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What is the importance of Turkey's railway transportation TÜVASAŞ? In the area of rail vehicles as it has contributed to Turkey?
Turkey's first wagon manufacturing factory which Turkey Wagon Industry Corporation (TÜVASAŞ) 's, for our country, our railways and industry; It is possible to see a pioneer, an example and an important organization by examining its progress since its foundation. TÜVASAŞ has started to operate under the name of Vagon Repair Workshop in 1951 in order to save the railway transportation made by imported wagons until then and to meet the domestic needs.
10 has been providing maintenance and repair of passenger cars for the year. In this period, our company has been able to produce domestic passenger car with the internal dynamics it has constructed and has been transformed into Adapazarı Railway Factory (ADF) in 1961 and produced the first domestic passenger car in 1962. In 1975, Adapazarı Wagon Industry Corporation (ADVAS) has started to produce passenger cars and electric lines (suburban vehicles) in accordance with international standards. winning in 1986 its current company status and Turkey Wagon Industry Corporation, decision-making and resource utilization facilities as well as current production, provided with a new status, RAYBÜS and TVS 2000 series has the production of luxury passenger cars and light-rail vehicle speed infrastructure work for the production.
TÜVASAŞ has produced and continues to produce many rail vehicles that carry its own brand from üret design to production TÜ. Within the scope of the Diesel Train Set project developed for TCDD, the production of the total 84 vehicle was started in 2010 and was launched on 19 April 2011 at a ceremony attended by the first domestic Diesel Train Set, the Minister of Transport, Communication and Maritime Affairs Mr. Binali Yıldırım.
TÜVASAŞ has now produced almost all of the passenger cars in the use of TCDD. Maintenance, repair and modernization of these vehicles are also carried out in our company.
Our company is also involved in joint projects with international rail car manufacturer companies. With this method; In 2001, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality's 38 light rail vehicle; In 2007, 84 subway vehicle of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality;
In 2008, 75 electric series production in TCDD operation and 2011 units of MARMARAY have been completed and delivered in 144.
TÜVASAŞ has freed our country from foreign dependency in the production and repair of passenger cars and has made it a member of the European Union and able to export to countries with high standards.
TÜVASAŞ, since its establishment; 1900 passenger cars and 36.000 vehicles modernization and maintenance. TÜVASAŞ table of this success is a source of pride for all of Turkey.
How do you assess your company's position in Turkey?
TÜVASAŞ is a public organization with the main activity of “production and modernization of all kinds of rail vehicles for passenger transportation modern structured under the status of subsidiary of TCDD. At the global level; high added value and profitability, strategic and monopoly tendencies carrying rail vehicle manufacturing sector located in TÜVASAŞ, this location is one of the strategically important heavy industrial enterprises in Turkey. Especially in our country and in the region where our neighbors are located, both the efficiency of resource use and the necessity to disseminate high quality public transportation rapidly increase the demand for our sector. This potential and increasing demand is an industrial infrastructure with great benefits for our country's economy. Our company, with its accumulation over the 60 year and its culture related to the sector, activates this infrastructure for the benefit of our country and brings a ile rail vehicle production base ı to Sakarya, which is the source of its formation by taking its place in the center.
At the enterprise level, our organization contributes to the regional and national economy with 70 staff, 275 contracted officers and 776 employees. In every year, the last 1.121 is a company that has been constantly renewing its record in terms of production results, productivity, sales revenues and profitability values. Our sales revenue increased to 8 million in 2011. TÜVASAŞ finds that the financial structure of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry organized by the continuously included in the list of Turkey's largest industrial enterprise.
What do you see as the source of your success?
Since we started working as the General Manager of TÜVASAŞ, we have always been looking for how we can be more productive. By directing our managerial and human resources accumulation to this quest, we have created an institutional productivity culture. Through our annual and monthly briefings and consultation meetings, we kept our human resources constant. While equipping our employees with intensive in-service trainings, we have used scientific methods by using ığ corporate check-up and restructuring ken services from our universities. In the said applications, 9 has earned a lot to our company throughout the year. We have launched a working day-to-day work to do what is necessary to achieve better, including R & D studies, corporate identity work, production flow and machine equipment innovations, improving physical spaces
On the other hand, we attach great importance to international certifications in order to integrate into the global market. In terms of our sector, we have succeeded in getting many important certificates that will carry the TÜVASAŞ brand to the world market. ISO 14001 duy Environmental Management System ın and OHSAS TÜ 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System İş certificates were obtained and TÜVASAŞ's sensitivity to human and environment was certified. TS EN 15085 – Railway Applications EN EN Source of Railway Vehicles and Components olan certification work was carried out in the passenger railcars to be operated on Trans-European lines. These certificates have made a significant contribution to our participation in the European market.
Again, it is foreseen that the tests and measurements of the materials to be provided within the scope of TSI studies will be carried out in accredited laboratories. In order to ensure the validity of the analysis, test and measurement devices in our laboratories and the results obtained from them in accordance with the international standards, we have reached to the stage of certification for TS EN 17025 Laboratory Accreditation activities by TÜRKAK (Turkish Accreditation Agency). Conducting TS EN 17025 laboratory accreditation of our laboratories will increase our competitiveness and reliability in international markets.
Our 30 luxury wagon production project for Bulgaria is certified according to TSI (Technical Specification for Interoperability) standards. With this document, our company will have the first TSI certificate in the scope of conventional wagons in Europe, and therefore these wagons will be able to travel freely in all countries of the European Union.
You are producing for a strategic area like railway. When did you start exporting?
TÜVASAŞ has a dynamic corporate culture that can produce domestic wagons shortly after 10 years. However, at that time, because imported all of the tools used in Turkey railways, because the meat supply vernacularization the priorities of these tools, wagon passengers for our entire capacity of TCDD is used for the production and maintenance and repairs.
TÜVASAŞ produced its first export in 1971 in Pakistan and Bangladesh by producing a total of 77 passenger cars, and then used its production capacity to meet national needs.
In 2003, export-oriented marketing activities, which we initiated with the support and incentives of our Minister Binali Yildirim, gave the first fruit in 2006 and after the year 32 produced the production of 12 unit generator wagons for the Iraqi Railways.
In the last 9 year, our export oriented marketing activities have been brought to a certain level with many of our close neighbors. The fact that we selected one of the two companies with technical competence by participating in the procurement and modernization of passenger cars opened by the Egyptian Railways after Iraq, has been a significant prestige gain in the global rail vehicle market.
TÜVASAŞ recently signed a contract with the Bulgarian Railways, which lasted for two and a half years, and entered the European railway market by exporting to a member country of the European Union. 32.205.000 wagons to be produced for the project with a total cost of 30 Euro will be delivered to the Bulgarian Railways at 24 per month. According to the contract, part of the total cost with 31,75 was taken as an advance and TÜVASAŞ became the first company in its history to transfer money to our main company's TCDD accounts with this project.
What is the level of technological development in your wagons?
The wagons manufactured by TÜVASAŞ are manufactured in compliance with world standards. A unique approach that attaches importance to aesthetics in navigational safety, passenger comfort, interior decoration and color selection is applied in all our products.
TÜVASAŞ is a company that can produce rail vehicles with high standards and technological equipment, with its corporate culture, knowledge, qualified human resources and technological infrastructure. From TÜVASAŞ design to testing, delivery and after-sales services; and conforms to world standards. All required international certificates are taken and used.
In the scope of our project, Dinamik Inspection of Passenger Wagons under Static and Dynamic Loads iz, which was adopted by TÜBİTAK and jointly implemented by TÜBİTAK and implemented jointly with ITU Mechanical Engineering Faculty, the vehicles produced undergo wagon loading tests defined in international standards in computer environment.
What are the expectations of TÜVASAŞ 2012? What do you think about 2023 vision is your expectations in export?
The year of 2011 was very efficient for TÜVASAŞ. The tenders that we have participated in the international arena, the production of the first domestic Diesel Train Set, the production of 30 luxury wagons manufactured on Bulgarian railways and the production of 14 passenger carriages produced for the Iraqi railways are continuing in our facilities.
As TÜVASAŞ, we are entering 2012 with great hopes and great enthusiasm. We will continue to increase the speed of the export activities that we have initiated and we will continue to have a say in the European and world market.
We will continue our “change management da program to make our corporate culture and production technology more efficient. We will take all the steps to bring the required innovations to our company. We will continue to be an exemplary public institution that contributes to employment and increases its contribution to the region and the country's economy.
100 the Republic of Turkey. In this period where we are focusing on the anniversary of 2023, TÜVASAŞ has become an international brand in the production and modernization of rail vehicles for passenger transportation. TÜVASAŞ today is history now beyond being an institution that limit the production of export-dependent and Turkey. TÜVASAŞ's 2023 vision; our know-how, our technological competence and our corporate potential ine we will continue to continually improve ihtiyaç on the one hand, while providing solutions to the needs and demands of the country, on the other hand, we can express that it is an organization that makes production at the international level.
Turkey has reached today's rail transport which size? What has come to Turkey in the European rail transport?
When a brief analysis of Turkey's railway transportation; We can see that the infrastructure works that started in the Ottoman period gained a significant momentum in the Republican period, but unfortunately the developments in the world remained quite behind. In the last 9 year, there are efforts to close this gap related to railway transportation.
Turkey, which began in recent years between the countries in the world with High Speed Rail project has been among the few countries that use this technology. High Speed Rail applications, Turkey's prestige has increased the world and has provided a safe and comfortable travel opportunities to our country.
As TÜVASAŞ, we have contributed to this railway mobilization by increasing our production quantity and quality with our existing products, and on the other hand, we have realized our new and prestige project as Diesel Train Set production. The sets which are called tedir ANADOLU set and delivered to TCDD in series 3, continue to serve with great appreciation of people in İzmir-Tire line. Within the scope of this project, we are preparing a fleet of 84 vehicles to TCDD. Diesel Train Sets will be used in the regions where there are no electricity lines and will serve our people with its modern structure, high comfort and safe travel.
Again, we are carrying out joint production of MARMARAY vehicles with Eurotem which is the giant transportation project of the century which will connect Asia and Europe with the tube gate. Both MARMARAY and Dizel Train Set project were the milestones of TÜVASAŞ's contribution to the recent rising railway trend.