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Bursa is Strengthening its Supplier Position in the Defense Industry

Issue 81

Bursa companies that have been participating in the projects of large-scaled domestic and international institutions in the defense and aerospace industry are in a position to meet 75% of Turkey’s defense industry needs through their infrastructure in the manufacturing industry. Noting that Ankara is the center of the defense industry as per the decisions made by the government, the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTSO) Aerospace & Defense Council and Clustering President Mr.Mustafa Hatipoğlu said that Bursa will become a strong supplier in the sector. Underlining that Ankara should not regard Bursa as performing only in the automotive sector, Mr.Hatipoğlu emphasized that as the city, they prefer to advance also in the defense and aviation/aerospace industry.

Pointing out that the leading producers in the sector are impressed by the infrastructure in Bursa, Mr. Mustafa Hatipoğlu, “We want to increase the effectiveness of the city in different sectors. The export figures in the field of defense and aviation/aerospace are still below our expectations, but the activities and efforts made by the companies in this field are promising for the defense industry exports of the city. While the exports of Bursa companies in the sector reached $1 million in 2015 and reached $7.2 million  in 2016, an increase of 615 percent, there was only an increase of 6 percent in 2017 and exports amounted to $7.6 million. Accordingly, we have targeted markets such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Middle East and Malaysia”.