Following the emergence of new images of the Turkish national and national car TOGG, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, the Turkish automobile TOGG will have started production by the end of the year. He said that TOGG did very well in all the tests.
Due to Turkey’s official participation in the Horizon Europe program, the opening event of the Horizon Europe program was organized by TÜBİTAK. In the event that started yesterday and will end today at a hotel in Istanbul Ataşehir, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Demirören News Agency (DHA) made special statements. Regarding the sharing of new TOGG images on the official social media account, Kacir said, “Turkey’s car project, which our nation is watching closely and looking forward to, is in our focus right now. By the end of the year, the Turkish automobile TOGG will have started production. In recent days, videos of testing under heavy snow and icy conditions in minus 40 degrees cold have also received a lot of attention. TOGG passes all these tests very well. “This is a critical step for us, we will take new steps in energy technologies and focus on breakthrough areas,” he said.
TURKEY HAS NOT CREATED ANY R&D AND INNOVATION INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS
Kacir, who assessed the R&D and innovation success that Turkey has shown in recent years, said: “The success we have had in recent years has emerged largely thanks to the ecosystem that has been established over the past 20 years. Over the past 20 years, Turkey has created R&D and innovation infrastructure from scratch. We have technoparks all over Turkey. More than 7,000 of our companies are carrying out research and development-oriented studies in more than 80 technoparks, he said.
WE ARE THE COUNTRY THAT CAN COMPETITIVELY EXPORT HIGH-TECH PRODUCTS TO THE WORLD
Kacir, The number of R&D and design centers in our private sector has exceeded 1,500. While the share we allocate to R&D of our national income was around 5 per thousand, it has exceeded 1%. While there were around 20,000 R&D employees in Turkey in the early 2000s, this number has now increased to 200,000. While the annual number of patent applications in Turkey was around 400, it has now increased to over 8,000. Therefore, we have now created a large capacity and we have started to see the results. Today, Turkey has become a country capable of developing essential high-tech products locally and nationally and exporting them competitively to the world. We saw the first examples of this in the defense industry. Now we see these examples quickly spreading to other sectors as well,” he said.
THE WORLD WATCHES OUR SUCCESS
Stating that Turkey has achieved great success in the defense industry, Kacir said Turkey’s basic approach, both in the defense industry and now in civilian technologies, is to focus on areas where technological change and paradigm shift is taking place. We achieved this in aviation, unfortunately, Turkey was not one of the countries that built airplanes and helicopters in the 20th century. When we come to the 21st century, technological developments have brought unmanned aerial vehicles, which we can now call robot planes, to the fore. Instead of focusing on traditional areas, we focused on this innovative area. In the space of 10 to 15 years, we managed to become the world’s leading country in this field. Now the whole world is watching and following our success. In fact, there are similar opportunities in all fields. We are seeing similar paradigm shifts in electric cars, self-driving cars, genetic technologies in health, energy, and next-generation nuclear energy technologies. Our main policy approach is to focus on these paradigm shifts and thus be ahead of our competitors in the race, he said.
WE WILL ACCELERATE OUR STEPS TOWARDS NEXT-GENERATION HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES
Expressing that they will focus on game-changing areas, Kacir said, “As we continue to develop areas such as renewable energy, we will also provide support for next-generation projects. After a long time, national vaccines started to be produced in Turkey. We have gained great experience during the pandemic period. We owe this experience to the work we carry out in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, the Ministry of Health, TÜBİTAK and TÜSEB. In the coming period, we will accelerate our steps towards next-generation health technologies,” he said.
THE NUMBER OF TURKCORNS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE
Pointing out that there are many startups in finance and gaming tech, Kacir said, “While tech startups that exceed a $1 billion valuation are called unicorns around the world, we call them turkcorn turkish unicorns. Turkey now has 6 turkcorns. Their number will continue to increase in the coming period. Some of them are worth more than ten billion dollars. We see that our interlocutors talk with great pleasure about the service they received Turkcorns from Turkey. We are also very proud of that. Hopefully we will increase the number of examples that have achieved similar global successes,” he said.