Boeing launched the Turkey Supplier Development Program, one of the key components of the National Aviation Initiative, scope of which was announced last week with the participation of Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Undersecretary of Defence Industries, and developed jointly by Boeing, its stakeholders and business partners to further develop Turkey’s aviation and aerospace industry in conjunction with the country’s Vision 2023 and with the objective to grow its aerospace industry.
The Opening Ceremony and Conference were held in Istanbul under the auspices of the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM), and with the participation of more than 100 companies.
Boeing aims to increase Turkish industry’s share of the global aerospace supply chain with this Supplier Development Program, launched for the first time in Turkey.
Many representatives from companies that are not currently Boeing suppliers took part in the event alongside Boeing’s numerous stakeholders and Tier 1 suppliers in Turkey.
Brian Baird, vice president, Supply Chain Operations, Boeing Commercial Airplanes explained the actions to be taken for increasing Turkish industry’s share of the Boeing supply chain. “We are pleased to launch today the Turkey Supplier Development Program in this high value-added and export-focused sector”, he said. “With this program, we aim to increase the share of Turkish aerospace industry in global supply chains, develop the number of competing companies and their global competitiveness.”
“Turkey is among Boeing’s priority markets, not only because it’s a growing country, but also it’s a contributor to Boeing’s competitiveness and productivity. The Turkish aerospace industry has world-class production capacity, engineers, pilots, and service and maintenance providers. That’s why we created the National Aviation Initiative together with our stakeholders here to transform our collaboration with Turkey into a strategic partnership. One of the most important parts of this plan is industry collaboration”. said Ayşem Sargın, Boeing Turkey General Manager and Country Executive.
The Undersecretary of Defense Industries İsmail Demir had highlighted that a developed and global aviation industry is a priority area and is essential to Turkey’s 2023 vision.