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Kordsa opens new technical centre in California to design next-generation advanced materials

Kordsa, a global leader in reinforcement and advanced material technologies announces the grand opening of its third technical centre, this time in North America, in Santa Ana California, through its subsidiary Axiom Materials Inc.

Kordsa opens new technical centre in California to design next-generation advanced materials
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The new technical centre Kordsa Advanced Materials Inc. Technical Center strengthens Kordsa’s commitment to global innovation and “innovate everywhere” vision. The centre will focus on developing cutting-edge materials specifically for the mobility, aviation, and space technology sectors.

The new technical centre will house a team of specialised scientists and engineers dedicated to researching and developing next-generation materials. Their focus areas will include high-temperature-resistant materials for jet engines, hypersonic flight systems, and hydrogen fuel cells. Additionally, the centre will explore sustainable solutions for commercial aviation, and interior and structural applications, alongside bio-based and recyclable materials for the mobility sector.

Kordsa’s CEO İbrahim Özgür Yıldırım stated: “Customer proximity is not limited to production facilities, but also in keeping up with cutting-edge technology and innovation. The way to create long-term partnerships with your customers lies in keeping pace with the industry, understanding evolving needs across geographies, and developing solutions for today and the future. The approach we have set forth as ‘innovate everywhere’ is a summary of our customer-centric understanding. In line with this, we took the first step last year with the Asia Pacific technical centre we opened in Indonesia. In November, we extended this innovation power to Europe with the Sabancı technology centre. Now, we are taking a similar step in the USA. Thus, within 1 year, we have established 3 technical centres on 3 continents.”

Highlighting their commitment to rapidly developing sustainable new technologies for their customers in America with the technical centre they opened in the USA, Ibrahim Özgür Yıldırım said: “Santa Ana, which hosts our technical centre, is of great importance for the aviation and space technology industries in the USA. The world’s leading companies in their fields are located in this region. We believe that the technologies and advanced materials we develop here will open up new business partnership opportunities with these companies. On the other hand, this centre will collaborate on joint projects with our R&D centres in Turkey and our other technical centres, contributing to Kordsa’s advanced material vision through the synergy they create.”

Hüseyin Ateş, the CTO of Kordsa, emphasised: “As Kordsa, we are well aware that the path to new technologies goes through innovation. In this journey extending from innovation to disruptive technologies, North America stands out as one of the world’s most important centres. Especially in the field of composite technologies, this facility we have opened in North America, which we see as one of the world’s centres of intelligence production, will contribute to Kordsa’s global corporate vision on one hand, and will also provide us with very important new technological capabilities on the other. Through the technologies developed in this centre, we will create value-added solutions to meet the future needs of our customers while also opening up new horizons for Kordsa in the advanced materials field.”

In addition to Axiom Materials, Kordsa Advanced Materials Technical Center Inc. will also serve as a hub for innovation for Kordsa’s other US-based companies: Fabric Development Inc. and Textile Products Inc. This colocation will foster collaboration and synergy among these Kordsa entities, further accelerating the company’s innovation drive.

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding, has a proven track record of innovation. Its diverse product portfolio caters to a wide range of applications, including those in tire and construction reinforcement, composite technologies and compounding.

Cover photo: The Kordsa team at JEC World 2022

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