Amer­i­can au­to­mo­tive firm WABCO opens first dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Turkey

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

BEL­GIUM-BASED U.S. com­pany WABCO Hold­ings, one of the lead­ing global sup­pli­ers of brak­ing con­trol sys­tems and other ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies that im­prove the safety, ef­fi­ciency and con­nec­tiv­ity of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, yes­ter­day of­fi­cially opened its first dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Turkey.

Sources said that the cen­ter has been es­tab­lished with an in­vest­ment of TL 100 mil­lion ($16.67 mil­lion).

“Un­der­lin­ing WABCO’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to Turkey and its sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the re­gion, the 2,000-square-me­ter, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity based in Is­tan­bul en­hances the dis­tri­bu­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties for WABCO’s ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices to sup­port the needs of lo­cal af­ter­mar­ket cus­tomers, orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and trailer builders in the coun­try,” the com­pany said in a state­ment.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, In­vest­ment Of­fice Pres­i­dent Arda Er­mut said that WABCO’s in­vest­ment proves the com­pany’s trust in the Turk­ish econ­omy. “We have al­ready started to dis­cuss with WABCO its new in­vest­ments in Turkey. It will be very im­por­tant to boost our com­pet­i­tive­ness and added value in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor,” Er­mut said.

The com­pany added that it has main­tained a 36-year re­la­tion­ship with In­ter­mo­bil, its ex­clu­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tive, fourth­party lo­gis­tics provider and sup­ply chain man­age­ment part­ner in Turkey, and will fur­ther build its lo­cal cus­tomer re­la­tion­ships through im­proved prod­uct avail­abil­ity, quicker re­sponse times and lo­cal cus­tomer ser­vice ex­cel­lence.

“Present in Turkey since 1982, WABCO has forged deep re­la­tion­ships across the Turk­ish com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try, which in­cludes some of the world’s lead­ing orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers,” it added.

WABCO’s in­vest­ment in Turkey has grown sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years, the state­ment read. “In 2011, WABCO opened an In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing and Pur­chas­ing Of­fice in Is­tan­bul which cur­rently pur­chases over $50 mil­lion of com­modi­ties an­nu­ally, rang­ing from met­als to rub­ber and cast­ing to forg­ing, as well as assem­bly parts sourced from over 20 Turk­ish sup­pli­ers.”

The new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter was in­au­gu­rated yes­ter­day at a grand open­ing event, hosted by WABCO Chair­man and CEO Jac­ques Es­culier. Cus­tomers, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, cen­tral gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, sup­pli­ers, part­ners and WABCO em­ploy­ees were present on the oc­ca­sion.

“Demon­strat­ing our com­mit­ment to Turkey and build­ing on our ma­jor $50 mil­lion an­nual ex­pen­di­tures here, we strongly be­lieve that our in­vest­ment in this cut­ting-edge dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter will help fur­ther con­trib­ute to the growth of the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­dus­try in the re­gion,” said WABCO Chief Sup­ply Chain Of­fi­cer Nico­las Bar­dot, at the open­ing cer­e­mony. “In ad­di­tion to en­abling WABCO to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease ac­cess to our ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of ad­vanced prod­ucts and ser­vices to our af­ter­mar­ket cus­tomers and trailer builders in Turkey, these in­vest­ments will help fos­ter even closer re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal sup­pli­ers to de­liver fur­ther value creation and dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion for our cus­tomers,” added WABCO pres­i­dent EMEA Nick Rens.

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