Kocaeli is the epicenter of the Turkish manufacturing industry, mad $5.4 billion export in period between January-April. The largest export country was the United Kingdom with $ 569 million.
Kocaeli hosts about 15% of the Turkish manufacturing industry, and Turkey’s one of the cities that contributed to the strong vision to become one of the world’s largest exporter.
With a convenient location to do business with the European market, Kocaeli is handling volume in terms of Turkey’s largest port, and also is the eighth largest port in the European. It’s storage, highways, railways, offers significant logistical advantages in sea and air access.
Kocaeli hosts Automotive Industry Specialized Organized Industrial Area (TOSB) and automotive sector has an important role in the export of Kocaeli. Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan, Honda Turkey and Anadolu Isuzu, such as producers as well as the tire industry, tire cord, Steelcord, plastic, rubber and paint industry are locating in Kocaeli.
Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM), according to information compiled from data, first 4 months of the last year, Kocaeli exported amount of 4 billion 647 million 155 thousand dollars. The same period this year, 16.3% an increase occured with a 5 billion 404 million 210 thousand dollars.
Kocaeli ranked second after Istanbul in the export league and made sales to 178 countries and 12 free zones during this period. 9.8% of the overall exports of the country alone covered by Kocaeli.
Companies engaged in automotive and chemical sectors contributed export of the city with a 4 billion 133 million 105 thousand dollars, which equal to 76.5%.
Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan, Honda’s first export order in the city where the Anadolu Isuzu’s production facility in Turkey and took the automotive industry.
In the period in question, Kocaeli’s automotive exports increased by 2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 2 billion 413 million 856 thousand dollars.
With hosting Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan, Honda Turkey and Anadolu Isuzu’s production facility, automotive industry took the first place of city’s export.