İpek Kağıt Tissue Paper has opened two new plants in Turkey and Kazakhstan that will advance its goal of being a powerful regional leader. The cumulative value of the investment is TL 300 million. Concurrently with the official opening of the new paper machine and medical hygiene plant in Manisa, Turkey, İpek Kağıt inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art tissue paper plant in Astana, Kazakhstan, to replace its earlier facility in Almaty.
İpek Kağıt inaugurated the new facilities on 2 June 2016 in a joint ceremony broadcast live to guests in both countries. In Turkey, guests attending the inauguration of the Manisa plants included Manisa Governor Erdoğan Bektaş, Manisa Organized Industrial Zone Chairman Sait Cemal Türek, Eczacıbaşı Group Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Eczacıbaşı Group Vice Chairman Faruk Eczacıbaşı, Eczacıbaşı Group President and CEO Dr. Erdal Karamercan, other senior Eczacıbaşı Group executives, and İpek Kağıt employees. In Kazakhstan, the guest list included Turkey’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan Nevzat Uyanık, officials from the Astana Special Economic Zone, Eczacıbaşı Group Vice President of Consumer Products Hakan Uyanık, and employees of İpek Kağıt Kazakhstan. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Turkey and Kazakhstan were synchronized and broadcast live to guests at the parallel ceremony. In his speech at the Manisa plant opening, Eczacıbaşı Group Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı expressed his delight at the completion of the new investments and said, “We are proud of Ipek Kağıt, the pioneer and leader of the Turkey’s tissue paper sector, for its innovative approach and continual development of products that add value to the lives of consumers. The plants we are inaugurating today in Manisa and Kazakhstan, four thousand kilometers apart, have reinforced İpek Kağıt’s quality, technology and innovative power.” İpek Kağıt General Manager Sertaç Nişli pointed out that İpek Kağıt had steadily advanced towards its goal of becoming a regional power since becoming a fully owned Eczacıbaşı Group company in 2012 and said, “During this period, we achieved a rapid acceleration in growth. We maintained our leadership in Turkey while increasing the number of our international markets to 60 countries on five continents. Over the next five years, we aim to maintain this momentum by growing our international sales four-fold and doubling our total revenue.”
65% increase in capacity with the Manisa investment
İpek Kağıt’s new investment in Manisa, which it completed in 20 months, embodies the newest and most advanced technology in the tissue paper industry. The most important component of the investment is a new paper machine that is 5.6 meters wide and produces 2,200 meters of paper per minute – 3,000 kilometers per day. The machine has increased İpek Kağıt’s capacity by 65 percent from 110 thousand tons to 180 tons per year. İpek Kağıt’s second investment in Manisa – Turkey’s first and only bladder pad production plant – will support the company’s powerful entry in the medical hygiene category with a wide array of medical products of international standard for adults with incontinence. Ipek Kağıt plans to market these products internationally as well as in Turkey.
Astana plant will reinforce İpek Kağıt’s regional power
İpek Kağıt’s new investment in Kazakhstan aims to advance its goal of leadership in Central Asia. Compared to its former plant in Almaty, the new plant in Astana is bigger, better situated and equipped with newer, more efficient technology. Aside from cutting costs, the new plant will produce a broader range of products that facilitate the company’s expansion in Central Asia. Over the next decade, İpek Kağıt aims to expand the leadership of its flagship Selpak brand in the premium segment of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia’s tissue paper markets to other countries in the region.