Despite the global economic difficulties experienced during the pandemic period, ASPİLSAN Energy continued its steady growth in 2021 as well. Making a statement about the works carried out in 2021, Ferhat Özsoy, General Manager of ASPİLSAN Energy, said: "Both the pandemic and economic difficulties have affected us, like many other companies. However, despite the pandemic and global economic problems, we have made significant progress in 2021.
Our li-ion battery production facility investment, which we started and continues with the support of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, has become ASPİLSAN Energy's most important issue this year in terms of transformation and growth. This is an important and strategic project for our country as well, and I can say that with this awareness, we have given all our attention to the realization of the project. Our work for this facility, where we expect mass production of batteries to begin in the first half of 2022, constituted the main activity in our focus. Making this investment in a short time was possible with serious effort.
Our R&D Studies Continued
In addition to new commercial batteries, we started high-tech battery design projects for ASELSAN, TAI and Roketsan products, and we have made significant progress here as well. These batteries will make significant contributions to the domestic and national production of our country's critical defense systems. As an institution of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, our primary goal is to meet the battery and battery needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. On the other hand, developments in battery technology and battery systems are now included in the whole of life. As ASPİLSAN Energy, we have come a long way in producing batteries locally and nationally. In this context, we primarily aim to understand the needs of all sectors and to produce solutions together with them. In this way, we aim to reduce the current account deficit with solutions that will meet all the needs of our country, while increasing the domesticity rate of the battery we will produce.
In addition, we have completed the establishment of an infrastructure that is capable of developing and designing batteries and supporting raw material producers at our Ankara R&D Center. In this R&D center, which will be a base for our country's battery studies, we serve all our stakeholders regarding all kinds of tests, small or large, for battery production and development. Similarly, thanks to a contract we signed with TUBITAK Rail Transport Technologies Institute (RUTE), we are jointly carrying out battery development studies.
Our Istanbul R&D Center, on the other hand, left an important stage behind by revealing the first prototypes of its work on hydrogen and fuel cells this year. We presented both our electrolyzer and fuel cell prototypes to the public at SAHA EXPO. The importance of these works became even more evident after the signing of the Paris Convention. This year, we have exceeded an important level in this regard.
Our Product Portfolio Expanded In Non-Defense Sectors
When we look at new markets and products, we entered an important market by localizing various rail system batteries this year. In parallel with the metro and train investments made in our country, we got the results of our investments in the field of rail system batteries this year, and we supplied our first domestic Rail System batteries to our enterprises and manufacturers.
In addition, we started to give our first products for different naval platforms this year. In addition, we decided to produce batteries for household appliances together with Arçelik, and we took another step into a new market. Again, we started to supply our products to two different sectors with our telecom batteries and e-mobility batteries. Thanks to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, which we completed this year, we also entered the civil aviation market. In this respect, we can say that 2021 has been an important year of transformation for ASPİLSAN Energy.
Our Personnel Number Has Increased Over 100 Percent
ASPİLSAN Energy has grown by over 2021 percent in terms of employment in 100 and the number of our employees, which was around 100 at the beginning of the year, reached 235 at the end of the year.
ASPİLSAN Energy continued to grow rapidly in 2021, especially with the support of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation. In this growth, notably ASELSAN, TUSAŞ, Roketsan and HAVELSAN also provided significant support and contributions.”