I would like to begin with a New Year wish. May this new year bring new hopes. This year has been very difficult for everyone. The lubricants industry has had its share of these difficulties. In particular, the Turkish lubricants industry had more difficulties in the last quarter. The Turkish lubricants industry, which is mainly dependent on imports for production, was crushed under the burden of costs with the rising exchange rate. In the last month, with the peak of exchange rate fluctuations, the industry has lost its ability to arrange finances. We hope that 2022 will be a year of stability.
Turkey recorded an increase in lubricants consumption again in the last quarter. The market is closing the year with growth despite all challenges.
Ustaya Özel ( Made for Mechanics) application developed by Total Energies Turkey Pazarlama for vehicle maintenance and repair mechanics in Turkey was awarded in the Best- in- Brand Experience and Activation category at the Felis Awards. You can read about the benefits of the application and its importance for the industry in our interview with Fırat Dokur, TotalEnergies Turkey Marketing and Technology Director.
We reviewed 2021 with Ayhan Köksal,
Castrol Turkey Ukraine and Central Asia Director, and discussed how the year was for the Castrol brand both in Turkey and in the world.
In this issue's corner post, Umut Arslan gave information about hydraulic systems and shared the criteria to be considered in the selection of hydraulic oils. Umut Arslan drew attention to the points that were overlooked or ignored in the selection of hydraulic oils, except for certain parameters.
With the COP26 held in Glasgow, the countries of the world determined their future steps and set new targets. In the Glasgow
Consensus for Zero Emission Vehicles signed by 33 countries, 40 cities, 11 vehicle manufacturers and 27 fleet- owning organizations, including Turkey, our industry's part are discussed by Prof. Dr. Filiz Karaosmanoğlu in her corner post.
Enjoy reading this year's last issue. I wish you all a happy and healthy year.
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