Izmir also missed this train

Izmir also missed this train
Chinese wagon giant CSR Corporation has decided to establish a carriage production facility for 110 million dollars in Xinjiang with MNG Holding
İzmir missed another big investment. CSR Corporation, the second largest railway equipment manufacturer in the world, preferred Ankara instead of İzmir for the investment it planned to make in Turkey. The Chinese wagon giant, whose customers include İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, has decided to establish a 110 million dollar wagon production facility with MNG Holding in Ankara Sincan. The company laid the foundation of its new facility with a ceremony held yesterday. Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu, who went to China in 33 to see the production of 32 wagons worth 2011 million euros used in the Izmir Metro, met with CSR General Manager Xu Zongxiang. Zongxiang said that they wanted to make production in Turkey and that they saw İzmir as the most suitable city for investment. Last year, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications awarded the 324 wagon tender for the Ankara metro to the Chinese wagon giant for 322 million dollars. kazanhad been. In addition, according to the tender specifications, the Chinese company will comply with the 51 percent domestic production requirement. It is stated that this tender and the domestic production condition were effective in the Chinese choosing Ankara as the investment location.

We were sorry but…
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu said that he was very saddened by the Chinese CSR Corporation, which entered the European market with the metro tender opened by İzmir Metropolitan, chose Ankara as the investment location, but they were also happy that they brought one of the world's important investors to Turkey. Izmir's wagon tender kazanReminding that they went to China after their visit, they went to China to inspect the factory of CSR Group and then invited Group President Zheng Changhong to the city, President Kocaoğlu said, “Mr. Changhong, in the letter he sent, said, "With the friendly relations between CSR and İzmir, mutual trust created by the metro project will improve future cooperation. stated that he believed. Then they opened their first office in Turkey in Izmir. We also gave the company officials a tour of the OIZs in İzmir and explained the investment advantages. They told us that they wanted to operate in an area of ​​100 – 120 thousand square meters, if the conditions were right and the central government gave support. Of course, we were very upset that they chose Ankara for investment after all these efforts. Still, looking at the glass half full, I can say that we are happy that we have prepared the ground for such an important investor to invest in Turkey.”

"We must insist on Volkswagen"
* Ekrem Demirtaş
(President of Izmir Chamber of Commerce)
Economically, they found Ankara more convenient and decided to invest there. As İzmir, what is our disadvantage compared to Ankara? We have to investigate this. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality was conducting the negotiations with CSR. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's attitude is important. It is necessary to take care of him.

  • Mehmet Tiryaki
    (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry)
    Of course, we would like such an investment to come to our region. But also it is gratifying to come to Turkey. In order to attract investments of this scale to our region, it is necessary to improve the criteria that investors are looking for. We have many criteria such as good infrastructure, qualified people, logistics, transportation and market. From now on, the managers of our region and the presidents of non-governmental organizations need to follow the investors constantly. Our Minister of Economy Zafer Çağlayan keeps the Volkswagen investment on the agenda. If the German company comes to investment, it will come with hundreds of sub-industrialists. We must insist on attracting this investment to the Aegean. The EBSO Board of Directors is also following this investment.
  • Selami Özpoyraz
    (İzmir Chamber of Commerce Assembly President)
    We have to take initiatives with the government to bring new investments to our region. In this context, we need to convince the Minister of Economy, Zafer Çağlayan and the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Nihat Ergün, to make other automotive investments, especially Volkswagen, in İzmir. We will go to Ankara with our President Ekrem Demirtaş and wait for this investment at the door of our ministers. Both the industrial zones in Izmir and the auto supply industry in neighboring provinces are very strong. We are close to the port, our export is easy. There is a tax advantage in such large investments. We expect government support to bring Volkswagen investment to the region.

  • View Yılmaz's Full Profile
    (Aegean Economy Development Foundation President)
    There is nothing missing in the Aegean. We have land, workforce and business potential. No need to get upset. We are trying to attract as much investments as we can to the Aegean. Our advantages more than other regions. We must continue our work at the same pace. What we did for Opel in the past should now be for Volkswagen.

  • Contact Mustafa directly
    (President of Aegean Automotive Association)
    The return on investments must be advantageous to bring investors to the Aegean. For this, İzmir should be included in the tax incentive zone. Some special sectoral incentives should be applied. A 10-year tax reduction should be provided in automotive investment. Auto factories in Europe are now moving outside of Europe. Investment in order to attract the Aegean to Turkey with our young population and the need to combine their technology. If we do that, there's no reason Volkswagen shouldn't come.

What did Izmir have missed before?
* When the privatization process of Izmir Alsancak Port got involved in lawsuits, Hutchison Group, one of the world's largest port operators, gave up buying the port.
* The effort to bring back Opel, which closed its factory in Torbalı, was not successful.
* British cigarette company BAT closed its factory in Tire and moved to Samsun.
* Sevilen Şarapları could not expand its facility in İzmir Gaziemir and invested in Aydın.
* Turkey's first futures exchange VOB, combined with the Istanbul Stock Exchange is moving to Istanbul.
* Chinese automobile company DFM considered Izmir for investment but has not made an investment decision yet.
* Considering investment in Izmir, Chinese Cherry went to Marmara.
* A French engine manufacturer moved its planned facility in the Aegean Free Zone to Poland.

What investment will the Chinese make in Ankara?
In the CSR-MNG Ankara Metro Vehicles Production Facilities, which will be built on a total area of ​​108 thousand square meters in the first stage, a capacity of 200 vehicle production will be created in the first stage and 150 vehicle maintenance and repair capacity in the second stage. It was stated that 12 Chinese and 30 Turkish qualified technical personnel will work continuously in the project, which is planned to start production after 350 months of construction period, and that approximately 6 thousand people will be created in the construction and production phases.

Source : www.yeniasir.com.t is

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