles

agricultural vehicles, buses and heavy

duty vehicles, and vehicles used in

military. Furthermore, AKO JANT develops

its activities concurrently with the tyre

manufacturers as well as exporting to over

40 countries around the globe.

Responding rapidly to the market

expectations with its high-tech and highquality

production matched with its R&D

and design capabilities, AKO Jant grasped a

strong growth momentum in a short period

with a positive push of collaborations with

leading tyre manufacturers.

Investment for latest production

technology started producing yields

AKO Jant’s factory is built on a total space

of 120.000 m 2 out of which 23.500 m2 are

indoor area,

and new wheel


lines with were

set with latest



in 2018 with a

4,5 million USD


Ömer Abrekoğlu


that the

production lines are integrated with robotic

technologies in the factory, and that the

company is now moving towards doubling its

production capacity with a further 5 million

USD investment for 2020. Abrekoğlu further

said: “Our investments involve, among

other improvements, a new rim production

line set to be ready by 2021, coiler slitters

that would omit foreign dependability,

industry 4.0 compatible INPDS production

monitoring system and increased production

in our robotic production lines. All these

investments will double AKO Jant’s

production capacity by 2021”

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