Binali Yildirim and Güler Sabanci at the opening ceremony.
Binali Yildirim and Güler Sabanci at the opening ceremony.

Kordsa Global, a Turkish specialist in plastic reinforcement and Sabanci University, located near Istanbul, have combined their forces to open a composite technologies center of excellence.

The opening ceremony of Composite Technologies Center of Excellence was held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Binali Yildirim, Dr Faruk Özlü, the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Lütfi Elvan, the Minister of Development, Ahmet Arslan, the Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication, Fikri Isik, the Minister of National Defense, Güler Sabanci, the chairman of Sabanci Holding and Founding chairman of the board of trustees of Sabanci University and Professor Nihat Berker, the president of Sabanci University.

The center will operate in the field of high-technology composite materials, with Kordsa Global’s production engineers and Sabanci University’s academic members and doctoral students working together to explore R&D and composite production.

‘As Kordsa Global and Sabanci University, we are taking a new initiative, in an area with crucial strategic importance for our country,’ said Sabanci. ‘We are embarking on a new journey to with which our country can make a difference with advanced technology, and even become a global power, a major player in the big league. Today, we are not only investing for tomorrow, but for the next 10-20-30 years of Turkey.’

This story is reprinted from material from Kordsa Global, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.