We have 10,000 employees, almost 800 network points, and 3,000 vehicles throughout Turkey. Most of our employees are blue-collar, and managing this whole network of people with limited educational know-how is difficult, especially as using technology becomes more cost effective. In 2012, we are investing in both technology and education, and have engaged in programs with universities across the country. Now, for example, our couriers attend classes to become certified. This is very important for Turkey as a whole, not just for our sector. If 10,000 blue-collar workers go to university, this represents a great educational advancement for the country. The logistics sector is growing every day, and international players have become very interested. The sector is now valued at $80 billion, but it has the capacity to grow to $200 billion. There are many logistics companies of different sizes in Turkey, but the average customer does not believe in these companies as much as they do in North American or European. It is our responsibility to educate customers on how to make use of a logistics company. We are investing nearly TL10 million toward new technology this year, including handheld terminals and document sorting machines. Furthermore, we are investing in electric vehicles such as green cars, which are both environmentally friendly and cost effective. In fact, 100% of our transportation activities are carried out by road.
Horoz Lojistik is in the top three or four companies. There are about four other companies of our size, and we are a family-owned business that faced many competitors as it grew. We manage to keep up, and there are some advantages of being local. There are also companies that have middle production facilities or vendors overseas, so when that happens, multinational contracts become very important for them. Both sides of our joint venture are very happy with the situation, and everything has gone well so far. SDV is a large company that belongs to the Bolleré Group, which owns many subsidiaries in addition to its logistics division. This link was very important, especially in terms of trading with Southeast Asia. Because that gap was closed, we developed more warehousing activity and inventory management where we operate distribution centers that allow companies to store their stock and replenish goods for their retail stores easily. To operate our network accordingly is very important. We have to be able to provide solutions for our customers and combine experience to target certain industries. Economies of scale can also come into effect. We have goals to develop in other industries, and it is our game plan. When you plan for the future, you often end up opening an office or developing a company to serve the needs of the market. This is how we will continue over the next five years.
In 1Q2012, we invested in a bonded warehouse project in Bursa. At the beginning of 2013, we will open another logistics center in Istanbul, which will be a closed space of 36,000 sqm. In total, the area of the complex is 70,000 sqm. We will continue operating our two logistics centers in Istanbul and open additional facilities in Bursa and Izmir, as well as branch offices in Adana and Ankara. We also have representative offices in Trieste, Italy and Shanghai and Guangzhou, China, boosting our extremely powerful air and sea freight capabilities in the Far East. Mars Logistics owns exactly 500 trailers and has an extra 300 trailers through our sub-contractors. In the last four years, our railroad transportation capacity has also been increasing. We are now one of the largest railroad transport companies in the sector, working with more than 7,200 customers per year. Most of our clients are multinationals or are among Turkey’s top companies. By the end of 3Q2012 we expect to add 200 trailers, and in 4Q2012 we are aiming to deliver another 300 trailers. We will start 2013 with a fleet of 1,000 self-owned vehicles. In every branch of logistics, there is increased competition between companies. In the last four years, we saw many buyouts from a number of investment companies. It is important that companies do not decrease their prices at the expense of service quality.
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