It would be hard to say that the world has fully recovered from the global financial crisis of 2008. Turkey had its share; however in a very limited scale thanks to its SME-based diversified economy of agricultural and industrial sectors.
Despite several geopolitical and economic crises, including the ongoing Syrian war along its borders, Turkey’s total exports have decreased only slightly by 2.7% to USD 95.7 billion during the first 9 months of 2016 compared to the previous year. In our sector, machinery exports have reached USD 9.9 billion during the same period this year, indicating an increase of 1.8%. These results show the extent of Turkish economy’s resilience.
As the Turkish Fluid Power Association, we continue with our training programmes that were initiated in 2010 as per the recommendations of CETOP. Having received the CETOP approval in 2015, we also continue organising Industrial Hydraulic and Pneumatic- Level 1 and Level 2 trainings.
Based on a new legislation by the Turkish Vocational Qualifications Institution which brings the requirement of a relevant certification for employment, our Association’s headquarters have become an examination venue for the Hydraulics and Pneumatics field. This new development is of high importance, as it will no longer be possible for an employee to work in this field without this certification.
Last but not the least, our Association is currently preparing for HPKON, the biggest networking congress and exposition of the Hydraulic and Pneumatic sector in Turkey, which will take place for the 8th time on 22-25 November 2017 in Izmir, Turkey.