ElringKlinger has reaffirmed its commitment to Turkey as a manufacturing location. On Friday, November 18, 2016, the automotive supplier unveiled its new facility in Bursa. The plant is to focus primarily on the production of thermal shielding systems and specialty gaskets.
The Dettingen-based company has been operating a plant in the western Turkish city of Bursa since 2009. As production capacity had become insufficient to meet sustained buoyancy in demand, the company drew up detailed plans for a new plant back in October 2014. Construction work commenced in August 2015. "Turkey is acknowledged as an important manufacturing location for large parts of the automobile industry. Our new plant will help to meet high levels of demand," says Dr. Stefan Wolf, CEO of ElringKlinger AG.
Plant inauguration: festive event and VIP visit
Spanning around 10,500 square meters, the new plant was built over a period of 12 months. It encompasses production and logistics areas as well as a three-storied office complex and a tool engineering facility. Order backlog for the current financial year stands at 9 million units, the emphasis being on thermal shielding systems and specialty gaskets. By 2019, ElringKlinger is expecting to see production output of one million additional parts. This may also coincide with an increase in the plant's workforce. At present, ElringKlinger employs around 170 people in Turkey. "Turkey remains a key location for our Group and will contribute to future growth. With this in mind, we have also secured the adjacent plots of land for ourselves so that we can react with maximum
speed and flexibility," says Wolf.
Together with the General Manager of the Turkish subsidiary Yavuz Günaydin, ElringKlinger's CEO welcomed a number of guests to the official inauguration ceremony, including ISPAT President Arda Ermut and Dr. Faruk Özlü, Minister of Science, Industry,
and Technology. The new plant was officially inaugurated as part of a joint festive ceremony. Invited guests were later given a guided tour of the production facility and the new building.