The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD), between the "Institute of Rail Transport Technologies" signed a cooperation protocol on the establishment. Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, in his speech at the signing ceremony, said: “The Institute of Rail Transport Technologies will be established in Gebze with 100 expert at TUBITAK MAM Energy Institute. Afterwards, he said that TCDD will also carry out works in Ankara facilities and that 500 R & D personnel are envisaged to reach the number of R & D personnel and that he aims to achieve technological independence in the rail transport sector.
In the Ministry, 11. Varank stated that they emphasized the importance of rail systems in the 2023 Industry and Technology Strategy prepared within the framework of the Development Plan. The Ministry of Transport also plans to invest 15 billion euros in this sector, including infrastructures, in the next 70 year. This amount alone shows us how critical the use of domestic and national resources in rail systems is. ” Varank, signed the protocol on behalf of the catch of technological independence, noting that it is an important step, "Our goal as Turkey, rail catch of technological independence in the transport sector. The cooperation protocol to be signed today will be an important milestone on the way to this independence. With this protocol, we establish an institute in partnership with TUBITAK and TCDD. Thus, not only the user with the contribution of the private sector, we want to be a Turkey which exports technology that meets their needs and develop. "He said.
“R & D Projects will be carried out by TÜBİTAK”
To this end, Varank said that they have examined the successful examples in the world and continued: ük We have seen that the national institutes are playing a key role in the breakthroughs in transportation technologies. Therefore, the Ministry of Industry and Technology and the Ministry of Transport design a similar model. At the first stage, we are establishing the Institute of Rail Transport Technologies at TUBITAK MAM Energy Institute with approximately 100 experts in Gebze. Later, studies will be carried out at TCDD's Ankara facilities. We expect to reach 500 R & D personnel. Thus, R & D projects will be carried out by qualified researchers to be employed by TÜBİTAK. The management and advisory boards of the Institute will be composed of representatives of TUBITAK and TCDD. In order to increase the competence of TCDD, the staff of the institution will be provided with the opportunity to conduct academic studies. ”
“These Goals Are Never Imagined”
Ministers Varank, the first with the establishment of institutes of Turkey's needed railway technology will be designed with local and national resources, to conduct technology transfer agreements with these institutes and also said here that the development of future rail technology. Underlining that the goals set are realistic, Varank said, am I need to emphasize this. I never mentioned these goals. We have strong and innovative entrepreneurs in our country that can turn these goals into concrete products. In June, for the first time at 2018, a Turkish company exported its subway wagons to Thailand. I hope this institute will provide strategic guidance to similar entrepreneurs and help them ”.
“Turkey will be the Leading Exporter of Technology in Rail Transportation with the Cooperation”
Our Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turhan said that with the cooperation established between the two institutions, our country will become a pioneer country exporting technology in rail transportation. In this context, the Minister Turhan stated that the institute will firstly design the railroad technologies needed by our country with national and local facilities and will carry out technology transfer agreements. Minister Turhan said, mevcut After increasing the technological competence of our country, the institute will become an institution working on the railway technologies of the future ”.
İş Cooperation between TÜBİTAK and TCDD Will Form a Great Energy ”
Minister Turhan stated that the Rail Transportation Technologies Institute, which will be established in cooperation with TCDD-TÜBİTAK, will contribute greatly to all these studies and said, “TUBITAK's theoretical knowledge, TCDD's historical field experience, will undoubtedly constitute a great energy. Railway access to this power unit is needed. Because with the increase in railroad investments in our country, the total length of the road and the number of rail vehicles are increasing rapidly. With this increase, the development of the products we need through domestic and national resources has become increasingly critical and strategic. ” Turhan emphasized that the importance of technological independence in the rail transportation sector will be better understood when 2035 billion investments will be made together with the infrastructure investments until the year 70. has done with. In this sense, we are taking a step with the protocol that will be signed 'small for today and very big for the future'. I hope that by establishing an institutional cooperation between TCDD and TÜBİTAK, the institute will be established and our country will become a pioneer country exporting technology in rail transportation. In this context, the institute will firstly design the railroad technologies needed by our country with national and local facilities and carry out technology transfer agreements. After increasing the current technological competence of our country, the institute will become a working institution of the railway technologies of the future.
After the speeches, TUBITAK President Professor. Dr. Hasan Mandal and TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun signed the cooperation protocol on the establishment of Ulaşım Institute of Rail Transport Technologies.. After the signatures, a souvenir photo was taken.