Turkish automotive parts delegation visits Atlanta

The event, held March 12-16, was organized by the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OİB), which represents Turkey's automotive industry exports.

At left, Baran Çelik Chairman, chairman of the The Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OİB), which organized the trade delegation. Photo courtesy OİB. At right, Dunya Bulut, Strategic Marketing Manager for ABA Automotive. ABA is one of eight companies that participated in the trade event. Photo courtesy of Dunya Bulut.

A delegation of Turkish automotive trade representatives visited Atlanta recently to promote the industry’s products to the U.S. market. The event, held March 12-16, was organized by the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OİB), which represents Turkey’s automotive industry exports.

The Turkish automotive industry has seen rapid growth in recent years, exporting to 200 countries, with a total export value of $31 billion in 2022, including $13 billion in automotive supplier industry exports. Turkey also boasts a foreign trade surplus of $79 billion from 2006 to 2022. The Turkish automotive industry is the largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe and the 13th-largest motor vehicle manufacturer in the world in 2021, the organization says.

Photo courtesy of Dunya Bulut

The Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OİB) is a union of coordination for automotive sector exporters. With more than 8,266 active memberships, the OİB is the sole export representative of the automotive industry, which is the locomotive of the country’s total exports. The automotive industry, which exports a total of $31 billion in 2022, ranks first in European commercial vehicle production.

The delegation aimed to increase the export volume of the industry and inform its members about developments in foreign trade. The visit was also an opportunity to showcase the OİB Technical and Vocational High School, which was established by the Uludağ Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association (OİB) to meet the sector’s need for qualified human resources. The school is equipped with the latest technologies and is the first and only public building in its field to earn a Green Building Certificate in Turkey.

During the visit, the delegation met with several American automotive companies to explore opportunities for collaboration and exchange ideas for innovative designs for the industry. The OİB organizes “The Future of Automotive Design Competition” every year with the Turkish Ministry of Trade’s support and under the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) coordination to encourage the development of unique and innovative designs for the automotive industry.

The companies taking part in the delegation were:

ATEK (Atek Makina San. Tic. AŞ)
Dönmez Debriyaj Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
ABA Automotive (Dünya Otomotiv Yedek Parça Paz. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti)
Hann Filter (Hann Filtre Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti.)
İkiler Otomotiv Filtre İth. Ihr. San. Tic. A.Ş.
Insu Teknik Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Ske Otomotiv San. ve Tic. A.Ş.
Teknorot Otomotiv Ürn. San. Tic. A.Ş.

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