Turkey’s R&D champion Kordsa Global
Science, Industry and Technology Ministry awarded the best R&D center of the year at Private Sector R&D Centers Summit and Exhibition. Kordsa Global nominated the best R&D Center of Turkey. The company also was ranked the first R&D Center in textile category for the third time.
The world’s leading producer of nylon and polyester yarns, cord fabric and single end cord, Kordsa Global received two awards at the summit, first place in all R&D Centers and the first place in textile industry.
Kordsa Global CEO Cenk Alper, said the following about the awards: “We are proud to be ranked the first R&D Center at Turkey. There is an intense competition amongst all R&D centers. Our R&D efforts are coming from a 42 years’ history. Since 2007, we are systematically working under our R&D Center’s roof. Kordsa Global R&D Center collaborates with universities both in Turkey and abroad to maintain its technology leadership. Technology licensing is one of our main subjects since ‘open innovation’ concept is the baseline of our R&D approach. Today, our opponents are willing to construct their products by using Kordsa Global technology. These days, we are working on its economic model. We will export technology not only to our own partners but also to our competitors. We believe this to be an important step for Kordsa and Turkey. Our goal is to bring new and innovative products arising from our day to day R&D activities to the whole world.”
Kordsa Global CTO İbrahim Yıldırım, made the following remarks: “Kordsa Global R&D Center’s priority is the efficiency. Ranking the first R&D Center among all R&D Centers is an indication of our consistent and stable operations. We develop processes and technologies at Kordsa Global R&D Center for tire reinforcement, new composite products and the construction reinforcement market. The majority of our R&D works aim to bring new technology and competencies to the industry. Our R&D center employs 78 brilliant minds which helps spread out our technology from Turkey to the world. The number of new products we offer to the market exceeded 12 since 2008. Our portfolio of international patent applications has reached to 236. This year we climbed four ranks in Turkish Patent League and have the honor of taking the sixth place in the first six months of 2015. Composite materials are the next frontier for us. We established our Composite Reinforcement Business Unit in April 2014. In December 2014 we broke ground for our Composite Technologies Center of Excellence in Technopark Istanbul with Sabanci University. We will develop and present composite products, which are used in aerospace, sports, automotive, marine and construction to the world.”