Konya, which has been on the main trade routes – including the famous Silk Road – since early historical times, has been known mainly for its agriculture as well as its wealth of archaeology. However, recent developments show that Konya’s image is changing from that of an agricultural region to an industrialised one. This is driven by new investments as well as the impetus coming from traditional agriculture.
In the early days of the young Turkish republic, Konya was a closed economy, limited to the confines of the city. In those days, it had only a handful artisans and small businesses. Once public investments were made in Konya, the city began to prosper rapidly. An early sign of industrialisation was the production of agricultural machinery. These products, made mostly in small workshops and factories, were sold not only locally, but in Turkey’s other agricultural regions.
During the 1970s, Konya experienced a development campaign in every area of business. Following early investments in food-related industries (such as flour, macaroni, candies, feed and so on), other factories have followed suit. Today, there are medium to large-sized factories in the vegetable oil, rubber, plastics, shoe manufacturing and other sectors.
Now almost self-sufficient, to ensure an integrated industrial base, Konya’s industries utilise up-to-date technology and machinery. For example, its paper packaging and printing factories produce a variety of products up to European standards. Considerable development has also been achieved in the casting of iron and other metals, machinery and agricultural machinery production and in the automotive sector.
Aluminium plants are the pride of Konya. The establishment of a basic production plant in Seydisehir helped the development of aluminum processing industries around the main manufacturing area and there a number of private rolling mills catering for national and international customers.
In Konya, every conceivable piece of machinery can be made by the region’s experienced designers and producers. Among the province’s best-selling machinery are flour-processing mills; hydraulic and mechanical presses for metal processing industries; engine repair and renovation mills; and giant hydraulic presses.
The machinery produced in Konya matches the quality level of its European competitors, and machines produced in the region have been sold in Middle Eastern, African and European countries.
The producers of agricultural machinery in Konya were proud to be the first to export their products successfully – 45% of Turkey’s agricultural machinery and equipment exports come from Konya producers.
Konya Organised Industrial Zone (KOS), which is the most suitable environment for investment, gives investors many advantages via its state-of-the-art infrastructure, well-trained and competitively priced workforce, synergy with one of Turkey’s largest universities and the dedicated expertise of the Konya Chamber of Industry to provide customised services for your needs. In KOS there are 244 active industrial enterprises and 17,000 employees in the food, textiles, forestry, paper, printing, reserved rubber, leather, rubber, plastics, chemicals, double glass, iron and steel, metals other than iron, metalware, machinery working (with and without electricity), agricultural machinery, electronics and automotive parts sectors.
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Additionally, Turkey is without doubt the country whose automobile sector is the closest to that of Europe. It is the only country in the Mediterranean region with a completely integrated industry.
Automotive parts production occupies a special position in Konya. Over and above the sub-contracting activities, companies that place large orders for private vehicles (such as Renault, Fiat, Toyota, Hyundai and Honda) and those for commercial and industrial vehicles (such as Ford, Mercedes Benz and Iveco) all have assembly plants here. In 2002, 346,565 vehicles were produced in Turkey, a rise of 28% on 2001 (270,685 units), proof of the country’s attractiveness.
The automobile sector is one of the pillars of the Turkish economy. It employs some 500,000 people and brings together more than 1000 businesses. Assembly operations, which were initially aimed at the local market and protected by customs barriers, have experienced gradual but consistent growth in local integration. Since then, the Turkish automobile industry has lived through a period of rapid change to become a production centre to the world.
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KONYA FACT FILE:
Population: 2,217,969; 1,314,146 in the centre
Area: 38,257 square kilometres
Konya-Antalya (port): 325km
Konya-Mersin (port): 348km
Direct trains to Istanbul and Izmir ports and railway to Mersin port.
Distances to ports by rail:
Mersin 400 km
Iskenderun 518 km
Izmir 684 km
Derince 652 km
Samsun 1000 km
Bandirma 719 km