Istanbul — Turkish PU systems specialist Ema Kimya has announced it has recently completed an expansion project at its factory in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, bringing the company’s PU manufacturing capabilities to more than 150,000t per year.
Ema Kimya is a subsidiary of US giant Huntsman Corporation. Speaking at the launch event at the company’s new Turkish production facility, Gülüm Selen Kabil, Ema Kimya’s regional managing director for Turkey and the Middle East, said the investment is designed to bolster Ema Kimya’s leading position in the region.
‘We are very happy to complete construction work on our new facility. I believe that the state-of-the-art equipment and artificial intelligence-supported system at the facility will make Ema Kimya the leader in the chemical industry in our region,’ the regional managing director said, as quoted by local business daily Dünya.
‘In addition to this, owing to our new facility, we will create employment opportunities for our country,’ said Kabil.
Ema Kimya’s factory is located in Tuzla, an industrial municipality in the Asian side of Istanbul.
The value of the expansion project was not disclosed.
Ema Kimya says it supplies its products to a number of customers from various sectors. These include the construction, home appliances, shoe, furniture, automotive, healthcare, and paints and adhesives industries, among others, according to data released by the Turkish business.
Ema Kimya was established in 2005 as an offshoot of Turkey's Engine Holding, and launched its manufacturing activities the following year. Huntsman Corporation announced its acquisition of the Turkish business in December 2011. At that time, the U. company said its takeover of Ema Kimya was part of the manufacturer’s strategy to boost its presence in a number of key growth markets across the world.
At the time of the acquisition, Huntsman Corporation estimated that Turkey’s MDI polyurethane systems market was growing at a rate of between 13% and 15% per year.