Kocaeli, Turkey's second largest industrial center after Istanbul, at the juncture of highways rail roads and sea routes connecting Europe with Anatolia and the Middle East, accounts for 15.4% of the country's foreign trade volume.
Chairman of Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce Ayhan Zeytinoglu told AA that the city which lies 90 kms outside Istanbul is one of the most important centers of Anatolia.
He said the city was home to 38 sea ports and was at a 130kms distance from Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport and only 45kms from the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.
Zeytinoglu said the city accounts for 14% of Turkey's total industrial output.
Exports from the city amounted to 11 billion USD in 2009 while the imports to the city totalled 26.6 billion USD.
A total of 2,200 companies are based in the city and 153 of them are foreign investments, said Zeytinoglu.
Major companies who have facilities in the city are Ford Automotive, Unilever, Turk Pirelli, Goodyear, Hyundai, Honda, Areva T&D Energy, Ipragaz and Frito Lay.
Zeytinoglu said automotive industry is one of the rising sectors of the city.
"Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Isuzu, are automotive companies that have investments in the region. Also tyre companies like Good Year, Pirelli, Brisa and Ozka are based in the city," said Zeytinoglu.
He said 27.2 percent of Turkey's total automotive production in 2009 was made in Kocaeli.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ağustos 2010, 17:34