Ankara-based Dora Makina has become the first company to receive orders from the world's biggest particle physics laboratory, European Nuclear Research Center (CERN). The company will deliver its first orders at the end of this month.
With the initiation of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), several Turkish companies will soon be benefitting from the $600-million project. The founding partner and general manager of Dora Makina, Bekir Sağlamyürek, noted that they established the company in 2004 and in 11 years they became a company with a technical staff of 75 people.
The company acts as a sub-contractor for local defense industry firms and has established a strong infrastructure. With this infrastructure the company creates products with high added value and therefore the company recently decided to cooperate with foreign companies as well.
Sağlamyürek noted that while CERN was identified as a potential client 2 years ago, they received the first order in November after TOBB's initiation. In the first phase of the project with CERN, they will be manufacturing 15 to 20 parts and the order is to be delivered at the end of January. Sağlamyürek also added that before they delivered the first parcel they had already received the second order, which includes semi-finished products.
"There are semi-finished products which we will process after we receive the raw materials from CERN, including products that we purchased the raw materials for from abroad along with parts manufactured from raw materials. We see this as a growing business," noted Sağlamyürek. CERN, founded after World War II to perform common nuclear research in Europe, creates particle accelerators and other infrastructure required for high-energy physics experiments and research.