Known for his international studies in the field of metallurgy, Prof. Dr. Hamdi Ekici, pointing out that the studies in the stainless steel sector in Turkey attract attention abroad, especially in Europe, said, “If Turkish engineers can do paradigm-shifting studies in 3 years, we will also produce from ore and carry out the next operations. The fact that no ore has been produced until now is a situation that should be considered strange. Especially in these days when we are in a national technology move, Turkey's own domestic consumption will increase much more. Besides, as a country in the middle of Europe and the Middle East, we should not miss this opportunity anymore.” said.
Dedicated to the development of the Turkish metallurgical industry and one of the youngest professors in the world, Prof. Dr. Hamdi Ekici made important evaluations about stainless steel production in Turkey. “There is no stainless steel production in Turkey!” Emphasizing that the expression is a phrase heard by everyone in the industry, Ekici said, “We were told a lot, whenever we tried to develop stainless steels, we were told things like 'there is no production, we buy and sell'. I don't understand people who make comments like this. The concept we call 'production' does not technically consist of a single stage. Especially the production of stainless steel is a very complex process.” he said.
Pointing out that mass production of stainless steel flat products from ore to casting and hot rolling is not currently in Turkey, Ekici said, “However, cold rolling and subsequent processes have been available in Turkey since 2007. For example; These processes were first implemented in Turkey at Trinox Metal's Çorlu facilities, in which I am also a member. In other words, we cannot say that there is no stainless steel production in Turkey, we can say that there are no primary facilities.” used the phrases.
“We have taken this basis from the world's giants who say that only I can produce DDQ quality”
Stating that Trinox Metal has a good engineering team, Ekici said, “This team is almost trying to change the paradigm in stainless steel. For example; worldwide, it is believed that if the nickel content in the AISI 304 alloy is less than 9 percent, the material cannot be of deep drawing quality (DDQ); but it is not. Nickel content alone does not affect this, both the relationship of each element with the others and how it is produced, and the process parameters are very effective. Now, with patents such as 304U, 304E, we have taken this basis from the world's giants who say, "Only I can produce DDQ quality". This is a great development for the Turkish metallurgical industry.” recorded his words.
prof. Dr. Ekici continued: “The changes we make in processes such as pickling while producing stainless steel will soon enter standards and handbooks. There is much to be gained there, too, and we have brought them to science. In addition, 90 percent of the publications on stainless flat products in Turkey are made by the engineering team of Trinox Metal. These studies draw attention abroad, especially in Europe.”
Ekici concluded his words as follows: “If Turkish engineers are able to carry out studies that will change the paradigm in 3 years, we will also produce from ore and carry out the next operations. Stainless steel is a huge market all over the world. It is developing more and more every day. The fact that no ore has been produced until now is a situation that should be considered strange. Especially in these days when we are in a national technology move, Turkey's own domestic consumption will increase much more. Besides, as a country in the middle of Europe and the Middle East, we should not miss this opportunity anymore.”
prof. Dr. Who is Hamdi Ekici?
Dedicating himself to the development of the Turkish metallurgical industry, Prof. Dr. Hamdi Ekici made important studies in metallurgical science. Ekici, which has EKC-101, EKC-102, EKC 17-4 metallic glass special steels, stainless steel alloys such as 304U, 304E, heat treatment program, and casting program patents, was accredited as a "professor doctor member" by the American Accreditation Agency last May. . He is a full member of many national and international organizations such as the American Iron and Steel Technologies Association, the Turkish Chemical Society, the Operations Research Association, the Risk Management Association, and the American Higher Education Institution. Dr. Ekici became one of the youngest professors in the world at the age of 30. Ekici focused his work on special processes. Known for combining many different disciplines and applying it to the industry, the experienced engineer is involved in standard development studies with many organizations in different countries. He also takes part in mirror committees in Turkey.