Aksa the worldâ€™s leading producer of acrylic fibre will implement new health and safety standards at its plant in Yalova, in north-western Turkey, which will go beyond the requirements of national regulations. It will become the countryâ€™s first chemical company committing itself to the best international practices in the industry.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will promote higher standards and greater efficiency in Turkeyâ€™s fast-growing chemical industry, with a â‚¬50 million loan to Aksa.
The loan will finance the companyâ€™s far-reaching 2015-17 capital expenditure programme, which includes a series of environmental, health and safety, and resource efficiency improvements as well as investments in the research and development of new high-value-added products, according to EBRD.
In addition, the EBRD loan will finance the construction of a wastewater treatment facility. The facility, which will also be used by other companies nearby, will reduce wastewater discharge in the region and increase the amount of recycled water. This is particularly important given the firmâ€™s proximity to the Sea of Marmara and the issue of water stress in the area.
Frederic Lucenet, EBRD Director for Manufacturing and Services, said that the EBRDâ€™s investment will help the company pioneer the highest international health and safety practices, raising the bar for Turkish industry.â€
With the new standards and greater efficiency, Aksa will use less energy and fewer resources while recycling more water. EBRD are pleased to be able to support this leading producer in its commitment to developing and sharing innovative solutions which can make Turkish acrylic fibre production more efficient, more environmentally friendly and even more competitive on the global market.
Cengiz TaÅŸ, General Manager of Aksa Akrilik, said that this significant investment demonstrates Aksaâ€™s high corporate social-responsibility values and is a historic step for the entire Turkish chemical sector. They will upgrade health and safety standards at theirr plant in Yalova, the largest acrylic production facility in the world, and will build the biggest communal wastewater treatment plant in the region to increase water efficiency. The
EBRDâ€™s technical and financial support is critical for the process.
Established in 1968 by Turkish textile manufacturers to meet the growing demand for acrylic fibre from the countryâ€™s textile industry, Aksa grew to become the global leader in the sector. The acrylic fibre it produces is used in textile industries worldwide.
AkkÃ¶k Holding A.Åž. has 39.6 per cent stake in the company, while 37.2 per cent of shares are publicly traded on Borsa Istanbul.
The EBRD has previously provided a US$ 50 million loan to Aksa to finance energy efficiency improvements and product development aimed at boosting its operational efficiency.
The Bank started investing in Turkey in 2009 and currently operates from offices in Istanbul, Ankara and Gaziantep. In 2014, Turkey became the Bankâ€™s largest single recipient with new investments worth â‚¬1.4 billion. To date, the EBRD has invested over â‚¬5 billion in the country across more than 140 projects in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, industry and finance.
Improving the competiveness of Turkish firms by investing in higher standards and innovation is one of the EBRDâ€™s priorities in the country.
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