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Saie international network takes start in Ankara

The themes of renewal and redevelopment are deeply rooted in Italian architecture, nowhere more so than in the Emilia Romagna region. A conference held at the Architecture Centre in Ankara provided an opportunity to present and discuss these themes in the company of Turkish architects and the world of Turkish construction.


The aim of Saie Conference was to lay the foundations for a network of relationships and opportunities with this dynamic country. This goal was fully achieved thanks to the presence of Italian companies and institutions which presented their expertise and experience.

One such company was Solarspot, whose chairman Gennaro Bracale said: “I’m sure we can all enjoy significant benefits in terms of cultural partnerships and trade. In a climate of economic globalisation and internationalisation, Turkey offers businesses plenty of opportunities for growth and exchange, drawing inspiration from our respective histories and using shared resources to further boost results”.

Bruno Rosa, Technical Manager of the Design Department of Industrie Cotto Possagno, likewise made positive comments: “The organisational capacity of BolognaFiere once again proved up to the occasion, which was first conceived during the visit of a delegation of Turkish professionals at SAIE in October last year. Industrie Cotto Possagno SpA was pleased to take part in this fascinating event, which offered the perfect opportunity to meet key players in the Turkish building boom, especially in the big cities. I thought the Conference in Ankara would be a ideal opportunity to introduce ourselves and illustrate the key characteristics of our products, whether bent or plain clay roof tiles, fixing and installation systems or photovoltaic tiles. The speakers and audience were all very high calibre and included representatives of ministries and major construction firms”.


The presentation of the redevelopment work carried out after the earthquake in Emilia drew considerable interest from representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Education and from the Turkish Civil Defence.

Turkey is the country with the highest level of seismic risk anywhere in the Mediterranean region and adopts very similar construction techniques to those used in Italy, allowing partnerships to be forged between the two countries. These were confirmed during SAIE Conference ANKARA when the Turkish players and the two sector associations meeting in Ankara (TSMD – Turkish Architects Association and TMB – Turkish Contractor Association) expressed their interest in continuing the dialogue with the Italian companies present.
The Turkish Architects Association TSMD, which cooperated with Saie in the organisation of the two-day event, is responsible for designing 15 million square metres of buildings a year, noted its Chairman in his welcome address.

The other important partner was the Turkish Contractors Association. The Turkish construction companies play a key role at an international level, and Secretary General Haluk BÜYÜKBAŞ of TMB – Turkish Contractors Association, in the meeting with the Italian delegation coordinated by SAIE, presented some figures that provide an overall picture of the sector: since 1973 TMB members have completed more than 7,800 projects in 104 countries to a total value of more than 300 billion dollars.

The partnership with the two associations will continue over the coming weeks with the aim of drawing Turkish partners to Saie 2015 and launching international cooperation projects.

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