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Ankara Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aerospace (ICDDA) to be the Starting Point of Collaborations that will Mark the New Era

by MSI

Organised biannually by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) with the support of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Turkey, ICDDA is preparing to open its doors on 13–15 October for the fifth time. The event will contribute to the defence and aerospace ecosystem by hosting new collaborations, as in previous years. The foundations of the collaborations to be established in the post-COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease) period are expected to be laid at ICDDA 2020.

ICDDA 2020, for which MSI TDR is the Official Publication and Media Partner, will be held at the Hacettepe University Beytepe Congress Centre. The event will bring together prime contractors and decision-makers in the sector with (SMEs), offering its participants the opportunity to:

  • engage in B2B meetings;
  • improve existing business relationships;
  • create new business relationships; and
  • address the problems encountered by the sector and to propose solutions.

Panels and B2B Meetings

ICDDA 2020 will host panels to be moderated by experienced names in many areas, such as civil aviation, land-naval-air systems, homeland security technologies and supply chain development. These panels will be held with the participation of over 2,000 people, including military, defence and commercial attachés to Turkey, public officials, end users, and company representatives from Turkey and abroad. In the panels, sectoral innovations, as well as the problems faced by the sector and their solutions will be discussed. In addition, scheduled B2B meetings will be organised between exhibitors and purchasing delegations.

ICDDA 2018, organised by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA), has hosted many prominent names from Turkey and abroad, including Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries of the Republic of Turkey.

260 Companies from 60 Countries Attended ICDDA 2018

The fourth outing of ICDDA, which was held on 23–25 October, 2018, hosted 260 companies from 60 countries. Furthermore, 5,700 registered B2B meetings were held during the event, which was attended by representatives of many international organisations and companies, including Airbus, the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan, BAE Systems, the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Boeing, the Brazilian Air Force, CERN, Dassault Systems, International Group for Security and Safety (IGSS) Kuwait, Korea Aerospace Industries, Leonardo, the Qatar Armed Forces, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Mexico Femia, NATO/NSPA, Navantia, the Pakistan Air Force, PTC, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Stelia, Ukroboronprom, Thales and thyssenkrupp. In addition, prime contractors from Turkey, including ASELSAN, Baykar, BMC, FNSS, HAVELSAN, Kale Aero, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK), Otokar, Roketsan, STM, Turkish Aerospace, TEI and Turkish Technic also participated at ICDDA 2018. The Turkish organisations that took part in the event included the Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) General Directorate of Military Factories, the MND General Directorate of Shipyards, the Ankara Chamber of Industry, the Ankara Chamber of Commerce, the Information Technologies and Communication Authority (BTK), the State Supply Office (DMO), the Turkish National Police, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organisation (KOSGEB), the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI), the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the Defence and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association (SaSaD).

ICDDA Awarded by the SSB

ICDDA, which was first organised in 2013 to bring together SMEs and local and foreign institutions and organisations for the purpose of cooperation, has become a professional connection point for the defence and aerospace sector at every outing since then. Maintaining its position as the largest B2B meetings platform in the region since its first outing, ICDDA continues to take its place in the success stories of its exhibitors. According to information received from OSSA member ICDDA exhibitors, there has been a 62.5 percent increase in employment rates, a 317 percent increase in the number of markets and a 77 percent increase in exports, and the ICDDA event has played a role in these increases. This fact is clear evidence of the efficiency of the B2B meetings held during the event. This efficiency has also fostered continuity among the companies participating at the event.

The prime contractors participating at ICDDA brief SMEs about their supply chains, offering them opportunities for new collaborations.

As a result of the successful and effective B2B meetings held with the attendance of foreign purchasing authorities, the ICDDA organisation was awarded with a “Defence Industry Special Award” in 2014 by the SSB, followed by a special award for “Defence Industry Promotion” in 2017.

Opinions from the Sector about ICDDA 2018

Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries of the Republic of Turkey

Supported by the SSB and organised by OSSA, ICDDA is an important event that nurtures interactions between companies in our defence ecosystem.

The panels held at ICDDA focus on the future of the sector.

Cem Altınışık, Corporate Communications Manager at FNSS

ICDDA is a unique organisation where we can come together with the players in our own ecosystem and with our subcontractors. So I think it is a very useful activity. Being able to successfully execute such an event in such a short time is a team success. OSTİM has a strategic importance for FNSS, and for this reason, we are delighted to be supporting all events arranged by the OSTİM Organised Industrial Zone and OSSA.

Ahmet Kain – Programmes Director at TEI

Since we are both a purchaser and a manufacturer, we have an idea of both sides of the coin. At the event, we had the opportunity to come together with the representatives of our clients and we discussed how we can support and improve the subsidiary industries with many companies. We also made several business contacts, and so it was a very fruitful event for us.

Protocol members attending ICDDA 2018 pose for a family photo.

International Aspect of ICDDA

As in previous outings, institutions and organisations from many countries have been invited to the 5th ICDDA, which will be held on 13–15 October, 2020, and confirmations of attendance from such institutions and organisations are continuing to be received. The foreign participation at ICDDA in previous years is as follows:

2013 22 220 1,500 2,000
2014 34 250 1,800 4,800
2016 33 200 2,000 5,400
2018 60 260 2,200 5,700
Christina Wills, Senior Supplier Development Leader at Boeing, said they will meet with SMEs, once again at ICDDA 2020.

Name of Event: Ankara Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aerospace (ICDDA)

Date of Event: 13–15 October, 2020

Event Venue: Hacettepe University Beytepe Congress Centre

Contact: www.icdda.com.tr info@ostimsavunma.org

You Can Read Eurosatory 2020 Special Digital Issue of MSI TDR Here: https://www.savunmahaber.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/msi_tdr_83_2020_eurosatory_special_digital_issue.pdf

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