No business that lacks the ability to transform current scientific and technological discoveries into innovative economic and social benefit can hope to survive, much less thrive, in today’s stiffly-competitive international markets. That being so, KORTEKS recognizes that research and development is crucial to its ability to compete. Having established its leading position in Turkish, European, and Middle Eastern home textile, technical textile, automotive textile, and functional textile markets, KORTEKS knows that the sustainability of its leadership is dependent on R&D.
Seeking to pursue growth informed by its vision of being a leader who increases market share with products that are customer-focused, innovative, and value-adding, Korteks supplies “superior-quality, unique, innovative, and eco-friendly polyester yarns” to many textile manufacturers active in the global arena.
By overseeing the conduct of research and development activities within the company, the Korteks R&D Centre supports efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the company’s products in international markets through the development of new kinds of polyester yarn. Employing a team of people who are experienced in such matters as yarn testing and analysis methods, polymerization technologies, yarn texturizing and spinning, colored yarns, and masterbatch manufacturing, KORTEKS gives great importance to its R&D work and it allocates an increasingly greater share of its overall budget year after year.
The KORTEKS R&D Centre is staffed by 40 people, the great majority of whom hold bachelor’s or higher university degrees. The centre’s personnel are engaged in a wide range of activities as they explore such issues as new products, technical textiles, automotive textiles, masterbatch technologies, environment technologies, sustainable technologies and practices, software, costing, quality control, and production efficiency.
The KORTEKS R&D Centre consists of eight individual units. While each of these is functionally responsible for particular aspects of an R&D project, the overall conduct of a project is effectively managed and coordinated. This is especially true in projects where the design and development of new products also entail the development of new processes and software as well. In such cases a designated in-house project-management unit is responsible for project coordination and reporting.
KORTEKS R&D Centre activities
Recognizing R&D as one of the cornerstones of its sustainability, KORTEKS gives the utmost importance to it. The KORTEKS R&D Centre therefore is responsible for designing and conducting projects which look for innovative new solutions involving the use of polyester yarns, seek to expand and diversify the company’s product line, and/or reduce manufacturing times and costs.
Basic R&D objectives
The KORTEKS R&D Department’s essential mission is to engage in activities that will, in line with customers’ needs and wishes, improve production diversity and quality and/or lead to the development and manufacture of innovative products that are compatible with internationally-accepted standards. In line with this, a number of basic areas of exploration have been identified:
- New yarn design and product development
- Application-related innovations
- Product quality improvement
- Development of yarns for automotive-industry uses
- Development of colored yarns and masterbatch technologies
- Physical and chemical testing and analysis of yarns
- Innovations that will improve manufacturing efficiencies
- Reducing manufacturing times
- Researching and acquiring new technologies and equipment
- Nanotechnology applications
- Investigating and reducing/eliminating the toxicity of materials used in manufacturing processes in order to make processes and products ecologically safer.
The KORTEKS R&D Centre investigates new technologies and products in light of these core objectives while also constantly seeking to enhance existing products’ features. Besides adding new varieties of polyester yarn to KORTEKS’s already extensive portfolio, this may also involve such important activities as designing new functional yarns, expanding the utility and/or applicability of existing yarns, and making prototypes. R&D / P&D pilot machinery that has been installed in a special plant that includes other equipment such as current technology testing and analysis devices and trial knitting, weaving, and finishing machines. In this way it is possible to try out the results of R&D activities immediately and on a continuous basis.
R&D result highlights
KORTEKS’s increasingly greater focus on R&D over the years has generated a steady stream of useful discoveries which, even more importantly, have contributed significantly to the company’s success by allowing it to diversify existing products and to add to its portfolio new ones that have innovative features, options, and functions.
Just a few of those that may be cited are:
- TAÇ COTTONLIKE®,
- TAÇ FLAME RETARDANT®,
- TAÇ ANTISTATIC®,
- TAÇ UV RESISTANT
- LINEN LIKE
- MILPA LIKE
- TWO TONE
- FANCY EFFECT FDY
All of these products are highly competitive in textile markets. Having begun to be used for new and different applications such as upholstery, carpeting, toweling, medical textiles, polar fleecing, outdoor wear, sportswear, outdoor textiles, and automotive textiles, they have strong consumer appeal.
Supported by TEYDEB, an arm of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, KORTEKS R&D Centre projects are conducted in compliance with ISO 9001-2008 standards. The smallest detail of every product development and manufacturing stage from raw materials to woven fabric is minutely investigated so as to be sure that every aspect is compatible with KORTEKS’s quality and brand reputation. KORTEKS also collaborates with university and technopark academic institutions in the conduct of joint projects: to date it has been involved in twelve with TEYDEB and in four with SANTEZ R&D, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.
In addition to such undertakings, KORTEKS also engages in joint R&D projects with some customers whom it has identified as being major stakeholders and business partners in the conduct of its own operations. Such projects typically involve pilot studies for customers to determine the feasibility of new yarns that are to be developed or improvements that are to be made in existing ones. Customers’ requests for samples are fulfilled and testing and analysis services may be provided at no charge. In addition, training related to newly-produced yarns may be provided and trial production runs may be made when appropriate.