TEI, the leading aviation engines manufacturer in Turkey, debuted its Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building with a ceremony attended by Mr. Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, Mr. Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism, and other guests.
Engine components to be produced in the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building are expected to bring in nearly USD 2 billion sales/export revenues by 2035.
TEI President and CEO Mahmut F. Aksit gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony, underlining TEI's position as the leading supplier of LEAP engine parts globally thanks to this investment. Aksit also noted the building costs USD 10 million and has a total investment value of USD 110 million together with its manufacturing equipment, however, the investment is expected to bring in USD 2 billion through export of the parts to be produced in the new building over the next two decades.
Mike Wilking, VP of Business Development, Sales & Marketing of Military Systems at General Electric Aviation took the floor after Aksit's speech and expressed his satisfaction on TEI's position as a leading global engine supplier leveraged by their more than 30 years of partnership, and noted that they would continue to invest in the future.
Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism and Member of the Parliament for Eskisehir, highlighted the importance of TEI to Eskisehir. "TEI adds significant value to not only the industry but also the social life in Eskisehir through the social and training projects it has carried out" he noted.
Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, took the floor for the final speech, during which he draw attention to the current situation since the coup attempt on July 15. "I would like to congratulate people of Command of Combatant Air Force on their successful operations against the terrorists disguised in military uniform, and thank people of Eskisehir once again for standing for democracy," he said. Minister of Defense also underlined TEI's achievements so far: "TEI is a source of pride for Turkey as it has become a leading global engine part manufacturer and turned Eskisehir into an important center in this area. Companies which have faith in Turkey always win, and General Electric represents a good example of this fact," he said. "Design of the diesel engine for UAVs has been completed and manufacture is planned for 2018; thanks to this design, we will be able to export it without any limitations and I congratulate TEI management and employees on this great achievement.
I'm happy to say that we will be able to produce an original aircraft engine within 5 years, and TEI will be the manufacturer of this engine".
After delivery of speeches, company ID cards were presented to 31 new employees who completed the On-the-Job Training Program conducted by TEI in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
Finally, the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building was put into service with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stage.
After the opening ceremony, Minister of Defense Fikri Isik and Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci visited the manufacturing site and pushed the button to launch production of blisk parts for use in next generation engines.
Minister of Defense took a tour around the premises accompanied by the company officers, and left TEI after a short debrief.
Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Azmi Celik, Governor of Eskisehir, General Hasan Kucukakyuz, Commander of Combatant Air Force, Harun Karacan, AKP Member of the Parliament for Eskisehir, Prof.Dr.Yilmaz Buyukersen, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Ferhat Kapici, Chief Public Prosecutor of Eskisehir, Prof.Dr.Naci Gundogan, President of Anadolu University, Lt. Gen. Orhan Akbas, Director General of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (Former), Koksal Liman, Chairman at TEI, Muharrem Dortkasli, CEOI at TAI and many high profile delegates were present at the ceremony.