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Foundation of MKEK in the historical procedure is related with the formation of Artillery corps in the Ottoman Empire and at the out set years of gun foundry. The Ottoman Arms industry which have been maintened in the constitution of Tophane-i Amire starting from the second half of 15th century, in the Tophane Müsavirligi (Arsenal of Ordonance and Artillery Marshalship) between 1832 and 1908, and in Harbiye Nezareti ( the Ministry of War)) as of 1908 respectively, has taken place with its personnel in the National Independence Operation in the War of Liberation.
The General Directorate of Military Factories has been established subsequent to the period of 1919-1923. Such formation having the head office in Ankara has become one of the foundation stones of industrial organizations of the Republic's Governments with the structures taken place in Istanbul, Kirikkale and everywhere in the country.
The said facilities have been developed additionally and have been reorganized in 1950 under the name of (Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu) The Machinery and Chemical Industry Institution, has the legal entity, and the capital paid by the government completely, under the Law No.5591, for the purpose of producing most of equipment and tool requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces, and for satisfying also the essential needs of the civil industry. MKEK who use perfectly its economical capasity had reached, thanks to the orders coming from either in land or abroad, has carried out its investments on the various fields of Defense Industry and has reached to a size such as 18 large factories and 18000 qualified personnel and it has continued to render its extremely notable service for years.
The said factories and establishments have been reorganized, "as affiliated company" within the frame of their current program, in comply with the new economic understanding, for the purpose letting meet the same with a dynamic structure having a power to compete in land and abroad, and have transformed to the statute of incorporated company accordingly. Today, the number of personnel employed by our institution is 7430 together withe the said affiliates which are in the number of 12.
Such manufacturing services have been rendering for satisfying the important requirements of Turkish Armed Forces, such as the ammunition of light and heavy weapons, heavy weapon systems, artillery, bombs, mines,explosives, and rockets as well as the other civil purpose products such as steel, brass, electricity meters, by means of considering the actual technical and economical conditions and with a quality and price suitable to the world and NATO standards.
MKEK which thinks that it must be a sector in the Defence Industry where productivity, international competition and quality assurance make a mark and institutionalized, has entered into the process of notable decision and implementation, in the said industry, through its method of work, its organization, and its strive to ensure its concordance with the International Quality Sysytem rapidly and its study on the Research and Development respectively. During the said process, MKEK has been aiming at reorganization of existing system, modernization of production facilities and developing brand new production projects, and to equip the Turkish Armed Forces with more qualified and more defence means and equipments, modern and competable with the new technologies.
Our aim is a dynamic MKEK, modernized in comply with the actual technology and condensed with the quality, engineering and Ar-Ge (Research and Development) activities and integrated with the country's industry instead of intra institution integration, and develops with its technology and labor force infrastructure, and capable to follow up the technology accordingly.