Building bridges: opportunities in Turkey

Turkey is often described as the bridge between Europe and Asia. Despite overuse, Anna Mitchell discovers that the phrase does much to explain how the country’s geographic position has shaped attitudes and business opportunities.

Turkey has a formidable construction industry that, whilst enjoying healthy domestic opportunities, is notable for its activities abroad.

One of its main strengths, according to Görkem Çelikbilek, vice president of Turkish integrator and distributor Asimetrik, is that many of the countries surrounding Turkey have rich governments but lack sizable construction companies.

“Countries such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia have weak internal construction markets but many development projects,” he says. “Turkish construction companies are very powerful so will often be subcontracted to deliver a project. They put out tenders for elements of these projects within Turkey and Turkish AV integrators benefit.

“We are operating in close to ten countries now including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Lybia and Dubai,” he adds.

Despite strong interests abroad, Asimetrik’s core body of work is generated within Turkey and, as one of only a handful of sizable Turkish integrators, its work spans almost every vertical sector in the country.

Çelikbilek says having recently taken on Meyer Sound and Digico the company is looking to increase its activities in the rental market.

To learn more about Asimetrik and the Turkish market read the full article in InAVate EMEA digital edition.

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