Sun Group, established in 1993, began by importing goods, materials and equipment for Turkey’s flourishing construction industry. The company has since diversified into numerous sectors such as renewable energy, engineering, agriculture, mining and railway systems making up their core sectors.

“We have over two decades of experience in the railway industry and are proud to have been involved in some of Turkey’s largest projects over the years” said Murat Atik, CEO and co-founder of Sun Group.

Sun Group began cooperation with Japan’s Hitachi Railway Systems (HRS) in 2014, exclusively importing their innovative railway signaling and telecommunications systems to Turkey.

“I am delighted with our partnership, the timing couldn’t have been better,” Atik said. “In the course of five years, we have managed to introduce and integrate Japan’s best railway technologies to our country’s rapidly growing infrastructure projects. By improving safety, efficiency and reliability of railway and mass transit systems, HRS products have been very well received thus far.”

One such project is Ankara’s Metro system, which is expanding to four lines and upgrading current lines. Sun Group are supplying Hitachi signaling systems to handle and operate the capital’s entire metro system. The Turkish government also recently announced plans to connect all of Turkey’s major cities with high-speed rail, an ambitious project that Sun Group is confident in contributing to.

The group is very open to developing new partnerships with Japanese organizations in other areas of activity, particularly renewable energy and mining.

“I believe more collaborations can be made between the two countries,” Atik said. “With Japanese technology and know-how, combined with Turkey’s young and active business minds, we can build new opportunities, not just in Turkey, but in neighboring countries, as well as in Africa.”