Turkey’s Top Defense Company Sets Sights On Medical Technology
Aselsan, Turkey's leading defense company, is increasing its focus on medical technology to support localization of medical devices. The company has started projects to develop and produce mobile X-ray and MRI systems, as well as defibrillators.
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As the date for multibillion-dollar medical device bidding process for hospitals in Turkey gets closer, the government made an important change, dropping the condition that bids must cover the whole package of requested devices. This opens the way for partial bids that smaller companies might be able to handle.
The Turkish Government postponed a $10bn medical device tender for at least the third time, to January 10. But it is the government's insistence that the giant tender will go on at all, rather than be canceled outright, that has attracted criticism from local companies, who object to some of the tender's conditions.
A big tender for advanced imaging and patient monitoring devices originally had been scheduled by the Turkish Government for July 4, but it has been postponed, now for a third time, with the date set for October 31. The procurement effort, with an estimated value of about $10bn, is intended to furbish new city hospitals with locally produced high-tech medical devices, but it has been the target of controversy, and there are some speculations that it might be canceled.