2/1/2012

Turkish technology park supplying high-tech to global brands

Haberturk - Turkey’s METUTECH, operating under the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU-ODTÜ) has gathered a high-profile clientele for its innovative and high-tech output. Among the customers of the 253 technology companies under the park’s roof are aircraft producers Airbus and Boeing and engine producer Rolls-Royce.

The majority of the firms in METUTECH are engaged in research and development (R&D) activities related to IT, electronics, defense, telecommunications and biotechnology, according to METUTECH Deputy Director General, Ufuk Batum. An engine that runs on alternative fuels, jointly developed with Rolls-Royce, software and electronics for Airbus, Boeing and Sikorsky aircraft are a few of the high-tech undertakings currently ongoing in the park. Performance test systems for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Israel’s Wingate Institute are also among the export goods of METUTECH, says Batum.

Out of the park’s 253 firms, 56 percent operate in the field of IT, 22 percent in electronics, 6 percent in telecommunications, and 2 percent in medical research. The remaining 14 percent are engaged in a variety of R&D studies including materials science, aerospace, energy, automotive and environmental technologies. The exports of METUTECH companies have topped USD 200 million with over 200 patents issued.
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