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The Firsts In Turkey

​​​​​1938

Koç Ticaret A.Ş. (Koç Trade Inc. ) is the first Turkish company to provide profit-sharing to its employees

1944 

The first automobile sales company...Motör Ticaret

1945 

The first Turkish Company in the U.S.A.... Ram Commercial Corporation.

1948

With Koç-General Electric cooperation, Turkey's first light bulb factory and the first joint-venture with a foreign company... General Electric

1954

The establishment of Türk Demir Döküm factories to produce the first radiators and later the first iron cast parts for the automotive industry in Turkey.

The first private producer of matches... Türkay (Kav)

1955

The establishment of Arçelik, the producer of Turkey's first washing machines, refrigerators and water heaters.

1957

Commissioning of the assembly line in Otosan which later manufactured first Turkish trucks.

1959

The production of the first washing machine...Arçelik

1960

The production of the first refrigerator... Arçelik

1961

The first Turkish LPG distribution company...Aygaz

1962

The first Turkish automobile tyre... Uniroyal

1963

The first holding company in Turkey... Koç Holding.

1964

The first cable manufacturing facility of Turkey... Siemens

The production of the first Turkish tractor.... Türk Traktör

1965

The establishment of the first electric motor and compressor producing factory...Türk Elektrik Endüstrisi

The first glass wool factory for insulation... İzocam

1966

The production of Anadol, the first Turkish passenger car ...Otosan

1967

The first and the largest private sector body to provide scholarships for higher educationTürk Eğitim Vakfı (TEV)

The first tomato paste factory...Tat

1969

First instutional enterprise Vehbi Koç Foundation

1970

The establishment of the first corporate Planning Division for long term planning in the private sector... Koç Holding

Turkey's first centralized export organization... Ram

1971 

Murat 124, the first Turkish passenger car with steel body... Tofaş

1973

Production of the first cylinder blocks, axes and differential gears for the Turkish automotive industry... Döktaş

The first Turkish foreign trade company in EU countries... Kofisa

The first Turkish open public company... Koç Yatırım Pazarlama

1974

Turkey's first automatic washing machine...Arçelik

1975

The first Research & Development Division in the private sector... Koç Holding

1980

The first private museum of Turkey... Sadberk Hanım Museum

1982

The inauguration of the first in-house training and development center... KOGEM (current name is i.d.e.a.)

1997

The first on-line supermarket... Migros

1999

The first on-line shopping center... Kangurum

2000

The first market place...Kotonline

2001

Turkey's first on-line and real-time reservation enabled tourism portal... www.bookinturkey.com

2001

Turkey's first internet business portal... www.kobiline.com

2004

First Turkish coffee machine of the world...Arçelik

2005

First home produce drying machine of Turkey...Arçelik

2006

The fastest dish washer of the world...Arçelik
The fastest washing machine of the world...Arçelik
The first side bu side refrigerator of Turkey...Arçelik

2007

Turkey's first built-in hob with induction...Arçelik
Turkey’s first built-in inox series with no finger prints...Arçelik
The ultimate technology: Arçelik's “Tech-Touch” dishwasher with AAA performance
 “Grand Prix Series”, the “The World's Fastest Computers”...Arçelik

2009

First Turkish automotive company to have been exported to the U.S....Ford Otosan