Turkey's top exporters received their awards from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday at a special event held by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM). With more than $3.96 billion in exports, Ford Automotive has ranked first on Turkey's Top 1,000 Exporters List for the year 2016, prepared by TİM. Ford was followed by Tofaş Türk Otomobil and Oyak-Renault Otomobil with exports worth $3.19 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively.
A special award was given to Tosçelik Profil ve Saç A.Ş., Turkey's leading steel producer, for making a noteworthy leap from 513th to 90th place on the list of top exporters. The top 10 exporters of Turkey in 2016 were Ford Automotive, Tofaş Türk Otomobil, Oyak-Renault Otomobil, Kibar Holding, Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri A.Ş. (TÜPRAŞ, the leading oil company), Vestel, Toyota Automotive, Arçelik A.Ş., Bosch and the TGS Foreign Trade Company, respectively.
Ford Automotive Chairman Ali Koç received his award from President Erdoğan, while Koç Holding Chairman Ömer Koç received three awards for his positions at Arçelik, Tofaş and TÜPRAŞ.