Kordsa gives central stage to innovation and R&D in its operations with a view to develop value-added and sustainable technologies that make a difference in all its business lines. Therefore, R&D centers in the Kordsa culture are much more than research and development centers, they are business units. Ideas, studies and developments turn into brand-new products and processes with Kordsa’s experience.
Kordsa is developing the reinforcement technologies of the future with a team of about 100 employees at 2 R&D centers, one in Izmit, the other at Teknopark, composed of 39 technicians, 54 researchers and 7 support staff. Owing to its open innovation mindset, today Kordsa carries out partnerships and projects of global scale, and has become an organization that exports technology to the rest of the world thanks to the efforts at these two centers.
Kordsa’s first R&D center was established in Izmit in 2008. It qualified for a license on April 24, 2009. The research conducted at this center focuses on new technologies and competencies that will increase energy efficiency and decrease carbon dioxide emissions taking into account the environmental impact. The second R&D center is the one at the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence established in 2016 with an investment of 30 million USD in partnership with Sabancı University. The Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey authorized and registered the Center on January 10, 2017, which made it the 344th R&D center in Turkey. This Center is the first carbon fabric and prepreg producer in Turkey that can support all stages from basic research to prototype parts production, as well as one of the notable test centers globally, and one of the leading producers in Europe.
Having received many awards, both R&D centers continue to work as the leading and pioneer R&D centers of Turkey. While the R&D center in Izmit was pronounced the “Best R&D Center – All Sectors” according to the 2014 R&D centers performance index of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, it was designated the “Best R&D Center” in the textile sector for five consecutive years. In the same vein, the Center was awarded the first prize in Innovation Strategy at the Turkey Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week in 2015, and the third prize in 2017. Besides, Kordsa ranked among the organizations with the strongest infrastructure in intellectual property according to the Intellectual Property Competence criteria as assessed by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.
Kordsa, through its mission to “Reinforce Life”, plays a value-added role in shaping the market with the technologies developed in these two R&D centers, where distinctive innovations are created. Reinforcing every two out of 3 aircraft tires, Kordsa is now also capable of reinforcing the wings, hulls, engines and interior components of these aircrafts. Striving to touch more lives, Kordsa today is ready to go beyond the world and reinforce space with a strong perspective of innovation.
- Chemicals and Laboratories Platform
- Industrialization and Approvals Platform
- Rubber Reinforcement Platform
- Construction Reinforcement Platform
- Global Engineering Platform
- Thin films and Flexible Electronics Platform
Kordsa R&D Center is involved in various collaborative projects with: