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Top International Companies with Bases In Turkey

CCI’s Turkey operation produces, distributes, and sells sparkling and still beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in Turkey. Having first started in 1964, Coca-Cola bottling operations in Turkey were combined under the single roof of Coca-Cola İçecek A.Ş. in 2002.

Turkey operation, which also hosts CCI’s headquarters in Istanbul, serves a consumer base of 80 million with 10 plants and more than 2.500 employees across Turkey. Its product portfolio comprises 25 brands under 5 categories that include juices, waters, sports and energy drinks, teas, and iced teas, as well as sparkling beverages.

​​​​​​​Automotive sector giant, the Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, US. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles, and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company, and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 194,000 people worldwide, while over 10,000 employees are located in Turkey. The company operates in three different locations: the Gölcük and Yeniköy factories in Kocaeli, the İnönü factory in Eskişehir, the Spare Part Distribution Center and R&D Center in İstanbul-Sancaktepe.

Ford Otosan was established as Turkey’s first automotive company in 1959 and manufactured the first Turkish automobile, Anadol, in 1969. It also produced Turkey’s first domestic diesel engine ERK, in 1986, further reinforcing its position as the leader of the domestic automotive industry in 2009, after becoming the first company to export vehicles from Turkey to the Americas.

The company’s Kocaeli factories enjoy many logistical advantages, including proximity to the sub-industry facilities and having its port facilities. These advantages ensure low-cost and flexible manufacturing potential, while also enabling the company to execute a large-scale export program. Ford Otosan exports vehicles, parts, and engineering to 94 countries across five continents, and since 2004 it ranks among the three Turkish companies with the highest exports. Moreover, for the last four years, the company has been the export champion of Turkey and for the last eight years export champion of its sector.

​​​​​China's Huawei started its activities in Turkey with offices in Ankara and Istanbul back in 2002. Huawei Turkey, as it stands today, employs a total of 1,500 people, more than 85 percent of whom are Turkish. Huawei Turkey combines three significant operations in its Istanbul office: an R&D Center, a Training Center, and a Customer Solutions & Integration Experience Center (CSIC). Celebrating its 15th anniversary in Turkey in 2017, Huawei reigns as one of the world's leading information and communication technologies (ICT) solution providers.

Huawei Turkey is a major contributor to Turkey's thriving ICT industry, supplying a pool of qualified experts to the local market on top of its innovations and product offerings. Since its launch in 2008, Huawei Academy in Turkey has been providing training programs in Turkish, English, and Russian in 11 countries. Its services are on offer to the entire Central Asian region as well as a growing roster of interested countries including Azerbaijan, Albania, Georgia, and Belarus in addition to Turkey – where its technology base resides with an ever-developing infrastructure and growing personnel.

Huawei's Istanbul branch launched its on-premises R&D Center in 2009, and since then has seen it grow to be Huawei's largest R&D center abroad. Huawei allocates 14 percent of its total annual income to R&D globally, with its R&D center in Turkey having already received over USD 120 million in total funding since its establishment and which is now receiving upwards of USD 20 million of continuing investments annually.

The Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 and has production plants in South Korea, Turkey, the US, China, India, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Brazil. Hyundai sells vehicles in almost 200 countries and is the 5th largest carmaker in the world in terms of production and sales.

Hyundai first entered Turkey in 1990. In 1995, following robust demand and high sales, the company established a factory in Izmit and started mass production in July 1997. The plant has an annual production capacity of 245,000 vehicles and is located on 1 million square meters of land in the Alikahya region of the northwestern Anatolian province of Kocaeli. 700,000 square meters is allocated for the factory and 108,000 square meters are devoted to production activities.

​​​​​​​​Nestlé, one of the most established companies in Turkey, entered the Turkish market in 1909. After opening its first sales office in Karakoy, Nestlé opened its first chocolate factory in Ferikoy in 1927. In the following years, Nestlé continued to “break new grounds" with the new categories it created within the food industry and to be the pioneer of innovations.

Today, Nestlé's operations in Turkey are based in a total of two factories, including the multi-production site in Karacabey-Bursa and Kestel-Bursa. Nestlé produces 92 percent of the products it sells [in Turkey] in Turkey, and offers more than 800 products and around 50 brands in two different categories.

Japan-based Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the leading automakers in the world and, together with its subsidiaries, produces a full range of models - from compact cars to large trucks. During 2018, global sales of Toyota and Lexus brands, combined with those of Daihatsu and Hino, totaled 10.59 million units on a retail basis. In addition to several manufacturing subsidiaries and affiliates, Toyota has 66 manufacturing companies in a total of 29 countries and locations that produce Lexus and Toyota branded vehicles and components. Toyota employs around 365,000 people worldwide on a consolidated basis, and markets vehicles in more than 170 countries and locations.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (Toyota Turkey) is one of Toyota's top vehicle production bases in Europe. Located in the northwestern Anatolian province of Sakarya, Toyota Turkey currently manufactures the C-HR and Corolla models. Since 2002, Toyota Turkey’s accumulated exports have totaled USD 37 billion. Toyota Turkey’s cumulative production to date is over 2 million units, and more than 90 percent of its production is allocated for exports to nearly 150 countries. These include Western and Eastern European countries, as well as Middle Eastern, North African, and Central Asian countries and North American countries including the US. Today, with its annual production capacity of 280,000 units, Toyota Turkey is the largest production plant of Toyota in Europe and is also one of the largest automotive manufacturers and exporters in Turkey.

Turkey's geographical location with its young, disciplined, and capable workforce, has made the country the right place for Toyota’s investments. Toyota is pleased to have invested in Turkey and will continue to produce and export high-quality products. The company’s production and number of employees have scaled in line with increasing investments. Toyota Turkey has invested USD 2.27 billion since its establishment, and currently has over 5,500 employees. 10 percent of the employees speak Japanese, while the majority of the office employees speak English.