Salim Haffar, a luminary in the international energy transmission business

Salim Haffar, who is among the many active names of the power transmission sector each in Turkey and in the world, has been promoted to the place of Assistant General Manager from his position as International Sales and Marketing Director, which he has held for eight years on the domestic gearbox giant İ-Mak Gearbox.
Haffar, who was elected because the President of EuroTrans, the largest organization on the planet covering all of the producers of the facility transmission sector, one year ago, additionally performs an energetic position in the Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (MIB). Haffar, who will continue his profession at İ-Mak Gearbox at a higher degree, represents both his company and Turkey in the American Gear Manufacturers Association.
Salim Haffar, one of the rare names recognized by the trade on a global scale, takes an active position in many organizations. Representing Turkey’s power transmission business on a world scale with its sectoral knowledge, visionary structure and the ability of I-Mak, Haffar shares the work they carry out in lots of organizations with our magazine.
Who is Salim Haffar?
I am a citizen of Morocco and France. In 2010, I graduated from the University of Lyon, Department of International Trade. I decided to settle in Turkey 10 years ago on account of the experiences I gained in varied countries during and after my education life. I took part in large worldwide tasks in numerous sectors in Turkey. I began working at İ-MAK Gearbox eight years ago with the will to carry my curiosity in industry and expertise to skilled life. I have been continuing my enterprise life as Export Manager, as Assistant General Manager since January 2022. In this position, I continue my gross sales, export and advertising activities on behalf of İ-Mak Gearbox. I consider that in this new activity I assumed with the trust of our company’s founding companions and board of directors, within the light of my international perspective and experience, I-MAK Gearbox will set an example for the sector with its innovative tasks and works.
We have been working for many years at EuroTrans, the global umbrella organization of the ability transmission trade. For the final 1 yr, I truly have been the Chairman of the Board of EuroTrans. However, I proceed to symbolize Turkey in varied establishments and worldwide associations.
With the motto that data features value when shared, I determined to determine an affiliation in 2019 to be able to contribute to the development of the country that hosted me. 2 years in the past, I based the TECHNOMADS Association, which goals to offer technical supplies to universities and vocational excessive colleges by working in varied areas in Turkey, and to supply schooling and internship opportunities to students, with the gathering of valuable sponsors and supporters. I am very joyful to have the power to help more than 6000 college students with visits to 14 universities and dozens of vocational excessive schools by completing 15,000 kilometers in Turkey. I believe that the venture, which continues despite the pandemic, will grow extra with new supporters and contribute to the event of the country.
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What is EuroTrans? Could you inform us about its importance in the sector and its work?
Founded 50 years in the past in France, the EuroTrans Federation right now represents a sector worth forty billion with 600 active member corporations and eight national associations. EuroTrans, the biggest organization on the earth covering all manufacturers of the gearbox, bearing and energy transmission business, brings together main companies on a worldwide scale. EuroTrans, which has been working for 50 years with the vision of creating expertise in gear production and power transmission sector; we decide the quality standards for the sector, perform researches, provide trainings, carry out lobbying activities on behalf of the sector and observe technological and economic values.
I am honored to be elected because the president of the federation in 2021 with the votes of the member firms after serving on the board of directors for about 2 years and to symbolize Turkey on this group as a member of the Machinery Manufacturers Association.
You have an active position in the industry on a worldwide scale. Can you consider the situation of the power transmission sector in Turkey?
In addition to working in the energy transmission sector for a few years, I can say that our industry has a very dynamic construction in Turkey, as both the President of EuroTrans and a person who takes an energetic function in the Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (MIB). However, despite this dynamic structure, I think that we’ve a protracted method to go to be able to attain a competitive position on the planet as a sector.
As İ-Mak Gearbox, we’re working for the development of the sector in Turkey with the duties we now have taken in both EuroTrans and MIB. As a result of our visits overseas, we see that the industry has developed, but there are deficiencies in standards and unity. As İ-MAK, we are carrying out research that can result in these.
With the order offered by numerous organizations everywhere in the world, sector stakeholders create sure high quality standards and added worth. There are many various leagues for companies operating within the power transmission sector in Turkey. As the business, we have to come together to set standards and produce larger high quality and efficiency-oriented merchandise. It is essential for us to develop a culture of competition amongst brands in Turkey by creating an understanding of efficiency and added value when it comes to requirements and unity. Abandoning the competitors carried out by producing cheaper and similar merchandise in the sector; It must be our priority to create an understanding of manufacturing in requirements that will increase efficiency and added worth.
As an business, our share of the world market has not yet reached the level we need to be. We have a major progress potential in exports. We mustn’t neglect that we have to symbolize our nation as a union within the international market because of the value-added and standardized manufacturing strategy we will obtain inside the nation. For this purpose, I care that more firms turn out to be members of national and international institutions and I see it as a driving drive for the event of our country.

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