Minister Varank: We will be able to produce in our country in 2022


Monday, June 14, 2021 – 12:04 | Last Updated : 14 06 2021 – 17:25

Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said, “Turkey is actually a boron country, but we export this mineral raw to China. There it is turned into boron carbide and then sold to our country. Currently, our Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has an investment in Balikesir. “We will be able to produce our own boron carbide in our country in 2022. In this sense, it is pleasing for us that we will be able to end our foreign dependency.”

According to the statement made by the Ministry; Minister Varank visited Nurol Teknoloji, which develops advanced ballistic armor products in Ankara. During his visit, Minister Varank, who received information about the studies and future plans from General Manager Selim Baybaş and Deputy General Manager Serpil Gönenç, examined the ballistic solutions for platform and personnel protection with advanced technical ceramics produced by the company. Varank, who toured the company’s ceramic production lines, participated in the protection test of the ballistic armor developed within the scope of the ‘Land Vehicle Protection Armor’ project against 14.5 millimeter anti-aircraft ammunition from a distance of 15 meters. Later on, Varank tested the plate developed for personal protective armor by firing himself with 9 millimeter ammunition at the shooting range.

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‘ONE OF THE 3 MANUFACTURERS IN THE WORLD’

Making statements after the visit, Varank stated that the company produces composite and ceramic materials for defense purposes. Stating that the company develops alumina, silicon, carbide and boron carbide ceramics, Varank noted that these plates for personnel protection are exported to Italy. Stating that the developed plate protects the armored vehicle despite firing from a very close range, Varank said, “These materials are lighter and provide more protection instead of armor steel. They are used for the protection of both personnel and armored vehicles and aircraft. Nurol Teknoloji developed and produces this technology, which is only available in the USA and Israel, locally and nationally in our country.”

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‘WE WILL FINISH THE EXTERNAL ADDICTION’

Minister Varank stated that the company’s products are used in aircraft as well as military armored vehicles used in Turkey, and said:

“These vehicles are highly sensitive and need to be protected very well. The safety of your personnel is also one of the most important factors. The protective vest you produce has to provide 100 percent protection, you cannot accept any risk. Therefore, the products produced here are products that provide 100 percent protection and are tested for. While it is accepted to be fired once on a world-class protection plate, products that still provide protection when fired 2-3 times.In this sense, we can say that Nurol Teknoloji manufactures the highest quality products.

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Turkey is actually a boron country, but we export this mineral raw to China. There it is made into boron carbide and then sold to our country. Currently, our Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has an investment in Balıkesir. In 2022, we will be able to produce our own boron carbide in our country. In this sense, it is pleasing for us that we can end our dependence on foreign sources. As Turkey, we want to grow our economy by producing high-tech and value-added products. Turkey’s export value per kilogram is at the level of 1.5 dollars. The export value of boron carbide ceramics per kilogram is 90 dollars. This is a huge added value. Being one of the 3 players in the world in this technology, of course, makes our country’s position strategic. We will continue to work with our friends in the next period. We will continue to develop our country with the production and export of high value-added products.”