Elevator Firms Adopted the Clustering Model
At the meeting on clustering held in Ankara OSTİM Conference Hall on 21 March 2018, clustering activities were put on the table in the elevator sector in Turkey.
In addition to the sector representatives operating in Ankara, Vehbi Konarılı, Provincial Director of Science, Industry and Technology, Orhan Aydın, Chairman of OSTİM, Yusuf Atik, Chairman of the Elevator Industry Federation (ASFED) and Gökhan Cihaner, Head of Anatolian Elevator Association (ANASDER) attended the meeting.
Mehmet Cevher, participating the meeting as Provincial Deputy Director of Science, Industry and Technology, said that the facilities provided by the state in the event of clustering will provide recognition and awareness to the elevator companies and will benefit them as a sector at the same time, and they support the cluster as Provincial Directorate.
Cluster Project Manager Esma Akyüz gave information about the UR-GE (International Competitiveness Improvement Support) support of the Ministry of Economy, which especially accelerated the clustering process. Having talked about the needs analysis carried out within the scope of the project and the positive contributions of the training and consultancy to be done in the company, Akyüz also gave detailed information about foreign field visits, bilateral business negotiations, fair visits within the scope of project support. Noting that cluster development teams and working groups need to be established, Esma Akyüz talked about supporting domestic and external competition. Akyüz lastly emphasized that an increase of more than 100 percent was observed in the exports of the companies in projects that were completed before.
After the meeting, Ankara Science, Industry and Technology Provincial Director Vehbi Konarılı said that; "When flexible and sustainable structures and economic values of the clustering model are considered, all of the developing countries, such as Turkey, are developing and implementing policies to create the appropriate environment for the emergence, growth and sustainability of SMEs. Today, SMEs have no alternative but to build strong partnerships to improve their development and competitiveness, and to increase their competitiveness through clustering. It is necessary for a cluster to be formed to increase competitiveness and to make a contribution to securing the future in the long term for creating brand firms, to facilitate adaptation to international competition conditions, to reduce the costs of adaptation and to use clustering as a tool for them. In addition, the public must also support it as a market regulator.”