The World’s Construction Machinery Industry Gathers in Turkey

For five days at the beginning of May, Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, played host to the global construction machinery industry. The occasion was the 14th edition of Komatek, the biennial International Construction Machinery, Technology and Equipment Trade Fair which took place from the 6-10 May 2015 at the Ataturk Culture Center, Ankara.
Supported by IMDER – The Turkish Construction Machinery Distributors and Manufacturers Association, whose 37 members account for 96% of the country’s sector, exhibitors at Komatek 2015 occupied an area of more than 61,291 net square metres, an increase of 15% over the previous edition. A record 505 suppliers coming from 25 countries, took this opportunity to display a comprehensive range of their latest products to professional buyers and operators from Turkey, Eurasia, Balkans, CIS, Middle East and North Africa.
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Indeed the list of exhibitors at Komatek 2015 read like a who’s who of the global construction machinery and equipment industry with 9 out of the World’s top 10 manufacturers exhibiting. Amongst those promoting their equipment at Komatek 2015 were international heavy weights such as Caterpillar, Demag, Doosan, Grove, Hitachi, JCB, Kawasaki, Komatsu, Liebherr, Merlo, Mitsubishi, Sany, Sigma, Sumitomo, Terex, Volvo, XCMG, Zoomlion, who were joined by leading Turkish manufacturers including Cukurova, Enka, E-Mak, Hidromek, Mastaş (Sanko), Nace, Pi Makina and many more. In a first for Komatek, this year’s event also welcomed a sizeable pavilion from China organised by the China Construction Machinery Association (CCMA).
Over 32,000 trade professionals visited Komatek 2015 many with the specific intention to view, compare and procure items of machinery and equipment on display. With initial figures indicating an impressive 300% increase in the level of international buyer attendance, it highlights Komatek is now established as an event serving the wider region and not just Turkey’s robust domestic market. Early feedback from exhibitors has confirmed the high quality of the audience with future orders worth many millions of US$ expected to be signed as a result of their participation at the show.
Commenting on the success of Komatek 2015, Mr. Levent Baykal, CEO of the organiser SADA Uzmanlik Fuarlari, said “Komatek is not only one of the world’s largest such events but also one of the fastest growing and this year’s event is a clear demonstration of the international construction industry’s confidence in future opportunities across the region.” He went onto say “Currently the major restriction on Komatek’s future growth is the lack of suitable venue space in Ankara but there are positive signs that this will be rectified before the next edition which will take place in May 2017.”