2018 Productivity Awards


2018 Productivity Awards Ceremony, which has been organized by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate for Productivity, was held in 18 December 2018. Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Deputy Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacır, AKP Manisa MP Semra Kaplan Kıvırcık, General Director of Industry and Productivity Dr. Halil İbrahim Çetin, President of KOSGEB (Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization) Prof. Dr. Cevahir Uzkurt, President of Abdullah Gül University Prof. Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu, President of İskenderun Technical University Prof. Dr. Türkay Dereli and President of Ankara University Institute of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Mehmet Barca have attended the ceremony. After the opening speeches of Minister Mustafa Varank and General Director Halil İbrahim Çetin, gave the successful students ranking in ‘Productivity Themed Idea and Short Film Contest’ their awards.

In his speech, Minister Varank underlined the importance of activities that create awareness in society about productivity and mentioned the cooperation between Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Industry and Technology. He celebrated the students for their interest in productivity and for their successful and distinctive projects that are encouraging for the future. He stated that efficient use of information technologies gives way to innovative, productive and unique ideas.

After addressing the important developments in high value-added production objective of Turkey, Varank pointed out the strength of defence industry in national production. In addition to defence industry, he talked about substantial improvements in national industry with respect to aviation, space and renewable energy carried out by successful enterprises. Laying emphasis on the fact that productivity determines international competition, he indicated that sustainable development becomes possible with productivity. He said that productivity should be the common ground for every Turkish citizen.

Varank reminded that cheap labour is the only way for the producers still using traditional production methods to compete against the rivals. He stressed the requirement for digital transformation with respect to productivity of the enterprises and said that we should use our human resources, natural resources and knowledge production capacity in order to create multiplier effect in qualitative and quantitative ways for productivity growth. Minister Varank indicated that the firms have to increase their capacity in terms of enhancement of production processes, energy efficiency, institutionalization, labour force qualifications, product design, marketing and branding.

In his speech, General Director of Industry and Productivity Dr. Halil İbrahim Çetin stated that the purpose of this organization was to increase awareness in society about productivity. He pointed out the significance of productivity in global competition. He said that both in production factors and production process enterprises have to take into account resource efficiency. Çetin underlined that R&D and digital transformation play the key role for increasing production efficiency in industrial enterprises. He added that structural transformation of industry is required for increasing total factor productivity in Turkey.


Turkey’s first ‘Competence and Digital Transformation Centre - Model Factory’ founded with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) and Sincan 1st Organized Industrial Zone. The purpose of the centre is to increase productivity in SME’s and to accelerate digital transformation in industry. The centre would bring a new perspective to Turkish industry in terms of offering theory, practice and experience and give contribution to lean production and digital transformation studies in the enterprises.

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank opened the centre in Ankara Sincan 1st Organized Industrial Zone I in 12 December 2018. In his opening speech, he said that the number of these centres would be 10 in Turkey by 2020. He emphasized the importance of digital transformation and lean production in industry for national and global competition. He indicated that lean production aims for production with minimum cost, time and waste by increasing labour efficiency. He added that waste reduction, lower production costs, continuous improvement, increased labour efficiency and just in time production are basic principles of lean production.

Varank pointed out that main concern is to open 10 competence and digital transformation centres in Turkey by 2020. He underlined that opening of this centre is an important step towards digital transformation of our industry to increase productivity. Indicating that technology has a profound effect in forming and transforming everyday life, consumption habits and production models, he reminded the significance of technology production. He added that the rules of competition and resource efficiency are defined by technological trends and the winners of this age would be the ones that quickly adapt these trends to production process in an effective way. Stating that there is no obstacle for Turkey to be a winner, he spoke about the vision of ‘national technology, powerful industry’. He said that productivity, digital transformation, high value added production and regional development form the roadmap of Turkey to attain this vision.

After the opening ceremony, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, President of Ankara Chamber of Industry Nurettin Özdebir and Governor of Ankara Vasip Şahin visited the centre and had a conversation with the staff. The director of the centre Ufuk Kaya gave information about the studies of the centre.

In the first phase, the centre provides opportunities to firms in discrete manufacturing by means of its expert technical staff, modern machinery and equipment infrastructure. In the course of time, infrastructure of the centre would be empowered to involve continuous manufacturing and digital transformation implementations.

Turkey’s first competence and digital transformation centre has participative management perspective that embraces public sector, private sector, universities and non-governmental organizations. Management of the centre adopts common sense approach in decision-making mechanisms to take action in a fast and efficient way. The objective of the centre is to keep up with current technological developments and update the schedule of training programs according to the requirements of the firms.

Theoretical and practical training programs, learn-transform program, university-industry collaboration projects, product and system development training programs are going to be organized in the centre. From the beginning of the project, universities and industrial enterprises worked together and formed the program in an efficient and cooperative way. Vocational training high schools founded in organized industrial zone are important because there is a lack of labour force in industry with respect to those positions. The students that educated in these schools would be a solution for industrial demands and requirements. On the other hand, students from vocational high schools have the opportunity to participate in training programmes that mentioned above. By this means, the students would benefit from this experience in internship and working life.

Senior management of 50 firms were given briefing about Competence and Digital Transformation Centre Model Factory before official launch of the centre. The firms carrying out activities in many sectors such as white goods, plastic, automotive, furniture, food, metal and cast provided feedback for the curriculum of the training program. A demonstration program is going to be carried out for the firms in OSTİM and Akyurt to create awareness about the centre with in the forthcoming weeks. In the first week of January, representatives from the committee of Ankara Chamber of Industry will be invited to the centre. A presentation would be shown about the impact of lean production on productivity with concrete implementations to the audience. The influence of the centre would not be limited to Ankara, the centre would give contribution to nearby cities as well.