Kordsa CEO Ali Çaliskan and AMRC CEO Colin Sirett.
Kordsa CEO Ali Çaliskan and AMRC CEO Colin Sirett.

Kordsa and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop new composite technologies for aviation and automotive.

The MOU also involves establishing a connection between the University of Sheffield and Sabanci University in Istanbul.

‘The AMRC is a good fit for Kordsa and the Centre of Excellence we have in Turkey,’ said Kordsa CEO, Ali Çaliskan. ‘Each passing day we strive to reinforce a larger area and build a more reinforced future. We are looking for opportunities for collaboration and growth globally and that is the reason for signing the MOU. […] The AMRC business model, where partners and industrial players collaborate together, presents us with new ideas for growth and provides opportunities for the future. There are many aerospace companies and other industries that we could join forces within a similar ecosystem in Turkey.’

According to AMRC CEO Colin Sirett, due to the continuing uncertainty around Brexit, building associations with organisations outside the EU is essential from the AMRC’s perspective.

‘Beyond the initial scope of this MOU, we are very hopeful about the academic scope of the collaboration,’ said Bahattin Koç, professor at the faculty of engineering and natural sciences at Sabanci University. ‘Together with the University of Sheffield, we will be exploring the opportunity of joint PhD programmes, collaborative researches, and we intend to support the foundation in establishing a training centre based on the successful model operating in Rotherham.’

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