The Advanced Composite Materials Research and Excellence Center (IKMAMM) was established by the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTSO) in order to contribute to the sustainability of the sectors, which produce and use advanced composite materials, and to strengthen the R&D infrastructure of the industry.
Implemented in Demirtaş Organized Industrial Zone with an investment amounting to 17 million Turkish Lira, IKMAMM will serve industrialists both as an R&D and test center.
Mustafa Varank, the Minister of Industry and Technology, joined the opening ceremony of IKMAMM, which was established by BTSO with the support of Bursa Eskişehir Bilecik Development Agency (BEBKA), within the structure of Bursa Technology Coordination and R&D Center (BUTEKOM). IKMAMM, which will play a critical role in the transition of the industry of Bursa to technological products with higher added value and sectoral transformation, aims to make Bursa a base of technology in the field of composite materials, which are considered as the technology of the future.
Prototype Infrastructure with 20 Different Tests and 5 Different Methods
IKMAMM, which will lead R&D studies in the sector, will serve in a wide range of expertise from prototype production to testing and analysis activities. The center, which offers prototype infrastructure with 20 different tests and 5 different methods in the field of composites, draws attention especially with its strong equipment in the field of sample production. In the center, there are technologies available such as cleanroom, autoclave, RTM molding, thermoplastic molding presses, curing oven, pre-preg machine for composite materials.
Most Comprehensive Combustion Laboratory of Turkey
IKMAMM, possessing one of the most comprehensive combustion laboratories in Turkey, will enable the combustion tests of the equipment to be used in the rail systems, automotive, and aviation industries. Industrialists will be able to perform these tests, which they previously had to perform at high costs abroad, at IKMAMM in a fast and reliable way at much more affordable costs.
Active Support for University-Industry Collaboration
IKMAMM, in addition, will undertake an important mission at the point of developing university-industry collaboration. The center will enable the development of specific projects within the scope of university-industry cooperation with companies, which produce composite materials. The Ministry of Industry and Technology will provide technical support to 25 SMEs through IKMAMM in the next 3 years to develop and commercialize advanced technology products. In addition, within the scope of TÜBİTAK Industry-Doctorate Program, 23 doctoral students will work together with the researchers, R&D, and production processes expert IKMAMM team.
‘‘A New Structure Organizing the Composites Industry’’
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the center, which was organized with GUHEM, Mustafa Varank, the Minister of Industry and Technology stated that in the coming years, being mainly in automotive, composite materials would be used extensively in many sectors such as textile, defense, aviation, and rail systems because of their superior endurance and environmentally friendly qualities. Emphasizing that developing composite materials requires very serious knowledge accumulation and R&D infrastructure, Minister Varank continued his statement as follows, ‘‘We established IKMAMM so that the industry of Bursa can acquire new capabilities in developing these materials. The companies will have the opportunity to carry out the R&D activities, which they cannot realize in-house, by using the infrastructures here. We need to see this place not only as a research center but also as a new structure organizing the composites industry. We will accelerate the commercial development of the companies through the capabilities of the center. Therefore, we are bringing in an infrastructure that offers much more than R&D. In other words, we both improve the existing capabilities of the industry and enable it to acquire new capabilities.’’
‘‘An Investment Made in the Future of Bursa’’
Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman İbrahim Burkay expressed that they have taken decisive steps with the goal of creating a leading Bursa that produces high technology and added value since the day he took the office. Burkay stated that, through IKMAMM, they aim to improve the production capability of industrialists in Bursa in the composite materials sector, which is a very strategic field. He continued with the following statements, ‘‘With the vision, which we have put forward as BTSO, we aim to direct our industrialists to high value-added business areas. In addition to our traditional sectors such as automotive, textile, and machinery, our target is to make Bursa a global player in sectors such as rail systems, composite, aviation, and defense. At this point, IKMAMM is a very important investment in the future of our city. Our companies in the composite sector, which is called the material of the future, will have the opportunity to develop these technologies starting today.’’
‘‘We Will Establish Two More Excellence Centers’’
The Chairman Burkay noted that IKMAMM, the second center of excellence they brought to Bursa after the Textile and Technical Textile Center of Excellence within the body BUTEKOM, has a strong R&D infrastructure required for the production and development of original products in the composite sector. He finalized his remarks on the subject with the following statements, ‘‘We expect all industrialists to benefit from the facilities of our center. We aim to bring two more excellence centers to Bursa in the fields of nanotechnology and micromechanics-microelectronics in the near future.’’