OSTIM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) attended IDEF’21, along with its 57 member companies. During the fair, OSSA both hosted its member companies and held a series of meeting in its booth which is shared with OSTIM Technical University and OSTIM Organised Industrial Zone. Orhan Aydın, Chairman of the Board of OSTIM and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OSTIM Technical University, Prof. Dr. Murat Yülek, Rector of OSTIM Technical University and Mithat Ertuğ, Chairman of the Board of OSSA informed the visitors about the latest developments and activities of OSTIM.
Dr. Uğur Aydın, Project Manager and Coordinator of OSSA told about the activities they performed to increase the participation of their members to the fair: “We support the companies under our umbrella to be a part of many different international fairs and business-to-business activities and inform them about recent developments. We shared plenty of information to our companies from the meetings we attended before IDEF 21. In addition we forwarded invitations to our companies to visit the fair.”
OSSA held more than 80 meetings during the event. Delegations from Albania, France, India, Portugal, Sudan, and Ukraine visited OSSA booth. Furthermore, OSSA contacted with plenty of foreign and domestic institutions and organizations including Turkish Space Agency, ASELSAN, FNSS, HAVELSAN, TEI and Turkish Aerospace.
OSSA officials informed the visitors about the capabilities and activities of the cluster during the meetings, which also included subjects such as collaboration opportunities, technology transfer and joint tender applications. Some foreign delegations expressed their interest to visit OSSA in the near future.
OSSA also made contacts to increase the number of its members at the fair. Some Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which heard about OSSA and its activities before or during the fair expressed their desire to be a part of OSSA. Applications from some of these companies reached OSSA after the fair.
Interest for ICDDA 2022 from Domestic and Foreign Visitors
Another agenda topic of OSSA during the fair was Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aerospace (ICDDA) event, which is organize by the cluster. The event will be held between 12-14 October 2022. OSSA made a briefing about the event during its meetings in the fair.
Dr. Aydın commented about meetings they did about ICDDA while the fair was held: “All of the foreign delegations we met expressed that they would be delighted to join our event. They also told us that the business-to-business activities that will happen for 3 days in the event will greatly impact the collaboration between the countries. In addition, while plenty of domestic companies visiting us in our booth for the information, companies also reached us by e-mail or phone calls to get more information about ICDDA and the requirements for participation after the fair.