Lift Shows Mark Turkey as International Industry Hub
Eurasia Lift and INELEX were recently held in Istanbul and Izmir.
Eurasia Lift 2016 was held for the second time at the Istanbul CNR Expo Fair Center on April 20-23. The exhibition was organized by ITF-Istanbul Fuarcılık A.Ş., a subsidiary of CNR Holding in cooperation with ASFED (Elevator Industrialists’ Federation) incorporating 11 industry-related associations (most importantly TASIAD), and displayed innovative products. Four hundred brands enjoyed the opportunity to establish new collaborations with both domestic and foreign buyers.
The expo saw the debut of various products, ranging from elevator cabins, automatic door systems and electronic components, to safety systems and accessories. The facility’s modern halls of 30,000 m2 offered equal opportunities for all participants to establish strong relations among the shareholders of the industry.
Exhibitors were satisfied with qualified buyers, noting that almost all the negotiations turned into actual trade activities. Seminars took place throughout the three-day exhibition. Speakers included Dr. Ferhat Çelik of Blain Hydraulics, Mustafa Görmüş of inspection and certification body D Kare Gozetim test Ve Belg. Ltd. Sti., and Erdinç Balcı of TSE. Additionally, a panel on “Elavator Period Control Practices” took place.
A play called “Elevators in Good and Bad Conditions” was performed. Staged by the students of IMMIB Erkan Avcı Vocational-Technical Anatolian High School, the production received huge appreciation and provided the exhibition with a cultural and social quality.
Sixty-five percent of exhibitors taking part in the event visited by 20,393 professionals from 51 countries have already renewed their contracts for the next iteration, scheduled for March 22-25, 2017, again at the Istanbul CNR Expo Fair Center. The location is a 3-hr. flight to all the target countries and within walking distance to International Atatürk Airport, which visitors considered a great convenience.
INELEX 2016 was comprised of 107 companies and held at Fuar Izmir, Turkey’s new fairground, on April 7-10. Visited by 10,300 people, the 10th iteration of the event, nicknamed “Izmir Elevators and Elevator Technologies Exhibition,” included an exhibition of passenger, freight and limited-use/limited-application elevators; escalators; hydraulic elevators; and components. It was organized by Efor Fuarcılık with the support of the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Small and Medium-Sized Industry Development Organization and Aegean Association of Elevator and Escalator Industrialists.
Nuray Eyigele İşleyen, Efor Fuarcılık general manager, explained that the commercial ties established at the fair far exceeded expectations, considering the industry’s current situation. He felt it also created commercial dynamism and surpassed objectives. Emphasizing that it served as a significant summit for the industry, İşleyen stated that the Turkish elevator and escalator industry was reflected in the booths: “The industry has once again proven that domestic manufacturers have adapted themselves to the global economy with their latest technologies and have the power to dominate the developing market.”
Many industry-related professionals from 59 Turkish cities attended INELEX. Their roles included elevator component manufacturers, suppliers and sealers; contractors; architects; engineers; real-estate investors; public administrators; local authorities; building superintendents; and academicians. Representatives from foreign countries, especially purchasing committees, were well represented, as well.
Seminars were held concurrently with the expo and attended by authorities from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology; Turkish Standards Institute; Chamber of Mechanical Engineers; Izmir Chamber of Commerce; Aegean Region Chamber of Industry; Elevator and Escalator Industrialists’ Association; and Aegean Association of Elevator and Escalator Industrialists. Berkay Eriş of the TMMOB Chamber of Mechanical Engineers; electrical engineer Serdar Tavaslıoğlu; İlyas Menderes Büyüklü of the Elevator and Ropeway Branch of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology General Directorate of Industry; Berkay Eriş of the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers; and Nedim Doğan of the Turkish Standards Institute presented. Several panels also discussed the industry’s problems, innovations and future. All drew considerable attention, particularly from technical staff, company owners, architects and engineers.