Güler Sabancı: “Innovation, digitalization, and technology underlie inevitable global transformation”
The “Inovalig Awards”, given as part of the Turkish Innovation Week organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) to support innovative efforts, have been presented to their recipients. The Sabancı Group received 3 awards at the 8th annual event. The Sabancı Group companies that were deemed worthy of the award were Brisa in the “Innovation Organization and Culture” category, Kordsa in the “Innovation Resources” category, and Enerjisa in the “Innovation Strategy” category.
At the ceremony held on 25 - 26 December in Istanbul, Sabancı Holding Industry Group President Cevdet Alemdar accepted the awards for Brisa and Kordsa from the Minister of Commerce, Ruhsar Pekcan and Turkish Exporters Assembly President, İsmail Gülle. The award given to Enerjisa was presented by the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, to Sabancı Holding Energy Group President, Kıvanç Zaimler.
Investments in Technology Paying off
Commenting on the awards won by the Sabancı Group companies in the field of innovation, the Sabancı Holding Board of Directors Chair, Güler Sabancı, emphasized the critical transformation in the global economy in recent years, saying: “This transformation, which has gained such speed during the pandemic, is based in digitalization, innovation and technology. The future is now being shaped on the axes of innovation and technology. Therefore, we believe Turkey needs to harness innovation to create a difference in global competition. Whether companies or entire countries, anyone that cannot keep up with this process will lag behind in this race... As the Sabancı Group, we had made large investments in this field before the pandemic even began. Just as we led the way on the matter of total quality in the 1990s, we are leading the efforts in the areas of innovation and technology in the new era. Through the leadership of our CEO Cenk Alper, we are now reaping the fruits of these investments both in the organizational and the commercial sense. In this regard, I am very pleased to see Sabancı Group companies assuming a pioneering role in all of these processes as well as leading in their respective sectors.’
Güler Sabancı added that, as the “Sabancı of the New Generation”, their focus is on leading the value added production that will propel Turkey to the position it deserves in the world, and on being at the forefront of change in every domain touched by technological transformation: “Throughout this transformation underpinned by technology and innovation, the responsibility assumed by the Sabancı community is always to be a ‘pioneer’ and a ‘role model’. I believe that, in addition to the synergy created among the Sabancı Group companies, the contributions of Sabancı University with its immense accumulation of knowledge and academic experience are invaluable.”
More Industry-Academia Cooperation Needed
Remarking that industries and universities are more intertwined than ever in the present age of technology, Güler Sabancı said, “In line with this understanding, we need to focus more on industry - academia cooperation and develop our problem solving skills together. We see clear examples of this abroad, particularly in the United States. Ecosystems that nurture each other like Silicon Valley are extremely important in the new global order. Of course, in Turkey, too, similar examples of this phenomenon are beginning to emerge. There have been highly successful efforts by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). There are very successful technoparks. We have a Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (KTMM), which is located in the Istanbul Technopark, founded through the cooperation of Sabancı University and Kordsa. As examples of such ventures multiply, we will achieve greater success by harnessing the power of technology and innovation as a country.