MAN began operations in Turkey in 1966 via the MANAŞ (MAN Kamyon ve Otobüs Sanayi A.Ş.) partnership, which was established between the Ercanlar Company and MAN Truck & Bus. The plant in Istanbul was MAN's first production plant outside of Germany. 1967 saw the first trucks rolling off the line, with buses following in 1968. The first exports of MAN vehicles from Turkey was in 1981 to countries in the Middle East, including Egypt, Kuwait, Syria and Lebanon.
In the 80's, the company established the MAN Engine factory in Ankara, which in addition to engines, also began producing buses in 1985. MAN Truck & Bus acquired complete administrative and industrial management of MANAŞ in 1995, and the engine factory was purchased in 1996. All bus production was transferred from Istanbul to Ankara, and all production facilities were incorporated in Ankara under the new name MAN Türkiye A.Ş. (MAN Turkey).
MAN Turkey developed the MAN and NEOPLAN branded intercity buses and coaches at its giant 317,000-square-meter production center in Akyurt, Ankara. Through the “Evolution 2004" project, in a bid to increase productivity, the Ankara factory reached a capacity of 2,000 buses per year. Today it is MAN's largest bus production facility.
MAN Turkey completed its R&D center in 2012, which brought the design, test, and analysis groups under a single roof. Numerous development projects have been implemented recently, lending strength to the company in the long-term competitive environment.
MAN Turkey's investments and major developments in recent years have had an noticeable effect on quality and efficiency. The company decided that production of NEOPLAN – one of the world's premium bus brands – will take place only at MAN Turkey's plant in Ankara.
MAN Kamyon ve Otobüs Ticaret A.Ş.
MAN Kamyon ve Otobüs Ticaret A.Ş carries out sales and after-sales services for MAN-branded buses and trucks and NEOPLAN-branded buses. The company is continuously raising its level of success in sales and marketing activities primarily through 18 dealers and 6 MAN TopUsed Centers across Turkey. MAN Kamyon ve Otobüs Ticaret A.Ş. strives to give the best after-sales service through 32 service centers and plaza buildings, all while growing market share and striving for high customer satisfaction.
Some significant firsts by MAN in Turkey
1966: A factory was established in Istanbul, making it the first production plant outside of Germany.
1967: The first MAN-branded truck rolled off the production line in Istanbul.
1981: MAN Turkey made its first exports.
1986: MAN manufactured the first articulated bus in Turkey.
1995: Production was incorporated in Akyurt facilities in Ankara.
1999: MAN manufactured the first long-distance bus with three axles in Turkey.
2006: MAN manufactured the first bus powered by natural gas in Turkey.
2011: MAN opened the largest cathode electro-painting plant in Europe.
2012: MAN opened its R&D center.
2014: Decision taken to produce all NEOPLAN models in Turkey.
2015: World launch held for MAN Lion's Intercity model designed and produced in Ankara.
The MAN Group is one of Europe's leading commercial vehicle and mechanical engineering groups. MAN is a supplier of trucks, buses, vans, diesel engines, turbomachinery, and special gear units and focuses on activities in the areas of transportation and energy - market segments that offer long-term, global opportunities. MAN's business activities are grouped into two business areas: Commercial Vehicles, comprising MAN Truck & Bus and MAN Latin America, and Power Engineering, featuring MAN Diesel & Turbo and Renk.
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