With its partner Salcomp, the global smartphone giant Xiaomi has opened its Istanbul-Avcılar plant today, where it has started test production in February 2021. Providing employment for 2,000 people, the Chinese-Finn partnership will produce 5 million smartphones a year at the new USD 30 million worth plant.
Delivering a video message at the opening ceremony President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “Turkey provides major opportunities for international investors with its diverse labor force and strategic location. Being at the crossroads of Europe, Russia and the Middle East markets, Turkey is moving confidently towards being a production base for smart phone manufacturers."
The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır and Investment Office Head of Department Furkan Karayaka.
“As the Investment Office, we welcome every value-added investment into our country. It is very important for us to increase such high-tech investments in order to strengthen our industry's place in the global value chain," said Furkan Karayaka during his speech.
Turkey is the fourth destination worldwide after China, India and Indonesia, where Xiaomi makes production.