26. October 2015 | Research & Development

ITA-Istanbul – A light beacon project of the textile sector for German-Turkish cooperations

Signing of contract (f.l.t.r.): CEO „Mediterranean Textile and Raw Materials Exporters' Union“ (ATHIB) Zeki Kivanc, CEO „Aegean Tex-tile and Raw Materials Exporters' Union“ (ETHIB) Sabri Ünlütürk, Head of ITA Prof. Thomas Gries, CEO Association ITHIB Ismail Gülle, CEO „Turkish Exporters Assembly“ Mehmet Büyükeksi, Prorector Marmara University Prof. Mehmet Akalin, Head of 3T Uwe Merklein
Source: ITHIB
The long tradition of German-Turkish cooperations will be strengthened and further expanded. The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University and the 3T TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH, Aachen, sign a cooperation agreement with the leading Turkish textile export associations for a common research and development center in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim is to strengthen the German-Turkish economic and scientific relations.

In addition to the Chairman of the Council of Exporters Turkey (TIM), Mr. Mehmet Büyükekşi, the Chairman of Turkey's largest Textile Ex-port Association "Istanbul Textile and Raw Material Exporters Asso-ciation" (ITHIB), Mr. Ismail Gülle, and boards of other partner organi-zations, a variety of senior participants from politics, science and in-dustry was present.

The ceremonial signing of the contract in the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, was followed by the annual Fashion Design Competi-tion initiated by ITHIB for upcoming designers.

The ITA and the transfer company 3T GmbH have established intensive connections with companies, universities and industry associations of the textile sector in Turkey for more than seven years. The aim is to strengthen the partners in Turkey and Germany mutually through joint development projects, exchange of know-how and promotion of commercial and academic training.

In the facility in Istanbul, partners and industrial customers in Turkey will be acquired, supported and involved in joint development projects. In addition, German and Turkish companies will be assisted concerning the development of markets in the respective other coun-try. The transnational co-operation will be supported in particular through intensive partnerships with industrial associations, universi-ties and research institutes in Turkey and further expanded.

The "ITA Istanbul Tekstil Araştırma Geliştirme ve Eğitim Anonim  Şirketi" (ITA-Istanbul) is a research and development center in partnership between the ITA and the leading Turkish Textile Export Associations from the regions Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Adana and Gaziantep. The Management Committee will be largely from the ITA of RWTH Aachen University. Under the management of Dr.-Ing. Bayram Aslan, it will be focused on the central technology fields nonwovens, clothing, decoration, coating and environment. Another business area will be the testing services.

The ITA-Istanbul has as partner university the University of Marmara, and is 30 minutes from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, in a yet to be developed Technology Park of Marmara University. At the Marmara University a lecture on "Technical Textiles" is already beginning this year. The lecture will be help by Dr.-Ing. Bayram Aslan.
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