ASELSAN and FNSS at Peak of Private Sector R&D Centres
The 5th Private Sector R&D Centres Summit organised by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology was held in Ankara on September 27 and 28.
The award ceremony of the event was held at the Presidential Complex, and attended by Dr. Faruk Özlü, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology; Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy; Associate Professor İlker Murat Ar, General Director of Science and Technology at the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology; company representatives; and many other guests.
Minister Dr. Özlü, who delivered the opening speech, shared the following with his audience: “In 2014, the total R&D expenditures in our country was 17.6 billion TL. Our R&D expenditure has exceeded for the first time the level of one percent [of GDP] in our history. The most important development which we find gratifying about R&D expenditures is the continuous rise of the private sector’s share. This ratio, which was around 25 percent in the past, has now almost reached 50 percent. Our target is to increase this ratio to around 70 percent in the coming period. R&D centres are undoubtedly one of the most important elements that have helped the private sector in spending more on R&D. Currently, 27,500 qualified personnel are working at 272 R&D centres operating across Turkey. Nearly 4,000 patent applications have been submitted by these R&D centres until now, and over 1,100 have been registered.”
The award ceremony started after the speech of Minister Özlü. According to the R&D Centers Performance Index, ASELSAN ranked first in the categories of ‘Defence and Aerospace Industry’ and ‘Employment of R&D Personnel’, while FNSS ranked first in the ‘Commercialisation’ category. The awards were received on behalf of ASELSAN by Dr. Murat Üçüncü, Vice Chairman of Management Board, and on behalf of FNSS by Nurettin Çarmıklı, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Nurol Group, from Minister Özlü and Minister Zeybekci.
STM, Öztiryakiler and Katmerciler were also among the companies which became eligible to receive an R&D Centre license.
Following the award ceremony, the attendees proceeded to the ATO (Ankara Chamber of Commerce) International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the opening of the summit. Minister Özlü and the accompanying delegation made a tour of the stands of companies, including ASELSAN, FNSS, HAVELSAN, Hexagon Studio, Otokar, ROKETSAN and TAI, and received information from the company representatives about their ongoing projects.
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