Papendrecht, Netherlands, 12-6-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Fokker Elmo, a business unit of Fokker Technologies, has officially opened its new 8,000 m2 manufacturing facility for aerospace and defense electrical interconnection systems in the Aegean Free Zone in Izmir Turkey. Manufacturing in Izmir since 2008, Fokker Elmo’s newest facility now employs 275 highly qualified staff supported by the proprietary integrated Wiring Design and Manufacturing System (WDMS).
The Governor of Izmir, Dutch ambassador of Turkey, representatives of the Turkish Ministry of Defense and customers attended the opening. The Aegean Free Zone in Izmir was also the location for the original Fokker Elmo Turkey facility, selected in 2007 due to the favourable environment for international companies. The excellent cooperation with the Under Secretariat for Defence (SSM) has positively influenced the choice for Turkey and Izmir. Fokker Elmo customers AgustaWestland, Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have been closely involved and very supportive from the start of this strategıc establishment .
Over the last 6 years, Fokker Elmo Turkey has successfully built its capabilities and activities into what is now a mature company which has outgrown its original facility. The new facility enables further growth to more than 400 employees in the next five years and optimizes operations to support current and future customers. At the end of January 2014, a very successful complete relocation to the new facility took place, enabling Fokker Elmo Turkey to further enhance its activities in Manufacturing, Engineering and Supply Chain Management.
Tim Hayter, President of Fokker Elmo, said: “This represents the next and exciting phase in the further development of Fokker Elmo Turkey, on which we can continue to build in the years to come. Driven by an excellent team, we now have a state-of-the-art custom designed facility that is an essential part of our drive for customer excellence”.