Çalık Holding and GE Digital Enter into Partnership Agreement to Establish Çalık Digital

17.10.2017

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The longtime collaborators have signed an agreement to partner on the founding of a new practice within Çalık, focused on digital transformation. Çalık Digital will enable digital transformation within the Group, as well as provide digital solutions to industrial customers based on Industrial IoT, Data Science and Cloud Services.

Istanbul, Turkey; October 17, 2017: Çalık Holding and GE [NYSE: GE] today announced the signing of a joint partnership agreement that will establish a new digitally-focused practice within the Turkish conglomerate, aimed at supporting digital transformation in the country and around the world.

With this agreement, GE Digital will partner to support the establishment of a roadmap for digital transformation within Çalık, through the enablement of digital capabilities across its internal divisions. The partners will also jointly go to market to bring GE Digital’s Industrial IoT solutions to customers in a variety of industries critical to the continued growth of the country’s economy. The initial focus areas include digitization of the construction, energy, mining and healthcare sectors.

Digital transformation is critical to the sectors in which Çalık Holding operates, as productivity and efficiency continue to be key drivers of growth. GE has embarked on its own journey of digital transformation over the last several years, and will bring first-hand knowledge and best practices to the partnership. GE is the world’s digital industrial company, and has established itself as a transformative leader in digitalization with software-defined machines and solutions powered by GE Digital’s leading platform and applications.

Ahmet Çalık, Chairman, Çalık Holding said: “GE has been a key partner for many years, and now we will extend this partnership through GE’s digital transformation experience and capabilities to deliver industrial internet to key industries in the regions where we operate. This is a great step and collaboration towards the digital future of industry.”

Jay Barrows, Chief Commercial & Chief Sales Officer of GE Digital, said: “Çalık Holding is a crucial player in the economic development of Turkey and the region. As a pioneer in the digital industrial space, GE is entering into a partnership to bring digital expertise to another industrial giant. Having gone through a revolutionary journey ourselves, we are excited to collaborate with a long-time partner like Çalık on such an important initiative that will move both of our organizations forward in the digital era.”

In order to establish Çalık Digital, GE Digital will support a specially appointed Industrial Internet of Things team in the structuring of a digital enablement plan for internal Çalık transformation. This element will begin immediately, across all Çalık subsidiaries.

Çalık Digital, established within Çalık Holding will focus on three areas. First, the company will carry out the digital transformation of the Group. Second, it will provide Industrial Internet of Things solutions and services to the Holding’s customers. Third, Çalık Group has the objective to produce value–added solutions with the digitalization required by this age and spread digitalization in the regions it operates.

In parallel, the partners will develop a solutions portfolio to jointly approach customers. The partnership provides digital solutions via Çalık Digital to end-customers of the focus industries. The partners hope to see scalable digital transformation across industries in Turkey, and later the region and around the world.

GE Digital is actively focusing on the digital transformation of the industry in Turkey. Major industrial customers in energy, manufacturing, chemical, water, aviation and others have chosen GE Digital solutions. With the Industrial Internet of Things solution portfolio including Asset Performance Management Solutions, ServiceMax, Brilliant Manufacturing and Predix applications and microservices, GE Digital in Turkey is working with customers and partners to prepare them for a new era.