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Teknopark Istanbul General Manager Bilal TOPÇU: “We Will Employ 40,000 R&D Engineers in 2030!”

Teknopark Istanbul, established in cooperation with the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), celebrates its 10th anniversary. Within Teknopark Istanbul, the innovation center of the Turkish Defence Industry, there are major companies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, Turkish Aerospace, TEI, STM, BMC, Altınay, C2Tech, Pavotek and Armelsan, which have realized over 1,600 national projects.

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In Teknopark Istanbul is a center of attraction with strong companies operating in focused technology areas.  With each passing day advanced technology projects are realized in critical areas such as aviation/aerospace, maritime, energy and health sciences, especially in the defence industry. The companies within Teknopark Istanbul perform important activities to minimize our country's foreign dependency in high technology and in particular defence industry products, setting sights on Turkey becoming a country that exports technology.

During the press conference held on December 12, 2019, Teknopark Istanbul General Manager Bilal TOPÇU said that they are proud to host the leading R&D projects of the defence industry such as MİLGEM Corvette, ALTAY Main Battle Tank, ANKA UAV, LHD Amphibious Assault Ship.

Emphasizing that major defence industry projects and subsystems such as ALTAY Main Battle Tank produced by BMC, ANKA UAV and T129 ATAK Helicopter of TUSAŞ, the MİLGEM Corvette of STM and the LHD Amphibious Assault Ship of SEDEF Shipyard were realized at Teknopark Istanbul, General Manager TOPÇU said, “We are the most important innovation center where projects are developed that will lead our country to the highest level in R&D and new technologies. We are proud to have such significant companies making great contributions to Turkey's national and domestic technology move under our roof. After the completion of all stages in our teknopark, we aim to achieve an added value of over US$ 10 billion annually to our country’s economy.”

General Manager TOPÇU continued his speech as follows: “In our 10th year, there are over 300 companies and 5,000 R&D engineers at our campus. With the 3rd stage buildings to be commissioned at the end of 2020, we will reach a level of employing of approximately 9,000 people. By 2030 when all stages are completed, we aim to contribute added value of US$ 10 billion to our country's economy by hosting more than 1,000 companies, 300 entrepreneur groups and 40,000 R&D engineers an indoor area of 1 million m².  We will become a focal point of Turkey’s R&D and Innovation Ecosystem.  Also, our incubation center ‘Cube Incubation’ hosting over 90 groups of entrepreneurs will have an area of 10,000 m² by the end of 2020 and will become Turkey's largest and one of the world's renowned incubation centers.”  TOPÇU stated that investments in Teknopark Istanbul without slowing down.

Turkey's Largest Incubation Center to be hosted in 2020!

Significant investments are being made in Cube Incubation which hosts more than 90 entrepreneur groups that conduct R&D studies on innovative and deep technology-based business ideas. TOPÇU noted, “In this regard, we are designing Laboratories and Prototype Workshops to be offered for use by incubation companies within the new block planned to be completed by the end of 2020 within the scope of our 3rd stage activities. Also, shared workspaces, small offices and hybrid offices will be available to our entrepreneurs at the incubation center in the new building. 

Technology Transfer Office and Clusters Attract Attention

Teknopark Istanbul companies, acting with the awareness that R&D studies are necessary to be commercialized, support the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) with 4 technology-focused clusters that they established. While the TTO performs activities for obtaining patents and commercialization of R&D projects, clusters such as SAHA Istanbul (Istanbul Defence and Aerospace Cluster Association), ISEK (Istanbul Health Industry Cluster), Turkey Cyber Security Cluster and HISER Turkish Maritime Cluster undertake important tasks to create a synergy environment with institutions working in related focused technology fields and to determine efficient research areas together. These clusters consist of companies that come together to eliminate foreign dependency, increase the production of national technologies, and to establish an ecosystem that will support our country’s aim to develop the domestic industry.