News from Denizli – Ozgur Akdogan, General Secretary of GEKA In his statement on the subject; “As the South Aegean Development Agency, we want to advance nationally determined policies and investments to increase our global competitiveness, ensure economic growth with technological progress and make our life easier. Covering the period 2021-2023 of the agency’Results-oriented institutionalization and digital transformation program in the manufacturing industry With the analysis prepared under the study, the current situation of the said sectors has been revealed. Analysis in Aydın, Denizli, Muğla manufacture of textile and clothing products, machinery and equipment, food products etc In order to increase the level of revenue and profitability by ensuring digital and business transformation in leading sectors, “Result-Driven Institutionalization and Digital Transformation Program in the Manufacturing Industry”is the first step. The information obtained from the analysis will inform our Agency’s activities and support in the area of digitization and institutionalization for the coming period, and guide other decision-makers.
In the TR32 region, according to NACE Rev.2, 4 selected sub-sectors of the manufacturing industry sector that drive the regional economy (10-Manufacture of food products, 14-Manufacture of clothing, 13-Manufacture of textile products and 28- Machinery and equipment not elsewhere classified) Companies that were included in the sample according to the criteria of number of employees (manufacturing) were included in the research. 301 online surveys were conducted with the full count method among all enterprises with 10 or more employees in the machinery industry, 100 or more employees in the textile industry, 50 or more employees in the textile industry clothing and 20 or more employees in the industry. food industry. Among the companies surveyed, 21% (63) are from the manufacture of food products, 28% (88) from the manufacture of textile products, 23% (67) from the manufacture of clothing, 28% (83) from the manufacture of machinery and equipment.
68% of the companies covered by the research are located in Denizli, 26% in Aydın and 6% in Muğla. 95% of the questionnaires made to the companies in the textile products manufacturing sector were made in Denizli, 53% of the questionnaires made to the companies in the food products manufacturing sector were made in Aydın.
GEKA Secretary General Özgür Akdoğan made the following statement regarding research: “First of all, if the results and evaluation of research are done in terms of institutionalization; 77% of companies do not have a written corporate constitution. In 71% of companies, the duties, roles, powers and responsibilities of employees are determined in writing, and this is the highest rate with companies that manufacture textile products (77%). 68% of companies have a professional manager separate from the quality control unit who is not a family member. Next come the human resources cell with 55%, the marketing cell with 48%, the information processing/automation cell with 39% and the R&D cell with 27%. Only 23% of companies have managers other than family members. When these research data are analyzed, the number of companies that have transformed their organizational structure according to the principles of institutionalization is not at a sufficient level considering the economic size of the TR32 Region.
Today, digitalization expresses a holistic understanding of transformation that brings together human, business processes and technological elements in line with the advantages of rapidly developing information and communication technologies and the changing needs of the business world. . When research results are evaluated in terms of digitization; We see that there are companies trying to digitize in the leading sectors of the region. From the perspective of their digitization trend, the textile manufacturing and machinery and equipment manufacturing sectors stand out from the others. At this point, the question of cost, which companies see as the biggest hurdle, emerges.
The second important issue is the creation of human resources capable of initiating the digital transformation of companies. In this regard, it is important that universities, vocational training institutions, NGOs and public institutions establish centers capable of providing well-equipped training in the necessary fields by cooperating. The main thing is to orient young educated human resources graduating from universities in the region and attracting young graduates from good universities in other regions to the industry in the region.
The third problem is that companies need a lot of consulting support, especially in R&D and in innovation and digital transformation. In the region where family businesses are concentrated, the need to provide various consulting services, particularly in governance, R&D and innovation, and digital transformation, to businesses by professionals and to support them with support mechanisms is emerging.
Finally, one of the most important issues in ensuring the digital transformation of regional industry is resistance to change. This resistance; It is a major obstacle to the development and transformation of enterprises and industry, whether in management or in other departments of the company. To this end, it is believed that planning an awareness program in which information activities aimed at creating awareness of digitization and specially designed trainings for departments are carried out and taking action in this regard can create a great transformation in the institutionalization and digitization of the region. industry.”
Finally, Secretary General Özgür Akdoğan; He said the analysis of the current situation of institutionalization and digitalization in the South Aegean region is available on the GEKA website, and stakeholders who wish to examine it in detail can visit https ://geka.gov.tr/gekaftp/dijitallesme.pdf.