Speaking at the opening, Defense Industry President Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir said that Eskişehir is a city with real industrial awareness. Stating that the fair is an important organization where industrialists will get to know each other, Demir said, “If you do not have a mature and competent industry, R&D and technology infrastructure, it is not possible to talk about an advanced defense industry.
On that occasion, I remember a love of aviation engineering, the visit of the first aviation club we founded in high school to Air Supply, and the days when asked about the place where people work in our environment, they were addressed as either the State Railways Factory or Air Supply. Eskişehir is the right address for this business. We hope that these activities will continue. We see such fairs as a process where our industrialists come together, get to know each other, spread over a wider area, create a sustainable technology industry infrastructure, which will ultimately contribute to the strong development of the defense industry.”
‘We have serious efforts to make ESKISEHIR a production center’
‘105 COMPANIES FROM 22 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE’
İlhan Ersözlü, General Manager of TÜYAP Anatolian Fairs, stated that 105 companies from 22 countries participated in the fair and said:
“We are preparing it for the first time in Eskişehir. 105 companies and company representatives from 22 countries are participating in this fair, which is prepared on R&D industry and technology. Indeed, we made a great effort, but we are grateful for the reward of our efforts. Hopefully, our companies participating here for 4 days will meet with local and foreign businessmen. More than 250 bilateral business meetings will be held in this field at the fair. At the fair, important companies of the sector on defense industry, aviation and manufacturing technologies will meet with the visitors.
After the opening speeches, President of Defense Industry İsmail Demir and Deputy Minister Büyükdede and their accompanying people cut the opening ribbon of the fair and toured the stands.
‘DATA AFTER THE FAIR WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT’
Visiting the Turkish Aerospace Industry stand, Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir said that the desired export figures in the defense industry have not been reached yet, but the future is very bright. Speaking to reporters, Prof. Dr. Demir said, “The most important part of the fair is to get results. We think that this fair will pave the way for the industry sector to come together, to make business connections in various business areas, and more importantly, to get to know each other in the direction of localization and the development of national technology, and to open up to new areas. The fair is important, but the data after the fair will be important for us. How much cooperation has it developed? Which products did we make a layout plan?
We will be satisfied with the positive results we will get on subjects such as Eskişehir, which we think is a great infrastructure for the Defense Industry, and to what extent has it carried this contribution. We made an initiative, we entered into the intention, we are in the field, but the important thing is that we expect the participants here to contact each other, get to know each other and gain momentum from here. We are at the beginning of the road for export. Our export figures are much smaller in exports compared to other countries, these are just the beginning. We think that as our products are known, known, and their performance is seen, they will increase even more. To be honest, we are far below the level we desire and want for exports. Export is indispensable in sustainable industry, but we see that the future is very bright in this regard. Hopefully, our goals will grow exponentially,” he said.