Sabah - The UK-based power systems manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, has signed a cooperation agreement with Turkey’s top scientific body, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). According to the deal, Rolls-Royce becomes the first industrial lead and founding member of Turkey’s Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (AMTC), a research and development project established by Turkey’s Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, to develop advanced capabilities for the country’s national projects.
Also endorsed by the Ministries of Energy, Transportation, and Defense, the project, initially aimed at the aerospace industry, has future plans to encompass nuclear energy, maritime technologies, and other sectors.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Fikri Isik, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry, and Technology, said that Turkey’s manufacturing industry is well positioned to grow as a high added-value sector.
Isık added, “We believe that cooperating with experienced companies like Rolls-Royce, with a proven record of success, is important for Turkey in order to develop advanced industrial capabilities. The project will also serve to improve supplier quality and capabilities through its training programs.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, Patrick Regis, CEO of Rolls-Royce Turkey and Central Asia, said that Turkey was planning a world-class manufacturing industry and to become one of the leading nations in defense and aerospace technologies by 2023. He said, “Rolls-Royce has chosen Turkey for its high skill levels, quality labor pool and manufacturing prowess. This initiative will form the regional supply chain to meet the future needs of the aerospace industry.”
The AMTC is open for both international and Turkish companies to join.