TOGG is ‘a full-length mirror’ for the Turkish automotive supply industry


Albert Saydam, Chairman of the Board of the Vehicle Supply Manufacturers Association, said, “The Turkish automotive industry is able to produce 80 percent of a vehicle.”

Albert Saydam, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vehicle Supply Manufacturers Association (TAYSAD), stated that the Turkish automotive industry is able to produce 80 percent of a vehicle, but this rate can drop to 15 percent if the transformation is not kept up, and said, “Therefore, the TOGG project is a full size for all of us. mirror. We see what we can and cannot do in an electric vehicle, not just in terms of competitiveness.” said.

Saydam made statements to the AA correspondent regarding the Turkish automotive supply industry and the digital transformation of the industry.

Saydam stated that the Turkish automotive industry has come to the fore as the locomotive sector in exports for 15 years, and said that Turkey provides one dollar of every 6 dollars in exports through automotive exports.

Saydam stated that the share of the Turkish automotive industry in the world’s automotive industry economy is between 1.5 and 1.7 percent, “We have some opportunities ahead of us. When the right steps are taken and these opportunities are realized, it is possible for this rate to increase to 2% or even 2.5%.” used the phrases.

Saydam made the following evaluations about these opportunities:

“Due to the epidemic, there were serious disruptions in the supply chain. These disruptions occurred not only in finding raw materials, but also in logistics channels. What do we call logistics? It is transportation, a certain time, a certain cost. The way to reduce this is to trade from nearby geographies. All sectors, which have always been stuck behind a globalization train since the 2000s, understand that not only automotive but now, the best possibility, the cheapest possibility, the most optimum possibility is to trade from your neighbor next to you. This is an opportunity that should be underlined for the Turkish automotive industry, especially for the supply industry.” said.

“It is clear that we will attract investors from abroad”
Albert Saydam also touched upon the interest of foreign investors in the Turkish automotive industry.

Considering the last 5 years, Saydam pointed out that there have been new investments announced for the last two years in a row: “There are two reasons for these new investments. The first is the level that the Turkish automotive supply industry has reached. The second is the new platforms launched and introduced by the main industries in Turkey. New platforms are not just in terms of sight, they are platforms that use new technology. After all, it is clear that we will attract investors from abroad as long as these platforms are produced in our country.” he said.

“Digital transformation has started irreversibly”
Explaining that digital transformation started irreversibly, especially with the epidemic, and gradually increasing its impact and weight, Albert Saydam said:

“Currently, we perceive this digital transformation only as the digitization of the vehicles we use. In the 1980s, the typewriter was lifted off our desks in our offices. It was replaced by a computer. We just think that while we are writing our articles, the deletion process has become easier. However, our whole life is changing. We won’t just be doing what we do better. New business areas are emerging. New solutions are emerging. Of course, there are also new question marks that we need to deal with. As I said when we took the right steps here, I am not only speaking for Turkey. I guess we will have a much better world than 2020 or 2021.”

“It is imperative that the industry achieves the right transformation to electricity”
TAYSAD Chairman Saydam emphasized that the new decisions taken by automotive companies such as TOGG, Ford Otosan, Oyak Renault and Tofaş within the scope of transformation and the commissioning of electric or hybrid vehicle platforms are very important for the sector.

Saydam stated that the Turkish automotive industry is able to produce 80 percent of a vehicle at the moment, but this rate will decrease if the transformation is not kept up.

“If we can’t make the right conversion in the electric vehicle, this 80 percent rate will decrease to a figure between 30 percent and 15 percent. Why? Because the electric motor, battery and software already make up 60 percent of the electric vehicle. If we do not specialize in that subject, then we will have to take it from others. Therefore, the TOGG project is a full-length mirror for all of us. Not only in terms of competitiveness, we see what we can and cannot do in an electric vehicle. While those who do are trying to maintain this competitive advantage, those who can’t, go for alternative solutions, or rather, to improve their own processes. They are on the path to change.”

Source AA

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