Görkem Alapala (Member of the Board of Directors of DESMÜD),Mustafa Varank (Minister of Industry and Technology), Zeki Demirtaşoğlu (Chairman of DESMÜD), and Esat Arber (Arber Tourism and Consultancy Company - Founder)
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A delegation from the Milling Machinery Manufacturers Association (DESMUD) headed by Mr Zeki Demirtasoglu, Chairman of the Board of Directors and accompanying delegation consisting of Mr Gorkem Alapala, Member of the Board of Directors, Mr Halil Ibrahim Gormus, Secretary General and Mr Esat Arber, founder of Arber Tourism and Consultancy Company, met with the Minister of Industry and Technology H.E. Mr. Mustafa Varank at his office in Ankara, Turkey.

The meeting held in an intimate environment focused on the role of the DESMUD in the success of the milling machinery sector and its growing contribution of generated value added domestically. Mr Demirtasoglu highlighted that by this contribution they have made to the Turkish economy and exports, the sector has been able to compete with the countries that produce high-tech thanks to the investments made in R&D and innovation by the members of the association.

In 2018 DESMÜD and the Ministry of National Education signed a protocol in order to solve the shortage of qualified labour in the sector. Chairman Demirtaşoğlu stated that they are expecting support from the Minister for future projects of DESMÜD.

Mr Gorkem Alapala, Member of the Board of Directors, stated that the sector has successfully managed to carry the brand values of the sector companies abroad with the investments made at home and abroad. He mentioned an example of his own company, Alapala Machine Industry & Trade Inc. founded in 1954, which made a strategic partnership agreement with Satake Corporation in 2015 in order to combine their expertise, resources, experiences and sales networks.

Mr Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, stated that they closely follow the growing numbers of the sectorial output and that as the Ministry, and that they will fully support Turkish Milling Machinery Manufacturers efforts in order to increase their global competitiveness and declared that they will follow the sector activities more closely in the following process.

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