By Matt Holmes, March 8, 2019
Alapala Makina, one of the world’s leading companies in the milling industry, has been awarded the “R&D Center Certificate” by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology.
With over 600 turnkey projects completed around the world with its 65 years of experience and exporting to over 120 countries today, Alapala Makina has its own “R&D Center” with the certificate awarded by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology.
In its new “R&D Center”, the company will focus on the development of new milling machinery and plans to enhance in contribution to Turkish economy in machinery export.
Completing turnkey factories including the construction, machinery and the technology used, technologies and machinery in over 100 countries in four continents from Europe to the US, Alapala installs global pasta and flour mills in many countries, including developed industrial countries such as Germany, France, Italy and the US.
Speaking about this development, CEO of Alapala Makina Görkem Alapala said: “Our goal as a company is to introduce innovative ideas for our customers. For this reason, we emphasise great importance to R&D activities and investments in this field.
“We allocate an average of two percent of our annual turnover to R&D activities. We carry out R&D activities on a 250 square meter area and 19 people work in the center.
“Currently, we continue our works for our product range and new projects. In this period of industry and robotic technologies progressing very rapidly in the world, we are trying to do our best so that our company and our country does not fall behind in these areas. We will focus more on our efforts in this area with the incentives to be provided through this certificate awarded by the Ministry,” Alapala said.
“In 2015, we founded Alapala R&D Engineering in Çorum Teknokent and continued our R&D activities through this company. From the first day of our foundation, we are using our own resources and we are continuously developing projects in cooperation with universities and institutions like TÜBİTAK for the last 3 years. We export the technology developed by our team of 19 people to the world.
“We perform about 20 turnkey projects per year. We have received 29 patents and 15 design registrations until today. We are accelerating our operations in this field every day. In 2018, we applied for 4 patents and 5 design registrations. In 2019, our target is to apply for 3 patents and 9 design registrations,” Alapala noted.
Alapala also mentioned about their targets to create smart factories by making the equipment used in the milling and machinery process compatible with the Industry 4.0.
“In the last 3 years, we have completed 1 KOSGEB and 1 TÜBİTAK Industrial R&D projects.
“The R&D facility project with a budget of approximately 3 million TL is ongoing since 2017. Our project application to the Ministry of Economy is under evaluation.
“We have also participated in the INOSUIT program to build the SYSTEMSEL and CORPORATE infrastructure of Innovation as part of the University-Industry cooperation. This and such initiatives and investments will put Alapala and Turkey forward in terms of industry in the world,” Alapala said.