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Emre ÖZTÜRK: “We Are a Company that Believes in Cooperation More than Competition”

We present an exclusive interview with Anova Group’s founding partner and General Manager Emre ÖZTÜRK on the 18-year adventure of the Anova Group and the point it has reached today as well as the story of the emergence of NUMESYS, which was brought to life in the partnership with Figes in April 2018, the purpose of its establushment and the innovations that the company brought to the Turkish Defense and aerospace Industry.

Issue 109

Defence Turkey: Your company’s journey started in 2003 with the simulation company Anova Engineering and with the inclusion of companies founded in time with new partnerships, Anova Group transformed into a group of companies that provides services to all sectors, in particular to the defense industry, with its R&D activities, that reduce foreign dependency thanks to indigenous products and indigenizes sub-systems. Could you evaluate Anova Group’s 18-year adventure and the point it has reached as of today? What were the critical milestones on your way to success? 

Emre ÖZTÜRK: As three engineers, we started our journey in 2003 at our office on the basement floor of a building and now we are proceeding with around 250 qualified staff at the group of companies you have mentioned. We used to work on a specific field such as the simulation of thermo-fluids in our company’s first years and presently we design sub-systems with their mechanics, electronics, software and equipment, produce and qualify them. We managed to become a critical player in the defense industry’s ecosystem, but we still have a lot to accomplish and there are many areas we need to improve ourselves. Today I consider Anova as a successful company and I believe the most significant factor in this success is our effort to maintain our turnover rate at a low level as a result of the value we attach to our employees. Our dedicated human resources with high levels of sense of belonging and experience are our greatest richness and thanks to them we are capable of executing the indigenization of the critical sub-systems and components that are difficult to procure.