TSSK Showcases its Capabilities in Engineering and Design at the 6th Project Market

2 Nisan 2019
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The Teknokent Defence Industry Cluster (TSSK), which has made a name for itself with the engineering and design contributions of its members to the sector, highlighted the themes of indigenisation and exports at the 6th Project Market event. Held in Ankara on February 25, the event saw these main themes discussed at length in panels with numerous participants, while the products on display in the showroom illustrated the scope of the works being carried out by the Cluster in relation to these themes.

 

The 6th Project Market event was organised by METU, METU TEKNOKENT and TSSK with the support of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), and in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), the Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO), and the Defence and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association (SASAD). The event, to which MSI TDR also contributed as the Official Publication and Media Sponsor, attracted more than 900 visitors and saw 55 companies opening stands in the showroom area.

 

1_Zeynep_Oktem_MSI_2795TSSK Members Offer High Added Value

The opening speech of the event was delivered by Zeynep Öktem, Chair of the Board of Directors at TSSK. Providing the attendees with a description of TSSK’s mission, which overlaps with the main themes of the event, Öktem said: “Indigenising and producing domestically through national means the critical systems, subsystems and products that are currently being procured from abroad – and which are hence subject to a number of restrictive regulations – requires an advanced level of engineering power as well as indigenous designs. When it comes to engineering and design, companies in technology parks and R&D centres stand out with their qualified and specialised human resources, supported by their easy access to academia and the capabilities of universities. By bringing together more than 140 companies that can mostly be classified as SMEs (Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises) with R&D centres, the TSSK assumes an important mission.”

Öktem shared some figures in her speech about the TSSK:

Companies with particular focus on exports and indigenisation introduced their products and solutions for MSI TDR’s Special Issue for the TSSK 6th Project Market event.

Companies with particular focus on
exports and indigenisation introduced
their products and solutions for
MSI TDR’s Special Issue for the
TSSK 6th Project Market event.

  • The TSSK members employ approximately 2,500 R&D personnel, most of whom hold postgraduate or doctorate degrees.
  • The TSSK member companies are currently engaged in a total of 365 projects related to defence and aerospace.
  • The total turnover of TSSK members for 2017 was ₺1.4 billion.
  • By the end of 2017, TSSK members had exported products or services to more than 40 countries valued at $135 million.

Öktem continued by expanding upon the TSSK’s contribution to exports: “Members of the TSSK have made highly important contributions to exports, both through the products they produce themselves and the components they manufacture for the platforms of prime contractors. The indigenous designs of these companies help in the circumvention of ITAR restrictions, thus making another important contribution to the competitiveness of main systems in foreign markets.”

Öktem expressed their intention to develop collaborations with other clusters: “In the upcoming period, we will start implementing the cooperation protocols signed previously with other clusters, who have kindly joined us here today at this event. It is my hope that we will be able to engage in closer cooperation, organise joint events and allow our members to become acquainted with one another, such that we may foster productive, mutually complementary and sustainable solution partnerships.”

At the end of her speech, Öktem underlined the readiness of the TSSK to meet its challenges: “I would like to reiterate to all prime contractors and procurement authorities, and to the SSB in particular, that when it comes to indigenous and national production, companies of the TSSK are more than ready and willing to do their part.”

 

2_Umit_Guney_MS2_7263HAVELSAN Achieves Growth through Collaborations

Taking the floor after Öktem was Ümit Güney, Deputy General Manager of Operations at HAVELSAN, which was among golden sponsors. Speaking to the audience about HAVELSAN’s Business Partnership Policy and System, Güney said: “The most important feature of the HAVELSAN Business Partnership Policy, which we have been implementing with great diligence since 2016, is the proactive approach that it follows. Through this programme, we have start working with our business partners without waiting for a tangible project to be in hand. Our teams are in close contact, and we know each other [well], which allows us to identify potential areas of cooperation and to add to our skill pool.”

Since 2016, HAVELSAN has signed cooperation protocols with 449 companies, of which 15 are TSSK members. In 2018 alone, HAVELSAN worked with 150 of the companies within its ecosystem.  Nowadays, HAVELSAN makes 99 percent of its purchases from companies within this ecosystem. Güney went on: “Within a period of three years, we started reaping the fruits of the HAVELSAN Business Partnership Policy that we have been implementing following a systematic approach. Since 2016, HAVELSAN’s turnover has increased by 30–40 percent on an annual basis in terms of US dollars, while workforce has increased by 10 percent every year. We think that the greatest reason for this is the Business Partnership System.”

 

 

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TSSK, as ASELSAN’s Indigenisation Partner

Prof. Dr. Sezai Elagöz, Vice President of Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics (MGEO) at ASELSAN, which was another golden sponsor of the event, highlighted the importance attached to clustering and indigenisation by the regulatory authorities. “The Sector Strategy document prepared by SSB emphasises the importance of technology and subsystem ownership for the sustainability of the defence sector. This is an important document that shows the significance of clusters and highlights the road map that we should be following. The 100-Day Action Plan laid out by the Presidency of the Republic reflects the degree of importance of our indigenisation efforts,” he said, before providing two examples of the indigenisation works being conducted by the MGEO department: The environment control unit found on the ASELPOD, for instance, was developed indigenously by a TSSK member, while one of the four companies working on indigenising the motors for the Laser Guidance Kit is also a member of the cluster.

Nurettin Özdebir, President of the Ankara Chamber of Industry, gave a speech after Prof. Dr. Elagöz, in which he highlighted the significant share of Ankara in the production of high technology products in Turkey. According to the figures given by Özdebir, Ankara is producing 20 percent of Turkey’s high technologies.

 

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Emphasis on Human Resources and Funding by the SSB

Murat Şeker, Vice President of Defence Industries, paid particular attention to the topics of human resources and funding: “There are two issues that stand out for the upcoming period: human resources and funding. With regards to human resources, I consider that our country is not facing that big of an issue, and there is in fact a great opportunity ahead of us, as more and more of our best students are opting for engineering as their branch of study. As the number of projects in which we are engaged increases, so does our need for funding. Accordingly, we need to identify sources of funding for our country, and one such source is exports, which is why we should be increasing focus in that direction. Exports also bring us advantages in terms of sustainability, although another important aspect that should be considered in exports is competitiveness. Our companies have to be competitive abroad. Exports are, in a way, an area that tests our mettle, showing us where our products stand and how our quality ranks.”

Şeker went on to share his thoughts about the structure of the sector: “As of today, we have covered considerable distance in improving the structure of our sector, although we are far from attaining the sound and healthy structure we desire. We have to work more on this, and we all have our own part to play in this regard. [To achieve this structure], there are certain works that we need to be done by us, the procurement authority, while others need to be dealt with by our prime contractors. We need establish relations between prime contractors, clusters and subcontractors on solid and healthy foundations, as I believe that once we achieve this, we will be able to reach even greater heights.”

The final speech of the opening session was delivered by Prof. Dr. Mehmet T. Zeyrak, Vice Rector of METU, who described the importance of the defence and aerospace sector for the university and Teknokent, explaining that nearly 30 percent of companies in METU Teknokent are engaged in works in this field.

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Different Perspectives of the Sector’s Future

The first panel held during the event was entitled “Panel on the Future of the Turkish Defence and Aerospace Sector,” which was moderated by Fatih Ünal, General Manager of SDT and Chairman of the Board at TSSK, and saw Abdurrahman Şeref Can, Head of the SSB Department of Fixed Wing Platforms; Hüseyin Baysak, Secretary General of SaSaD; and Ömer Korkut, Deputy General Manager of STM, share their thoughts on the subject.

Abdurrahman Şeref Can, Head of the SSB Department of Fixed-Wing Platforms, spoke in particular about the ongoing air platform projects, summarising the situation in the sector from the standpoint of design, production and management:

  • The sector currently lacks experience in the design of transonic and supersonic platforms, and for this reason, there is an ongoing collaboration with BAE Systems within the scope of the National Combat Aircraft (TF-X) project.
  • The sector is capable of producing platforms and platform subsystems. The sector in Turkey is quite competitive with regards to man-hour figures, and is also ahead of its rivals in terms of delivery times and quality.
  • Regarding the maintenance of air vehicles, Turkey’s is in a good position in both the military and civil markets, providing services not only to its own platforms, but also to those of other countries.

Can shared the following remarks concerning the future of the TF-X. “The TF-X is, and must be, a joint programme. There are countries with whom we are meeting in different parts of the world, including in Europe and Asia, and we will eventually shake hands [with some of them] and include them within the programme.”

Can added that they are currently holding intensive meetings to flesh out Turkey’s road map for air platform subsystems.

 

10_Huseyin_Baysak_MS2_7905Hüseyin Baysak, Secretary General of SaSaD, listed the 10 greatest risks currently being faced by the global defence and aerospace sector:

  1. Uncertainties in the geopolitical and economic environment
  2. Management challenges resulting from vast supply chains, and the associated risk of delays in deliveries
  3. Competition in the national and international markets
  4. The shortage of qualified personnel, and managing the loss of such personnel
  5. Inability to manage critical contracts
  6. The need to comply with a broad range of regulations and restrictions
  7. The need for considerable funding associated with innovative studies and the transfer of their outputs to production
  8. The failure of mergers and partnerships (including Joint Ventures) in delivering expected results
  9. The risk of cyber attacks resulting from increased digitalisation
  10. The fluctuations observed in foreign currency rates and the prices of raw materials, materials, etc.

11_Omer_Korkut_MS2_7944Ömer Korkut, Deputy General Manager of STM, addressed the topics of autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, with particular focus on the latter : “In general, people tend to prioritise what they can see tangibly, meaning that certain abstract notions tend to be given lower priority, and cybersecurity is one such area,” he said, continuing: “It is worth reminding that NATO considers cybersecurity to be the fifth battlefield after land, sea, air and space. [Cybersecurity] has a central place for us all, not just for states and institutions, but for individuals as well.” Stressing the importance of intelligence in cybersecurity efforts, Korkut noted that current discussions around the world are mulling the idea of responding to cyber attacks with counterattacks.

Speaking about the ongoing projects at STM, Korkut said that STM’s KARGU autonomous rotary wing attack drone had now entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and security forces, and that they expected their fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles to be added to the inventory some time this year.

He went on to emphasize the importance of artificial intelligence for both autonomous systems and cybersecurity, before broaching the issue of the shortage of qualified persons in the field of cybersecurity, arguing that this shortfall could be compensated for with artificial intelligence, and that there is a significant potential in this regard. He recommended the TSSK members direct their works and efforts towards this area.

Answering a question from the audience, Korkut had the following point to make about exports: “Orchestration is crucial in exports. When we go abroad [to make exports], the players involved must, beforehand, set up a game plan, such that they don’t [step on each other’s feet]. This is highly important. STM has experienced these types of problems from time to time.”

After delivering a speech entitled “The History of the Turkish Defence Industry” at the event, Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı received a gift from Zeynep Öktem, Chair of the Board of TSSK, to commemorate the day and event.

After delivering a speech entitled “The History of the Turkish Defence Industry” at the event, Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı received a gift from Zeynep Öktem, Chair of the Board of TSSK, to commemorate the day and event.

Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı Enlivens the Event

Following the first panel of the event. Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı gave a speech entitled, “The History of the Turkish Defence Industry” in which   he discussed the developments from the Ottoman Period to the Early Period of the Republic of Turkey through different perspectives, attracting considerable interest from both the event’s participants and METU students.

 

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Sector Recognises the Importance of Exports

The second panel of the event was entitled “The Export Panel”, which was moderated by Burak Akbaş, Director of International Sales, Marketing and Corporate Reputation at Meteksan Defence and a Member of the Board at TSSK. The panel’s speakers included Dr. Murat Ceran, Head of the SSB Department of International Cooperation; Mustafa Ali Yurdupak, Head of the Department of SME and Clustering in the Ministry of Trade; Engin Yalçın, Branch Director in the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI); Selcen Gülsüm Aslan Özşahin, National Contact Point for TÜBİTAK Horizon 2020 Secure Societies Programme; and Ceyhun Süer, Programmes Director for the Middle East and Far East at FNSS.

Dr. Murat Ceran, Head of SSB Department of International Cooperation, reminded that, in parallel with the development of the sector, exports had become one of the highest ranking items on its agenda:  “Had we held this meeting about 10 years ago, exports would not have been part of discussions. We would more likely have dwelt on how we could roll out defence industry products and platforms, but today, the situation has changed. Nowadays, Turkish defence sector companies possess the capabilities to design and produce any type of platform, which is why our current focus is now on exporting these defence sector products to foreign markets. Exports are indispensable for the sustainability of the defence sector ecosystem.”

Dr. Ceran also shared some figures concerning the activities of the SSB Department of International Cooperation:

  • Active reporting on, and tracking of, over 130 countries.
  • Following up more than 500 projects involving direct cooperation and exports to 70 countries.
  • Over 70 delegation visits in 2018.
  • Participation at 16 exhibitions in 2018, eight of which involved Turkey’s participation at a national level.
  • Defence sector cooperation meeting with 17 countries in 2018.

Dr. Ceran also shared a number of developments on the export front with his audience:

  • The signing of an agreement between Turkey and the Philippines in December for the implementation of the interstate agreement inked earlier by the two countries, which effectively removes the last obstacles for the sale of T129 ATAK helicopters to the Philippines. Accordingly, Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Philippines will finally be able to hold contractual negotiations. Commenting on this development, Dr. Ceran said: “We are planning to deliver six ATAK helicopters to the Philippines within this year.
  • Dr. Ceran said that after developing the KAPLAN MT medium-class tank jointly with FNSS, Indonesia is now allocating a substantial budget to the serial production of the platform.
  • Turkey and Qatar signed an $800 million agreement in 2018 that covers the production and delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), armoured land vehicles, training ships and coast guard boats, all of which are currently ongoing.
  • Two Turkish shipyards have won tenders issued by Oman for boats of different lengths.

Noting their plans to raise their export targets even higher, Dr. Ceran said:  “Although export figures are currently above $2 billion, the Programme of the Presidency of the Republic, which shall soon be announced, is likely to increase this figure several fold. So we are now waiting for an exciting and equally challenging target, and are continuing our works on devising strategies [to meet such targets]. We especially want to meet, one-to-one, with leading defence companies to obtain a snapshot, so to speak, of their current status. We want to see what they are doing to reach these numbers, what types of works are they carrying out, and how actively their business development and marketing units are working. Once we uncover all this, we will present our report to the upper management [of the SSB] some time in April. We plan to include [this report] in the final declaration of the Defence Industry Council meeting that will be held in October and November.”

 

 

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Mustafa Ali Yurdupak, Head of the Department of SME and Clustering at the Ministry of Trade, provided information on the different supports provided by his department, highlighting that there are eight product development projects currently underway in the defence and aerospace sector. The Ministry of Trade has also started to provide support for participation in the Global Supply Chains programme, in which support and grants are provided directly to companies on a project basis. Through this programme, companies can obtain support of up to 50 percent and $1 million for machinery, equipment, software and hardware they need to work with global prime contractors.

Engin Yalçın, Branch Director at the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI), informed the audience about the latest activities of the SSI. The SSI’s membership has reached 700, and took part in nine exhibitions in 2018 in cooperation with the SSB. In 2019, Turkey will participate at a national level at exhibitions held in the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Kuwait under the lead of the SSB, and with the organisation of the SSI. The SSI will also organise participation at a national level at the IWA, the Paris Air Show, Aircraft Interiors, and Arms and Security events. For some of these, SSI will cover all participation fees, including the construction of stands.

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Selcen Gülsüm Aslan Özşahin, National Contact Point for the TÜBİTAK Horizon 2020 Secure Societies, provided an overview of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme in which Turkey is participating. Within the scope of this programme, the list of the Most Successful Turkish Industrial Enterprises between 2014–2018 includes ROKETSAN from the defence and aerospace sector, and ROKETSAN also ranks sixth in terms of the support received from the programme, having obtained €700,000 from the programme to date.

Ceyhun Süer, Programmes Director for the Middle East and Far East at FNSS, said that FNSS’ total exports have exceeded $2.6 billion since its foundation, and listed the factors underlying its success in the field of exports.

  • First and foremost, Süer emphasised the importance of determination and dedicated effort: “Since its foundation, our partners have shown great determination in ensuring the continuity and growth of the company, and have assigned a highly professional management team to this end. This management team established a number of goals for itself, and worked diligently and meticulously to attain them.”
  • Süer also noted that, for exports, products need to possess certain features: “You need to have a products that are exportable. If your products do not have at least the same level of technical characteristics as those of your rivals, or if you cannot at least offer an equivalent level of quality and performance, then you will be out of luck. You have to propose a product that has a better price-to-performance ratio than your competitors, although this in itself will not be enough. You must also provide continuous and seamless support throughout the lifecycle of your products, and provide assurances to your customers in this regard.” Süer added that the continuity of exports also depends on the constant diversification of the range of products offered to customers.
Members of the TSSK Board of Directors

Members of the TSSK Board of Directors

  • He said that each country has its own characteristics, and that these need to be taken into consideration when working on exports. “For every country, there is a need to develop different strategies and tactics. We offer tailored solutions that can meet the requirements of different users, and one of the most important factors behind our success is our ability to fulfil customer requests to the letter. Knowing the culture of the target country is also important. Depending on the circumstances, not knowing how to behave, eat or drink [in different cultural settings] may even cause you to lose business,” he said.
  • Süer also stressed the importance of patience. “Looking at the land defence systems sector in general, it may take between five to seven years between the time a need emerges and the drawing up of the project contract. So if you lose your cool in this process and throw in the towel, you will lose business. What is important is being patient, judiciously analysing the situation, and developing tactics and strategies that will give you the desired results,” he said.
  • Another significant topic touched upon by Süer was showing to customers the importance you attach to them, and making this apparent to officials at all levels in the customer company.
  • On the subject of trust, Süer said: “Establishing and maintaining the trust of your customers is simply a must. The more open you are with your customers about your products and services, the more trust you can build with them. This is because your rivals will be keeping a close track of you and your products. If there are points or information that you do not disclose [about your products], but which are instead shared by your rivals with the customers, it will have a negative impact [on your standing].”
  • In all of the export projects it has concluded to date, FNSS has tested its platforms and systems at least once under the local conditions of its customer’s region or country before inking the final contract, and Süer underlined that this had provided them a significant advantage in many respects.
  • Süer also said that delineating requirements together with the customer from the very first day, and treating them as members of the project team, brings many advantages in the ensuing stages.
  • Another point Süer highlighted was the need to be flexible when working to meet the customer’s requirements, and when dealing with new requests that may emerge over the course of a project.
  • Süer said that one of the pillars of their success had been their flexible cooperation model: “FNSS is a company with a deeply-rooted corporate culture of working as a team with both the user and the [local] industries in different countries. Depending on the preferences of the user, we can apply a wide array of different project models. Based on the existing capabilities of local industries, our works can take a wide spectrum of different formats, from the transfer of technology to joint development projects. Examples of this include the joint production we carried out in Malaysia; the joint development programme in Indonesia; and the joint factory we operate in Saudi Arabia.”

After listing all of these factors, Süer concluded his speech with FNSS’ plans for the future: “Our export strategy for the future consists of engaging in local markets [in other parts of the world] based on a win-win approach, trust and cooperation. Malaysia and Saudi Arabia have become our local markets, and we are now conducting projects with Oman and Indonesia where we have taken significant steps towards gaining a local foothold.”

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Indigenisation Efforts Continue with Determination

The final panel of the event was entitled “The Panel on Indigenisation”, and was moderated by Zeynep Öktem, General Manager of NANObiz and Chair of the Board at TSSK. During the panel, Murat Çizgel, Head of the SSB Department of Industrialisation; Mustafa Lutfi Civelek, Group Coordinator at the TÜBİTAK Defence and Security Technologies Research and Support Group (SAVTAG); Bilal Aktaş, General Manager of TRTEST, and Ali Şarlak, Procurement Director at ROKETSAN, shared their views on the subject with the attendees.

 

Burak Akbaş, Director of International Sales, Marketing and Corporate Reputation at Meteksan Defence and Member of the Board at TSSK, handed a plaque over to Şebnem Asil, Business Development Coordinator at MSI TDR, the Official Publication and Press Sponsor of the event.

Burak Akbaş, Director of International Sales, Marketing and Corporate Reputation at Meteksan Defence and Member of the Board at TSSK, handed a plaque over to Şebnem Asil, Business Development Coordinator at MSI TDR, the Official Publication and Press Sponsor of the event.

Murat Çizgel, Head of the SSB Department of Industrialisation, provided an update of the latest developments in the SSB’s practices, explaining that the upcoming period will not see any significant changes in industrial participation and offset principles, although some procedural changes will be made. He said that the SSB will be compiling lists of indigenousness in which the component breakdown of different products/configurations will be analysed one-by-one, allowing the determination of which components need to be developed indigenously, as well as which company will be assigned to the task.

In the upcoming period, the SSB will also implement a concept known as Industrial Cooperation, in which the SSB will matchmake foreign companies with Turkish SMEs to promote cooperation. Furthermore, at an administrative level, projects formerly categorised as Technology Development Liabilities will be combined with Category C projects to create a new category, named Technology and Product Acquisition Projects, which will emphasise product development.

The SSB will also support clusters centred around specific themes, and is currently working on a new system to provide purchase guarantees for products that have been supported with R&D grants.

Another project on the SSB’s docket is the Capability Inventory (YETEN), through which the SSB hopes to render the sector’s inventory of capabilities more manageable. Once the YETEN database has been established, it will be utilised to support and orient investments.

 

21_Mustafa_Civelek_MS2_8525Mustafa Lutfi Civelek, General Coordinator of TÜBİTAK SAVTAG, gave a description of SAVTAG’s activities, which includes developing prototypes for capabilities that have been confirmed and requested by procurement authorities between Technology Readiness Levels 3 and 6. Civelek noted, however, that their activities do not include preparing a product for serial production, or responding to any urgent needs that may arise in the field.

Civelek then identified three areas in which improvements need to be made: “We should not pursue a goal of having the best of capabilities that already exist in the world. Instead, we should look for capabilities that have yet to be developed, that are unknown, and that will have a surprise effect [once launched]. We must develop our industry not by asking ‘What do we have?’, but rather by asking ‘What do we need?’. Finally, we should get out of the habit of developing the necessary combat system capabilities in parallel, or concurrently, with the construction projects of the platforms [that will utilise them].”

Civelek shared the following remarks concerning the upcoming period: “At TÜBİTAK SAVTAG, we will promote a new R&D project planning model that will consist of several stages, and that will involve an element of competition.  We have already laid out the principles and procedures for this. We will support the outputs of need planning activities with [comprehensive] programmes rather than projects. So after we are assigned individual projects by the relevant procurement authorities, we will work to convert them into broader programmes, and shall conduct them as such. It is also worth noting note that in SAVTAG projects, we have practically banned the use of non-indigenous hardware and software. Previously, there were times when the [emphasis on indigenous components] had been relaxed to speed up the process technologically, or to enable [indigenous] capabilities to develop in a more gradual, stepwise fashion. However, from now on, we are working to keep this at a zero level.”

Members of the TSSK Board of Directors seen together with the event’s sponsors

Members of the TSSK Board of Directors seen together with the event’s sponsors

 

22_Bilal_Aktas_MS2_8550Bilal Aktaş, General Manager of TRTEST, said that his company would be playing an important role in the development of the sector, summarizing his thoughts by saying “While many companies of the sector have rolled out impressive products, it is now time for these products to be crowned with testing and certification.” Aktaş emphasised that TRTEST is not, in any form, a competitor or alternative to any existing organisation.

Experiencing an intensity of activities since its launch of operations, TRTEST’s portal has seen, in a period of only three or four months, the registration of 1,687 accredited laboratories, along with 5,122 different laboratory and testing capabilities. Moreover, TRTEST has also inked a number of solution partnership contracts with various companies that offer testing solutions, and the company is now readying itself to offer different types of services to sector. One such activity is to act as a reference for products that have not yet entered any inventory. Companies will thus be able to test their products under the supervision of TRTEST, and, after passing these tests in TRTEST-certified facilities, to present their certification to procurement authorities as a form of reference. Basically, they will be able to say “I had my product tested under the supervision of TRTEST, and it passed its tests successfully.”

TRTEST has already started compiling a library of procedures for the execution of a host of different tests, and this library will naturally become richer over time, serving as a reference that other companies can also benefit from.

TRTEST also envisages contributing to different projects starting from the system requirement identification stage.

 

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Ali Şarlak, Procurement Director at ROKETSAN, spoke about the company’s indigenisation efforts, and highlighted their approach to cooperation. “ROKETSAN does not produce by itself any of the indigenous and national products that are already being made in Turkey. Instead, it does so together with many highly competent industrial enterprises that can be found within our country’s borders. It has no reservations about sharing information, and wishes to build a system based on trust. With this goal in mind, we established a new system in 2015, [and in this process] we looked for new solution partners and visited all industries. Actually, our visits in this regard are continuing. In the first stage of these works, we identified 45 companies with sufficient capabilities to become solution partners.”

Following the third and final panel, the 6th Project Market event concluded with the handing over of plaques to the organisations that sponsored the event.

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