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Defence and Aerospace Industry: Significant Growth in Exports Expected

Mr. Latif Aral Aliş, Chair

Issue 58

Defence Turkey: Mr. Latif Aral Aliş, first of all I would like to thank you for your time. As the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association,has left another year behind, could you briefly inform us on the activities the Association realized during 2014?

The main goal of the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association - SSI is to expand the export potential of the Turkish defence and aerospace industry while increasing its export performance. Our companies are developing, designing and manufacturing products and our Association is striving to assist our companies during the exporting phase of this process. 2014 was an effectual year in this respect. We hosted business delegations from the United States of America and France in Ankara and supported such events, introduced our sector and brought the delegations and our companies together. Fairs are the most important promotion channels for us. In 2014, we represented the Turkish defence and aerospace industry at the fairs all over the world. As the Defence Alliance Group as part of SSI and the National Participation Organization, we participated in the Eurosatory 2014 held in Paris, France on 16-20 June 2014 and in the Indo Defence 2014 Event, that took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 5-8 November 2014, withan information stand. As the Defence Alliance Group, we represented our country at the IWA Outdoor Classics 2014 Fair that was held in Nurnberg, Germany on 7-10 March 2014 as well. Moreover, in coordination with the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, we attended the following events as visitors: DIMDEX 2014 Fair in Doha, Qatar on 25-27 March 2014, ILA Berlin Air Show in Berlin, Germany on 20-25 May 2014, Farnborough International Air Show 2014 in London, England on 14-18 June 2014, ADEX Exhibition 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan on 11-13 September 2014, AUSA 2014 Event in Washington D.C., USA on 13-15 October 2014 and IDEAS 2014 in Karachi, Pakistan on 1-4 December 2014. In addition to the aforesaid, as Turkish Defence Alliance – TDA, we conducted promotion activities. Naturally, we diversified our promotional efforts by appearing in national as well as international press.

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