Center Introduction
Mission & Vision
Administrative Board
Advisory Board


Center Introduction

The Metal Forming Center of Excellence (MFCE) was established in 2010, funded by the Turkish Ministry of Development and Atilim University. The Centre aims to support the Turkish and European metal forming industry through research in four main areas; developing innovative, knowledge-based manufacturing technologies, manufacturing high value-added components, manufacturing using new and advanced materials, and, exploring options for energy-efficient manufacturing.

The research is conducted in close collaboration with both academia and industry. Since 2010, the Centre has worked on a significant number of a national and international, small and medium-sized projects, developing an extensive database of contacts throughout the metal forming community and a considerable experience in disseminating knowledge through organising seminars, workshops and training courses.

To support research, a range of facilities are available at the Centre, including metal forming machinery, equipment for forming-related measurement, material and microstructure characterisation as well as software and hardware for numarical analysis.

Metal Forming Center of Excellence Capabilities:

  • Material Characterization for Simulation
  • Forming of Leightweight Materials
  • Die Desing and Lifetime Improvement
  • Analytical Methods
  • Numerical Methods
  • Material Characterization Experiments
  • Systematic Experiments
  • Prototype Manufacturing
  • Pre-mass Production


Turkish Metal Industry is need of a research and development center which has the expertise to address the short, medium and long term problems of the industry in a way to maintain its competitive power and even increase it for the next two decades, to discover new markets and products and to be part of worldwide technological leadership. In this context, the fundamental aim of Metal Forming Center of Excellence supported by State Planning Agency is to develop academia-industry collaboration based on necessary research and development to:

  • develop manufacturing technologies based on scientific knowledge
  • fabricate products which have high added value
  • use new and advanced materials in the manufacturing technologies
  • increase productivity
  • develop small and micron sized products
  • create fast product development processes
  • enhance innovation abilities


The center which is part of Manufacturing Engineering department of Atilim University is provide research facilities as well as projects with industrial partners to research in universities.



Mission & Vision

The primary mission of Metal Forming Center of Excellence is succesively to improve information-based manufacturing technology in our state, to produce items with high positive qualities, to make manufacturing using new and advanced material, to increase productivity, to develop micro-sized products,to generate products at a rapid pace and to make the necessary activities of research and development in direction of increasing innovation capacities thanks to the calloboration of academia and industry to be constructed in the body of an excellence center remarkable all around the world.

The vision of Metal Forming Center of Excellence is to become a nationally and internationally accepted research and application center with its competent reserach staff, labaratories, and technical equipment and substructure.



Administrative Board

Administrative board of Metal Forming Center of Excellence consists of 15 members from both industry and academia.

  1. Prof. Dr. Bilgin Kaftanoğlu (Atılım University Manufacturing Eng. Dept.)
  2. Prof. Dr. S. Engin Kılıç (Atılım University Manufacturing Eng. Dept.)
  3. Prof. Dr. H. Yılmaz Kaptan (Atılım University Energy Systems Eng. Dept.)
  4. Prof. Dr. C. Hakan Gür (Middle East Technician University Metallurgical and Materials Eng. Dept.)
  5. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Demirkol (Işık University Mechanical Eng. Dept.)
  6. Dr. Özgür Duygulu (TÜBİTAK-MAM)
  7. Volkan Akıncı (COŞKUNÖZ A.Ş. - Bursa)
  8. Orhan Metin (DÖVSADER)
  9. Dr. Oğuz Gündüz (ERDEMİR - Zonguldak)
  10. Muhsin Doğan (NORM A.Ş. - İzmir)
  11. Dr. -Ing. Hamdullah Merdane (ORS A.Ş. - Ankara)
  12. Murat Karamahmutoğlu (TEI -Eskişehir)
  13. Cenk Gebeceli (TOFAŞ A.Ş. - Bursa)
  14. Hakan İşçi (TAI Turkish Aerospace Industries - Ankara)
  15. Ramazan Uçar (Yeşilova Holding, CANSAN Alüminyum - Bursa)


Former Members:

  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. A. Erman Tekkaya (Founding Member)
  • Yrd. Doç. Dr. sc. techn. Celalettin Karadoğan (Founding President)
  • Erkan Polat (TOFAŞ A.Ş.) (Founding Member)
  • Taner Makas (KANCA A.Ş.) (Founding Member)
  • Aydın Kuntay (BİAS) (Founding Member)
  • Naki Polat (TAI Turkish Aerospace Industries - Ankara) (Founding Member)
  • Feridun Özhan (ORS - Ankara) (Founding Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Haydar Livatyalı (TÜBİTAK MAM - Kocaeli) (Founding Member)
  • Şükrü Tetik (Founding Member)
  • Tarık Öğüt (FİGES A.Ş. - Bursa) (Founding Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabri Altıntaş (Boğaziçi University - İstanbul) (Founding Member)
  • Safa Bayer Yavuz (ASAŞ - İstanbul)
  • Umut İnce (NORM A.Ş. - İzmir)
  • Mesut Uğur Yılmaz (KARDEMİR - Karabük)
  • Orhan Aydın (OSTİM OSB - Ankara)
  • Serkan Ali Altınel (TOFAŞ A.Ş. - Bursa)
  • Hürriyet Eğilmez (TAI Turkish Aerospace Industries- Ankara)
  • Gürkan Ayyıldız (COŞKUNÖZ A.Ş. - Bursa)



Advisory Board

  1. Prof. Dr. Taylan Altan (Ohio State University - USA)
  2. Prof. Dr. Kuzo Oskada (Nagoya University - Japan)
  3. Prof. Dr. Niels Bay (Technical University of Denmark - Denmark)
  4. Prof. Dr. F. Micari (Palermo University- Italy)
  5. Prof. Dr. Karl Kuzman (University of Ljubljana - Slovenia)
  6. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Karl Roll (Daimler A.G. - Germany)
  7. Prof. Dr. J. -C. Gelin (University of Franche-Comté - France)
  8. Prof. Dr. D. Y. Yang (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - Republic of Korea)
  9. Prof. Dr. -Ing. F. Vollertsen (University of Bremen - Germany)
  10. Prof. Dr. Orhan Alankuş (Okan University - Turkey)
  11. Dr. Julian Allwood (University of Cambridge - U.K.)
  12. Dr. M. Hänsel (ThyssenKrupp-Presta - Liechtenstein)