Aksa Launches Carbon Fibre Production Facility in Turkey

03 August 2010

Turkey’s first facility producing carbon fibre has been put into service in the country’s northwestern province of Yalova.

According to the Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, Industry Minister Nihat Ergün and Ömer Dinçkök, the board chairman of Akkök Group, attended the opening ceremony on Friday. Aksa Akrilik Kimya, an acrylic-based textile and technical fibre manufacturer, opened Turkey’s first carbon fibre production facility in the northwestern province of Yalova last week. Aksa is a subsidiary of the Akkök Group, and the company aims to gain a 10-percent market share.

“The Akkök Group has contributed to the development of the textile industry in Turkey,” said Dinçkök, speaking at the ceremony. “As Turkey’s textile production grew and improved, our company has continued to grow, and we have received more demand.”

Aksa established the facility producing carbon fibre in cooperation with Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council, or TÜBÝTAK, and the Technology and Innovation Funding Programs Directorate, or TEYDEB, Dinçkök said.

“A small number of producers in nine countries are producing carbon fibre. We have integrated Turkey as the 10th country producing carbon fibre in the world,” Dinçkök said, adding that the company plans to introduce the product rapidly into the market. (Dinçkök’s statements were based on the fact that Japan, the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, China and Taiwan are the other countries producing carbon fibre, but Spain was omitted from the list, making Turkey the 10th country producing carbon fibre.) “We will develop our production with aerospace, defence, automotive industry, wind energy facilities, construction and maritime sectors.”

Noting that one of the main aims of the company is to improve “composite industry” to increase the usage of carbon fibre in Turkey, Dinçkök said the industry had room to grow rapidly.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Erdoðan said Aksa invested a total of $456 million between 2003 and 2010, also providing employment during the economic crisis. The iron and steel industry, which has a key role in the foundation of the European Union, has had a great impact on the development of countries, Erdoðan said.

“However, the iron and still industry will leave its place with carbon fiber production,” Erdoðan predicted. “Thanks to this facility established by Aksa, Turkey will have a 1.5-percent market share in the world’s carbon fibre production, which is very important.”

The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Transportation and Communications Binali Yýldýrým, Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuðrul Günay, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yýldýz, Yalova Governor Yusuf Erbay, Yalova Mayor Yakup Koçal, Mustafa Yýlmaz, director general of Aksa, Ali Raif Dinçkök, a board member of Akkök Group and many businesspeople.

Story Courtesy of Hürriyet Daily News

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