The proximity of both Gal-Fed and the Alliance has lead to Lorat being a major trade route.
This has given rise to easy access to raw materials and also exchange of information. The Akar Corporation decided to setup a research station there to take advantage of access to all these resources and the ore rich planet Asiq.
It is rumoured, but never confirmed, that the Akar institute provides weapon development for the Alliance. In general dealings though they are a neutral research organisation.