Kawakin Core-Tech opens Istanbul branch – Offering earthquake-resistant technology to Turkey

Kawakin Core-Tech, under the leadership of President and CEO Shinkichi Suzuki, is excited to announce the opening of its inaugural branch in Turkey, located in Istanbul. This marks a significant milestone for the company as it expands its global presence and seeks to bring its cutting-edge technology and expertise to the Turkish market. The Istanbul branch will serve as a strategic hub for Kawakin Core-Tech, enabling it to better serve its customers in Turkey and foster new partnerships in the region. With a strong commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, Kawakin Core-Tech is poised to make a positive impact on the Turkish business landscape.

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It is set to commence operations on October 29, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Kawakin Holdings Group, originating from the establishment of Kawaguchi Metal Industries, and the 100th anniversary of Turkey’s founding.

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In 2022, the company initiated collaborative research with Istanbul Technical University to develop an affordable, earthquake-resistant buckling-restrained brace. In February 2023, while conducting the joint research, the “Turkey-Syria earthquake” occurred. It has been suggested that the failure to comply with proper construction standards was one of the contributing factors to the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, a new branch was established in Istanbul. This branch was opened to provide an early introduction to the buckling-restrained braces that are currently in development, in addition to our seismic isolation, dampers, and seismic devices.

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During the opening ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 20, President and CEO Suzuki expressed, “We aim to utilize our expertise and technology to help safeguard Turkey’s social infrastructure and buildings against earthquakes.” Mr. Takahiko Katsuyoshi, the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, remarked, “Kawakin Core-Tech’s products play a vital role in preserving human lives and society. We are proud that Kawakin Core-Tech is expanding its business to this region.”

This was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by President and CEO Suzuki, Ambassador Katsuyoshi, Professor Oğuz Cem Çelik from the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, and Branch Manager Tolga Onal.

Kawakin continuously advocates for technological advancement and the exploration of new applications and fields, not only related to bridges but also encompassing seismic isolation.

As a leading manufacturer of bridge bearings in Japan, Kawakin’s products have been utilized in significant projects such as the North and South Bisan Seto Ohashi Bridge, Higashi Kobe Ohashi Bridge, and the Saitama Prefectural Government Building 2 (seismic reinforcement).

Internationally, they have also supplied devices for projects like the Neak Loeung Bridge (Cambodia), Malun Bridge (Myanmar), and the Nhat Tan Bridge (Vietnam). Kawakin actively expands its presence not only in Japan but also in the global market.

Kawakin Core-Tech Co., Ltd