ITU ARI Teknokent Grew 11% in R&D Exports in 2016

Feb 13, 2017, 14:50
ITU ARI Teknokent, in 2016, grew by 11 percent compared to the last year in R&D exports and maintained its support to the country's economy. The sector in which R&D exports grew the most with 447 percent was biotechnology, followed by environmental technology with 294 percent growth. In 2016, ITU ARI Teknokent's other sectors that showed growth in R & D exports were listed as energy, electronics, information and communication technologies, and automotive.

ITU ARI Teknokent General Manager Kenan Çolpan stated that ITU ARI Teknokent has achieved great success in this direction as well: "The number of technoparks in Turkey has reached almost 60. We as ITU ARI Teknokent are committed to the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. We are working on the formation and dissemination of R & D culture in our country. If we look at the world as a whole, if the share allocated to R & D is more than 3 per cent of the national income, these countries are defined in the 'developed country' category. In our case, before technoparks were established, it was approaching zero. After teknoparks were established, this share started to rise and today our national share of R & D is close to 1 percent. For this reason, the contribution of technoparks also increased. As ITU ARI Teknokent, we are also carrying out studies to support the technology initiatives that will contribute to the exports of the country and to transform the companies into international brands by taking the companies one step forward. We see the contribution we made to R & D exports together with our successful companies last year as a great source of pride."

KENAN-COLPAN

ITU ARI Teknokent, which added value to the country's economy with 250 companies in 6 different sectors last year, aims to continue to grow in 2017 as well.