General Manager, Teksan
The aim of Teksan’s second factory in Kocaeli is to expand our capabilities for manufacturing. Now that we are exporting to more than 130 countries and are targeting more markets, we needed a second facility. The bottleneck at our original factory limited us to 6,000 units per year, and we faced production problems. The lead time was long, and we were not able to meet certain large orders from customers. After the second factory opened, we were able to provide our customers with more flexible solutions. The factory is designed to give us the capability to produce with short lead times and maintain stock. Kocaeli is an assembly facility whereas our Istanbul factory is a production plant, and we are using advanced manufacturing systems there that allow us to become more efficient. We are investing in technology in two areas: production and process. In this factory, we have a robotic process for critical quality and current operations. We are also putting great effort into automating our processes. Ultimately, our target is to reach maximum customer satisfaction; we want to respond to customers as fast and as accurately as possible. We also use remote monitoring technology to track our products after the sales. The main target of this solution is to have remote maintenance done on our products.
General Manager & Board Member, Erin Motor
Erİn Motor is a recently established company based on Åžahin Metal, which dates back to the mid-1970s. Åžahin Metal works in the aluminum die-casting sector and is 100% focused on the automotive industry and exports, supplying to companies like Mercedes and Porsche. With our partners, we sought to work to create a final product with added value. Erin Motor was thus created to build internal combustion engines. Ours are industrial diesel engines, namely off-highway engines, which are engines for vehicles and machines that are not on the road. These include tractors, generators, boats, and vehicles for agricultural irrigation, for example. Our main business is producing engines, but we also provide support to different sectors and produce our own products. The biggest market we serve is the diesel engine market, which accounts for around 40% of our revenue. That’s followed by generators, which make up around 30% of our revenue. Both of these sectors have high level of competition. The remaining 30% of our revenue is broken down into other sectors. Our new product is a silent generator for villas. Moreover, the company produces motor pumps for agricultural irrigation. Not all agricultural areas in Turkey have access to electricity, so diesel motor pumps are used for irrigation. We also produce marine engines for fishing boats between six and 10m.
Chairman of the Board, Hakan Altınay
In 1990, we set out to improve industrial robot technology with local resources in partnership with Istanbul Technical University. Our aim was to create a robotics industry in Turkey with local resources. However, venture capital investment was extremely hard to find, and we instead focused on creating systems and lines based on existing robots. For example, we are building a production line for a vehicle company that produces 100,000-150,000 cars per year. We use robots from major robot manufacturers around the world in our systems, and we do all the engineering infrastructure, system engineering, production engineering, and employee training after the installation of the line. The development of robot technology in the 1990s enabled us to work in other fields such as glass technologies, house appliance technologies, and food technologies in the 2000s. We also started to enter the control technologies of aircraft with the knowledge we accumulated over the years, and we have since established our company in aviation and advanced technologies. In 2012, we established a vehicle engineering company, and in 2015, we split the glass technologies department from the main corporation and turned it into a new company working only on glass technologies. Finally, we have started looking into electric vehicle technologies and energy storage technologies, such as battery and BMS technologies.
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