Organised by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA), the Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aerospace (ICDDA) event boasts one of the highest (21.92) registered B2B meetings per participating company rates in the world, and is set to lead the way once again, this time by bringing together SMEs, prime contractors, and sectoral institutions and organisations with representatives of the world’s leading companies and institutions for a “hybrid” event.
Organised biannually with the purpose to meet the right people from the defence and aerospace sector in a dynamic environment with a view to encouraging collaborations, this year’s ICDDA will be held on 13–15 October, 2020 in Ankara and will host both virtual and face-to-face B2B meetings.
Panels and B2B Meetings
At ICDDA 2020, a series of panels will be held on such topics as civil aviation; land, naval and air systems; homeland security technologies; and supply chain development, moderated by experienced names in their respective fields of expertise. Over 2,000 participants are expected to take part, including military, defence and commercial attachés serving in Turkey, public officials, end users, and company representatives from both Turkey and abroad. Foreign participants who are unable to attend the event physically will be able to join the panels virtually. During the panel discussions, sectoral innovations, as well as the problems faced by the sector and their solutions, will be discussed.
To revive production and to rebuild the workforce, both of which have been adversely affected by the pandemic in Turkey and around the world ICDDA 2020 will gather SMEs, prime contractors and appropriate institutions/organisations in Turkey round the table with foreign companies and institutions, thus contributing to the development of the Turkish economy and the sector as a whole.
Purchasing authorities and supply chain managers who cannot make it to the event due to the pandemic will be able to engage in scheduled meetings with ICDDA participants in an online environment through the Virtual Matching and B2B Meeting platform.
Bringing these purchasing authorities to the ICDDA event for virtual meetings will result in a higher than expected contribution to the cooperation and export efforts of the participating companies.
Success of Previous Events to Continue with the Digital Dimension
Held on 23–25 October, 2018, the fourth outing of ICDDA hosted 260 companies and institutions from 60 countries and over 2,000 visitors. Furthermore, some 5,700 registered B2B meetings were held during the event, which was attended by 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. The event was also joined by representatives of prime contractors in Turkey, including ASELSAN, Baykar, BMC, FNSS, HAVELSAN, Kale Aero, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK), Otokar, Roketsan, STM, TEI, Turkish Technic and Turkish Aerospace. The Turkish organisations that took part in the event included the Disaster and Emergency Presidency (AFAD), Ministry of National Defence (MND) General Directorate of Military Factories, MND General Directorate of Shipyards, Ankara Chamber of Industry, Ankara Chamber of Commerce, Information Technologies and Communication Authority (BTK), State Supply Office (DMO), Turkish National Police, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organisation (KOSGEB), 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).
For the ICDDA event to be held on 13–15 October 2020, talks were held with many leading companies and organisations, both at home and abroad, and pre-confirmation for participation was received. Most of the foreign officials who were contacted to request their participation at the event said that they would prefer face-to-face meetings, while the participants who are unable to travel stated that they would be interested in virtual meetings.
The fact that virtual meetings will be included at the fifth ICDDA event will result in more B2B meetings and participating companies than in the previous events, providing greater cooperation potential.
ICDDA Awarded by the SSB
The biannually held ICDDA event has been recognised by the Presidency of The Republic of Turkey Presidency of Defence Industries with a “Defence Industry Special Award” in 2014 and with a “Defence Industry Promotion Special Award” in 2017 for the success of the productive B2B meetings held with foreign purchasing and supply chain authorities.
We Act with Great Responsibility to our Supporters and Participants
These days, as the world seeks to get back to normal, we, as the organisers of ICDDA, are taking all the necessary precautions required by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health to ensure a healthy and productive event. The health of the officials, supporters, Turkish and foreign participants who will physically attend to the event is our highest priority.
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