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Sikorsky Wins Turkish Contract

Image Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. won part of a $3.5 billion contract to make helicopters for Turkey's military, beating out rival Agusta Westland of Italy. Sikorsky, the Stratford based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., on Friday announced the 10-year deal with partner Turkish Aerospace Industry, which calls for 109 utility helicopters and might expand to as many as 600. The aircraft, based on the Black Hawk model, will be built in Turkey with American and Turkish parts. Sikorsky's share of the contract is expected to top $1 billion.

"For many years, Sikorsky Aircraft and Turkish industry have collaborated on aerostructures and dynamic component parts, so this contract would follow a long standing tradition of cooperation," said Jeffrey Pino, president of Sikorsky.

Sikorsky will operate through its 50 percent stake in Alp Aviation, a Turkish company, and intends to expand its capabilities to meet the demand for the contract.

Groupon, Users to Celebrate the Turkey Business' First Year

Groupon Sehirfirsati.com is readying to celebrate its first birthday in the Turkish market. Having entered the Turkish market a year ago as the Turkey branch of the European group purchase network City Deal, later to be acquired by the US giant Groupon, the website presently has more than 2.5 million subscribed users has collaborated with almost 5,000 small and medium enterprises in Turkey

Having entered the Turkish market a year ago as the Turkey branch of the European group purchase network City Deal, Sehirfirsati.com, a translation of the original name, now a Groupon business, is ready to celebrate its first birthday in the Turkish market.

The online portal presently has more than 2.5 million subscribed users. It also has collaborated with almost 5,000 small and medium enterprises in Turkey and the total amount of saving the company helped its users to achieve so far is around 60 million Turkish Liras, according to company figures provided by the General Manager Emre Ekmekçi.

US-Dutch Firm to Build Europe'ss Biggest Solar Plant in Turkey

ImageGiraSolar, a U.S.-Dutch solar company, has begun talks with a local energy firm to build Turkey’s first and Europe’s biggest photovoltaic power station while also manufacturing solar panels for export to Europe.

“We are planning to build Europe’s biggest solar plant in Turkey,” Chief Executive Officer Wieland M. Koornstra told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review during a Dutch business mission to Istanbul last week. The mission, which included representatives from 22 companies, was led by Henk Bleker, the Dutch minister for agriculture and foreign trade.

Noting the importance of Turkey in the world’s solar energy sector, Koornstra said GiraSolar had held talks with a Turkish energy giant on building a solar power station in the south of Turkey. He said the plant would generate 100 megawatts of energy.

Ach, Turkey! Is This the Taxi of Tomorrow?

ImageBack in November, the city announced it would be replacing the iconic Crown Victoria with the first-ever purpose-built yellow cab. It released a questionnaire seeking input on what New Yorkers want from their new cab, as well as seeking votes on which of three designs—from Ford, Nissan and Turkish light-truck manufacturer Karsan—people preferred. Last week, the results of the survey were released, and today Karsan leaked the news that nearly 2/3s of the voters like their model, the most unusual of the three for sure. This was compared to 42 percent that liked the Nissan and 38 percent that liked the Ford. (The question was "yes-or-no," not "pick a favorite.")

US Lighting Science Group Enters Turkish Market

ImageLighting Science Group Corporation, an American manufacturer of LED-based lighting, has partnered with lighting distributor Orizzonte Group , a significant player inTurkey's infrastructural and construction lighting markets, as part of its effort to replicate the Company's U.S. domestic sales success overseas. Lighting Science Group chose the Orizzonte Group as an exclusive distributor because of their existing local sales and distribution capabilities, strong government and corporate connections, and working capital to grow the LED lighting market in Turkey.  

Turkey: Homemade Vehicles Take Root in Rural Regions

Image Ismail Aktekin is a simple farmer in Turkey's Konya province. But history may also remember him as a local Henry Ford. More than 40 years ago Aktekin started a cottage industry that built crude vehicles for his fellow farmers. These days Aktekin's grandson, also named Ismail, runs the business and says his shop produces about three of the vehicles per month. He estimated that some three-quarters of the local farmers own one. Demand these days is so great that several shops across several provinces are working full-tilt. Hundreds of the vehicles are produced every year in these small shops, most of them the size of a garage, usually located in villages. According to some estimates, there are roughly 250 people involved in their production and the sales are mainly in Turkey, although one farmer mentioned exports as far as Afghanistan.

Comodo Partners with ESDINAMICO

ImageIT security solutions provider Comodo (www.comodo.com) announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with South American Web software and security provider ESDINAMICO. ESDINAMICO will develop digital signatures solutions under the brand idSegura, using Comodo personal certificates.

Earlier this month, Comodo announced the availability of its SSL certificates through the Parallels Partner Storefront. With this partnership, ESDINAMICO customers will be able to request, authorize, reject or cancel certificates for themseleves, as idSegura integrates Comodo's Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (EPKI).
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