DowAksa Global Composites Center Boosts Turkey’s Aerospace Capabilities

SSM Investment in Prepreg Technology Fosters Strategic Development Partnership Between TAI and DowAksa

Issue 68 - June 2016

DowAksa welcomed officials on Friday, May 13th from the Undersecretariat of Defense Industries (SSM) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to jointly open The DowAksa Global Composites Center. The high technology facility is designed to advance Turkey’s carbon fiber and other reinforcement composites manufacturing mainly for aerospace applications in both defense and commercial aviation, also targeting the infrastructure, marine, wind energy and transportation sectors. DowAksa is a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş.

As a new investment at DowAksa’s global carbon fiber and composites production campus in Yalova, Turkey, the new Global Composites Center is partially funded by SSM under the IPEK Project, which aims to develop innovative carbon fiber and other reinforcement based pre-impregnated materials that will be domestically produced for military and commercial aircraft. As a result of the project, DowAksa will offer Turkish innovations in prepreg materials and process technology to both domestic and global aerospace customers.