Turkish companies that chose to invest in research and development activities during the economic slowdown have begun to reap the fruits of this progressive thinking. Companies involved in R&D are now presenting products that are revolutionizing clothing or eliminating waste
The companies that invest in research and development create differences by introducing new and interesting products to the market.
As Turkish industry focuses on production and employment, data from last year suggests the country’s companies are discovering that growth is tied to research and development activities.
Large Turkish companies are growing by allocating significant resources to R&D activities. A total of 10,161 project applications were made in Turkey between 1995 and 2009, according to data from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, or TÜBİTAK. The country spent 3.3 billion Turkish Liras for 6,122 supported R&D projects.
The R&D investments are also an important topic for small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs.
Five SMEs have recently become involved in a new project that aims to eliminate plastic bags from the environment within six months, instead of 200 years, in a project currently being conducted by the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Research and Development Center at Tekstilpark.
Several innovative products
Companies that invest in R&D create differences through launching new and innovative products onto the market and are now beginning to reap their rewards for doing so.
Orka Group, a Turkish textile and apparel group, is designing clothes that prevent cigarette smoke odor using smart fabric and through micro-capsule technology.
In the past, the group has also produced clothes that repel flies as well as garments that spread the smell of perfume and reduce stress.
Fabric will eventually become akin to a computer platform with the new technologies, according to the Orka Group, which allocates 8 percent of its budget to R&D investments.
Fresh & Dry, which first introduced hand wipes to the Turkish market, has developed a version of the product that works against sweat odor when placed under the arms of shirts.
The company, which allocates 3 percent of its budget to R&D investments, employs four people in its R&D team.
Meanwhile, DESA, a Turkish leather and apparel brand, produces jackets that do not heat up, along with jackets that do not show dirt and be used for an extended period of time. DESA allocates 5 million liras for its R&D investments annually and works with a team of 12 people.
Recycling is a popular R&D investment strategy for companies as well. Farplas, a manufacturer of auto lamps, prefers to allocate its R&D investments to reusing dyed plastics. With this application, the company aims to protect the environment while enabling savings. The firm, which allocates 2 million euros for its R&D investments annually, is currently preparing an international R&D program with three international partners.
Bursa-based Burkay Textile has created several curtains, including ones resistant to fire, ones that offer electromagnetic protection as well as anti-bacterial curtains. Reserving 3 percent of its annual budget for R&D activities, the company employs nine people, including six engineers, at its R&D unit.
Yeşim Tekstil, a Bursa-based firm with an R&D team focusing on technical textile and nanotechnology, seeks to roll out new innovations in clothes every year.
The firm especially concentrates on organic clothes and those made from recyclable yarn.
Planning to allocate roughly $2 million for R&D this year, Yeşim operates with a team of nearly 30 people, including engineers from several production units in addition to its R&D team.
Meanwhile, Silk & Cashmere, a brand that mixes silk and cashmere, targets middle-aged groups with its thermal product designs. Balancing heat in line with body temperature, the product can be used at the body’s waist and knees.