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Interview

MKEK Building Competitive Strength in a Changing World and Dynamic Economic Conditions

In this exclusive Defence Turkey interview, Mr. Ahmet Taşkın General Manager of MKEK discusses MKEK investments, transformation and restructuring activities that are positioning Turkey to join the league of very few countries with “Modern Explosives and Munition” production capability. MKEK’s Steel Plant will be launched at the end of 2017, fulfilling defense industry requirements through a maximum level of national industry participation

Issue 78

Defence Turkey:  You’ve been in your position nearly a year as General Manager at the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK). With the new era that has begun with your assignment, which strategies will you engage and what type of a vision will be formed? Do you have a more dynamic, competitive and effective structure on your agenda that adopts a production model based on R&D and design that will elevate MKEK from its existing status?

We identify our mission as “Fulfilling the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TAF) and Security Forces requests based on the defense industry in conventional areas through the delivery of competitive products manufactured via the highest local content rate possible, while providing cost-effectiveness with quality and on-time delivery.  We focus on accomplishing exports in line with enhancing capacity, promoting innovation and R&D activities.”