Kaya’s organisation will host the RubberCon 2018 in Istanbul, organised by International Rubber Conference Organisation (IRCO).
According to Kaya, customs procedures together with all other government and private sector services have been operating “normally without any delays despite the political unrest”.
Organisers of Rubber 2016 expo in Istanbul also insisted that the tire and rubber sector had not been impacted.
Everything is going well,” assured Cansu Gördü, project marketing specialist at Tüyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc., which is staging the Istanbul 9th Rubber Industry Fair on 24-27 Nov.
Life has been continuing in Turkey,” said Gördü. “There hasn’t been impact on the tire and rubber industry in Turkey so the date is still the same.”
And, despite the recent political turmoil, a clear indication of market confidence in Turkey was a mid-August $150-million long-term loan by the European Bank of Reconstruction of Development (EBRD) to Brisa, a joint venture between Bridgestone and Sabanci, for a project to build its second tire plant, in Aksaray.
Rated at 4.2 million units/year, the new plant is due on stream in early 2018 and is expected to employ 550 people. It is to become Brisa’s strategic hub, supplying Bridgestone and Lassa brands to markets in Turkey and neighbouring countries.