Fluid Power in Turkey became a dedicated sector in early 1960s. While this sector achieved gradual growth in size and familiarity during the past 20-25 years, it was only in 1990s when the establishmnet of an association started to be discussed. Subsequently, AKDER Fluid Power Association was founded on 3 February 1994.
AKDER has achieved steady growth, as it enabled its members to get together and discuss mutual challenges. As one of AKDER's founders said: "Before AKDER was founded, we would shy away from dropping by the offices of our collleagues in the sector. We did not really gather to talk about work. This was especially true because of the perceived competition among each other. But now, we meet under the name of AKDER, share statistics and are at ease, knowing we are on the same boat together."
AKDER has been more closely collaborating with the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers since it started organising HPKON Congress and Expo in 1999 together.
The association has collaborated with the Turkish Standards Institute since 2004 in order to adopt and publish ISO standards as Turkish Standards. Furthermore, a Mirror Committee was formed to closely monitor ISO and EU standards relevant for the sector.
Over the years and during several meetings in AKDER, the need for qualified work force became a recurring topic. Considering that the schools were insufficiently capable of providinig fluid power specific training, AKDER started working on designing a training programme. Finally, in 2008, this project became reality and ever since, AKDER has been a provider of Applied Hydraulic and Pneumatic Trainings in the market.
AKDER became a CETOP member in 2002.