Mumbai: Mercedes-Benz Türk recently celebrated the production milestones of 100,000 trucks and 50,000 buses. The company that commenced operations in 1967 with 73 employees is today Turkey's largest manufacturer of trucks and buses, employing 4,500 people.
Mercedes-Benz Türk has dominated the Turkish bus market for more than 40 years and currently has a market share of 61.8 per cent for travel coaches and 26.1 per cent for city buses. For the past six years, Mercedes-Benz Türk has also been the market leader for trucks over six tonnes, with a current market share of 30.6 per cent.
At a ceremony to celebrate the achievement, Harald Landmann, head of Daimler Buses, presented the 50,000th bus, a Mercedes-Benz Travego, to Sakarya VIB, one of the largest bus operators in Turkey. The 100,000th truck, a Mercedes-Benz Axor, was presented to Marti Container Services, one of Turkey's leading logistics companies, with headquarters in Istanbul and Izmir.
Mercedes-Benz Türk's production locations in Hosdere and Aksaray are key components of Daimler AG's development and production network.
The vehicles manufactured at these sites are exported to more than 70 countries, including many in Western Europe. The company currently exports 40 per cent of the trucks it produces and even 78 per cent of the buses.
Since its inception, Mercedes-Benz Türk has also made a major contribution to Turkey's economic development. The company is now not only Turkey's number one exporter of commercial vehicles, but also one of the largest capital investors in the country.
To ensure that it can continue to meet customer demands, the company is focusing its efforts on increasing the efficiency of its production processes and on enhancing the quality and sophistication of its products.