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In conversation with Adnan Dalgakiran, President of Turkish Machinery, Ankara, Turkey Mr. Adnan Dalgakıran, Turkey, as an export-oriented country, represents the 17 th largest economy in the world and the sixth largest economy among the European countries. Do you think that the current political developments could jeopardize its position? The effects of current political developments on the global positions of national economies are not observed in a short period. Furthermore, it appears that Turkey will benefit from recent developments because we can say that the Turkish economy will grow faster as a result of the consolidation of democratic institutions and importance attached to merits. In addition, as the representatives of the machinery industry, which have a key position within the Turkish economy, we believe that we are not satisfied with our current ranking in the world and that Turkey should be among the top 10 economy of the world because of its potential and dynamics. We have both industry-specific and general roadmaps for that purpose. Our targets fully coincide with the appeal for a stronger democracy in the wake of latest developments. Developments in the machine industry have made significant contributions to the growth of the national economy particularly in the past decade. In your opinion, what are the pillars of that accomplishment from the standpoint of your industry? It is known that the Turkish economy is pursuing an exportcentered growth strategy. You have to produce in order to export. The machine industry’s development and growth has originated from this need. Largely dependent on imports, our industry started diminishing this dependence thanks to its high performance from one year to the next and consequently made a greater contribution to the growth of the national economy. Main factors behind our successful performance in this industry in the past couple of years are; importance attached to quality, entrepreneurship, and our flexible structure. Our responsiveness to demand and logistical capabilities ensured our current success. We are, however, not at the desired point in our industry yet. We need to find solutions warranted by the age of industrialization by training our employees more efficiently. Thus, our industry is facing some major issues such as digitalization, automation, and the requirements of Industry 4.0. We know that you, as the representatives of the machine industry, attach importance to technological cooperation in Turkish-German relations. We hear that your government plans to recall scientists from Germany. Would such a move put bilateral scientific relations at risk? Germany is a benchmark country from the standpoint of the machine industry and it is, therefore, of strategic importance to us. We have reached an important point in our trade with that country Adnan Dalgakiran, Präsident, Turkish Machinery, Ankara Turkey as compared with the past, but we have a potential greater than that reflected in trade. We are intensifying our efforts to enhance our technological cooperation with Germany in particular. Recalling the employees of our industry or these kind of cases are out of the question. Our ongoing efforts will continue without any interruption. Our partners have sent us messages reflecting their desire to continue. Thus, reports appearing in the media outlets of other countries should be taken with a pinch of salt. We are also endeavoring to enlighten those who have questions about different issues and to help them. We know that the Machinery Exporters’ Association of Turkey have appealed for joint investments in third countries as an ideal area where Turkey and Germany can cooperate. What would you like to say about the potential benefits of such cooperation for companies and what kind of a role they need to play? In fact, the model that we have developed and offered for cooperation between Turkish and German machinery industries is actually a model that we can also share with companies in other countries. This model aims at expanding global and modular areas of cooperation in global markets while making an optimum use of resources and business opportunities. Export quota of Turkish machines for the international market equates to 80 %. Agricultural machinery in Germany, for example, are suitable for large areas with a high automation capability. They can cooperate with our agricultural machinery manufacturers who still have not got into automation and produces for small lands. The supply network in all industries, including casting, chromium plating, and processing of sheet steel represents a network which is most suited to cooperation. Turkey has always maintained commercial ties with her close neighbors. Germany may benefit from our experience and skills regarding marketing. Mr. Dalgakiran, thank you for this conversation.. The interview was conducted by Nicole Steinicke, Editor, Automation Technologies, Vereinigte Fachverlage, Mainz, Germany Photographs: teaser fotolia, other Turkish Machinery www.makinetanitimgrubu.com MDA Technologies 3/2016

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