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Erkunt Tarım Makinaları Sanayii A.Ş.
Founded 1953
Headquarters Sincan, Ankara, Turkey
Products agriculture machinery tractor
Website http://www.erkunttarim.com.tr/


The Erkunt Group, or Erkunt Tarım Makinaları Sanayii A.Ş., was established in 1953 in Sincan, Ankara, Turkey. The company initially was a Casting and a Pattern shop.[1]


HistoryEdit

The company was established in 1953 in Turkey, as a general foundry & pattern shop. By 1955, it had become a factory for machining parts as well as casting. The factory was chiefly engaged in the production of waste water pipes to NATO standards. Following 8 years of growth in 1961 the company became a corporation. Erkunt was then producing intermediate goods for the automotive, agricultural tractor and motor industries, utilizing the most advanced technology of the day.


Erkunt has grown to employment 174 white collar and 851 blue collar workers, totaling 1025 in a 50,000 ton/year capacity complex that is the leader in Turkey for grey iron and nodular casting production and mechanical processing.

For the past 15 years the company has increasingly been increasing exports to Europe. Production has grown to 40,000 tons per year. Erkunt exports %70 of total production of which 76% is machined, and 24% is raw castings. The companies products are produced to ISO/TS 16949 and the company registered to ISO 9001 and one of the largest independent casting and machining company in Europe.


Tractor productionEdit

In 2003, the Erkunt Group started the tractor division with the establishment of Erkunt Tractor Ind. Inc. and became a member of OEM group. Tractor production started in September 2004.[2] In the following 3 years, 4,000 tractors were sold in Turkey through 48 dealers. The company, which entered the market with only two models, now offers 17 different models between 58 and 80 hp. At the end of year 2007, Erkunt's market share in Turkey was 12.5% and is the third biggest tractor manufacturer in Turkey.[citation (source) needed]

Erkunt distributes tractors under the ArmaTrac brand in international markets and works on distributorship basis. Currently, Erkunt has distributors in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania in Europe as well as Tanzania and Sudan in Africa and Iraq in Asia.[3][4][5] They have plans to grow and increase exports, including to the UK.[6]

Erkunt independently developed their tractors, and have now licensed at least one model with Austria's Lindner.[7] The other tractors are designed by Turkish engineers, which is unusual in the Turkish tractor market, as most other manufacturers build them under license. The tractors are built to order.[8] The tractors use ZF transmissions, which are built under license by Erkunt in Turkey.


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