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Unilever to build a new production plant in Turkey

Istanbul, 23 March 2012 – Unilever is set to invest 100 million USD for a new production plant in Aksaray, in central Turkey. The new plant will increase Unilever’s ice cream brand ‘Algida’ production and is expected to come on stream by May 2013. Source: Invest in Turkey

Posted on 04 April 2012

Danish Bank expansion plans includes Istanbul

Istanbul, 22 March 2012 - Saxo Bank, the Danish specialist in online trading and investment bank, is looking to set up in Turkey. CEO Lars Christensen said “The Turkish market looks very attractive in the coming years, given the country’s impressive growth rate” adding “Saxo Bank has recently opened offices...

Posted on 04 April 2012

Italian bank & financial company applies for new banking license

Istanbul, 21 March 2012 - According to sources in the Board of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey, Intesa Sanpaolo, one of Italy’s largest bank and financial services company, has applied for a new Turkish bank operating license. Intesa Sanpaolo has tried to enter the expanding Turkish banking...

Posted on 31 March 2012

Ford breaks ground for new factory in Turkey

Istanbul, 20 March 2012 - As part of its 1 billion USD investment, Ford Otosan broke ground on its third automotive manufacturing factory at Yenikoy in North West Turkey. Once the factory is completed in 2013 it will be home to a new light commercial vehicle. At the ground breaking...

Posted on 31 March 2012

Turkish Airlines offers more direct flights

Istanbul, 19 March 2012 - Turkish Airlines now offers direct flights to 189 destinations from its hub at Ataturk International Airport Istanbul which 15 more than Lufthansa from its Frankfurt hub. According to the airline tracking portal Anna.aero over the 10 years to 2010 Turkish Airlines tripled the number of...

Posted on 31 March 2012

Turkey’s unemployment down to under 10 percent

Istanbul, 16 March 2012 – According to data recently released by the Turkish Statistical Institute the unemployment rate dropped to 9.8 percent in December 2011. According to the data the number of employed people was 23.6 million in December 2011. Source: Invest in Turkey

Posted on 31 March 2012

Turkey’s FDI reaches 892 million USD in January 2012

Istanbul, 15 March 2012 – According to data recently released by Turkey’s Ministry of Economy, Turkey’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was up over 70 percent in the first month of 2012 (January) compared with the same period in 2011. The January figure reached 892 million USD which included 150 million...

Posted on 31 March 2012

All Turkish students to get free tablet PCs

Istanbul, 13 March 2012 - Turkey’s new education project to provide every elementary school student with tablet PCs and all classrooms with electronic boards should create a market of over 7 billion USD over the next 4 years according to Nihat Ergun, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology. Called...

Posted on 13 March 2012

French company buys shares in Turkish airport operator

Istanbul, 12 March 2012 – Owners of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport operator, TAV Airports, has sold 38% to the French airport operator, French Aeroports de Paris, The total deal is worth over 870 million USD. TAV operates 10 airports, four in Turkey (Istanbul Ataturk, Izmir, Ankara and Gazipasa), two in Georgia,...

Posted on 12 March 2012

Microsoft COO says “..Turkey is doing a good job…”

Istanbul, 9 March 2012 - According to Kevin Turner, Microsoft Chief Operations Officer, Turkey has great potential. On a recent visit to Istanbul Turner said “Turkey’s potential as one of the fastest growing economies is well-recognized around the world. Microsoft Turkey is doing a good job in assisting Turkey’s growth...

Posted on 09 March 2012