Of the 22,745 tractors produced by TürkTraktör in 2019, 15,207 units, or two-thirds, were exported, according to a Jan. 19 report in Daily Sabah Automotive.
The report goes on to say that TürkTraktör manufactures four out of every five tractors produced in the country. The company currently produces tractors for New Holland, Case IH and Steyr. It began production in 1979 and exports its equipment to more than 130 countries.
Underlining the rapid decline in the domestic sales, General Manager Aykut Özüner said the company sold nearly 73,000 tractors in 2017, 48,000 in 2018 and 25,000-26,000 in 2019. The company exported 14,500 tractors in 2018 and 15,207 in 2019.
“We export the most to the Americas. In Europe, we send tractors to countries like Germany and Poland. We also export significantly to our neighbor Iraq. We are stepping into 2020 more positively. We show growth in exports over the years. Our goal is to raise the bar a little bit higher this year," he added.
Özüner said that government support for farmers and the recent decline in loan interest rates will bring motivation to the agricultural sector, so 2020 will be a year of growth for them. "Our growth in exports started two years ago with the last emission-level engines we commissioned. We started to sell to Europe and America in much higher quantities … 2020 will be a year of growth for us in the agricultural sector as well as in construction machinery.”