Turkey Setting Sail to Become a World Player in the Chip Industry

AB-MikroNano, established by the Aselsan

Tarih: Issue 58 - February 2015

National Defence Minister, Mr. İsmet Yılmaz, Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Prof. İsmail Demir, Bilkent University Rector, Prof. Abdullah Atalar, TÜBİTAK President, Prof.Yücel Altunbaşak, Aselsan,The Chairman of the board of directors Dr. Hasan Canpolat   which will be located at the Bilkent University Campus.

Mr. Ismet Yılmaz, National Defence Minister, gave a speech at the ceremony stating that he was pleased to be at the ceremony and used the expression “We are cutting down one other string holding the arms of Turkey. In comparison to yesterday, Turkey will be one more step forward in freedom, one more step forward in power, and one more step forward in self-esteem.  Mr. Yılmaz saying “You cannot purchase gallium nitrate based chip technology even if you had the funds, no matter how much value it has” emphasized that Turkish exports trippled, increasing from 36 billion dollars in 2002 to over 150 billion dollars in 2012. Mr. Yılmaz pointed out that they have an export target of 500 billion dollars in 2023, stating “Can we succeed in this? We can achieve it, but how? We certainly must produce products with high value added.”  Yılmaz drew attention to the example that in the case of Atak helicopter exports they would be sold for 5 thousand dollars per kilogram and in the case of a satellite export, such as Göktürk-2, the export sales price would be 200 thousand dollars per kilogram. He said “However with the products to be produced at this factory as well as the gallium nitrate based chips it will be 10 million dollars per kilo. By how much will it multiply? 50 times more than the satellite. If Turkey produces such products with high value added there is no doubt that we will catch the 2023 targets as well “. Yılmaz, explaining that the export figures of the 10 biggest economies in the world, whereas those of the smallest is 500 billion, said that Turkey will be amongst the top 10 economies in the world when it reaches this figure in 2023.