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New Factory in the Aegean by Turkish-Japanese Partner

New Factory in the Aegean by Turkish-Japanese Partner

18 April 2019

İnci GS Yuasa, affiliate of the well established company of automotive supply industry in Turkey and world’s battery giant Japanese GS Yuasa, has launched its third factory in Manisa with 120 million TL investment in the fourth year of its partnership.  The company which has reached to its 250 million TL investment target in the fourth year, which it had determined for the first 5 years of its partnership, has increased its closed manufacturing area to 47 thousand square meter and  it increased its automotive battery manufacturing capacity to 7 million pieces annually. 

İnci GS Yuasa, the affiliate of İnci Holding and GS Yuasa has performed the opening of its new battery factory.  Turkish and Japanese partners have made the opening of the factory in the ceremony, to which the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Manisa Governor Ahmet Deniz, İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, Japanese Ambassador of Turkey Akio Miyajima and İstanbul Consul General of Japan Hisao Nishimaki participated.

İnci GS Yuasa, the affiliate of İnci Holding and GS Yuasa has performed the opening of its new battery factory.  The giant factory,  foundations of which were laid in September 2017 in Manisa Organized Industry Zone and which has been constructed on a total of 98 thousand square meter area, 18 thousand of which was closed; has been put into practice with 120 million TL investment. İnci GS Yuasa, total closed manufacturing area of which has increased to 47 thousand square meter with a 63% increase; has increased its annual automotive battery manufacturing capacity to 7 million pieces which had been 5 million pieces.  İnci GS Yuasa, which has unloaded the 50 millionth battery from the band, is exporting approximately 60 percent of the batteries produced in Turkey to more than 80 countries in 6 continents.  It is producing advanced technology start/stop vehicle batteries as well as new generation batteries at the highest quality standards for automotive key industry suppliers in the new factory.  

İnci GS Yuasa, which will increase its contribution to the regional employment  by 25 percent  through full capacity commissioning of the new factory, has reached the 250 million TL investment amount in its fourth year which it had determined for the first 5 years of its partnership. 

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank who participated to the ceremony, said that  the third battery factory of İnci GS Yuasa is one of the outstanding examples of Turkish-Japanese cooperation. Varank said; “Our friendship with Japan goes back to many years. We are consolidating this friendship with manufacturing, investment and trade”. Varank told the importance of the newly launched factory through Turkish-Japanese partnership as follows: “Advanced technology vehicle batteries and new generation and highest quality batteries will be manufactured here for automotive key industry suppliers. 60 percent of manufacturing is being planned to be exported abroad. We desire this and similar investments to grow both with regards to the technological intensity and the foreign trade volume it produces. Thus, we continue to actively support the investor and the manufacturer. İnci GS Yuasa is also one of the companies benefiting from those opportunities provided. It has been hosting the first R&D center of battery industry for 10 years. It turns the ideas into high value added, competitive products by working in cooperation with universities and NGOs. Our expectation from our industrialist friends is that they utilize the stimulus we offer in that way and to focus on manufacturing and employment. Whoever local or foreigner is manufacturing in our country, is important for us and they benefit from all opportunities equally. Because everyone manufacturing in Turkey is deemed to be local for us.  Our direction is value added manufacturing and qualified employment as Turkey. We will continue to take steps and creating policies towards this objective.”

Neşe Gök: We are on the way of being a global brand

İnci Holding President of Board of Directors Neşe Gök who spoke in the factory opening; reminding that it is the fourth year of the partnership of two well established companies of Turkey and Japan, said “We are in front of you as being the representatives of two big companies the roots of which go back to the history and the branches of which go to the future.  I believe that the most important factor that brought us in front of you today hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder is our experiences and values.”

Gök said that the launched factory is the proof of the sustainable cooperation between two countries. Gök spoke as follows:  “We have loved manufacturing, we have known the value of putting stones on stones in Aegean and in Turkey. We adopted as a mission to earn from those lands and investing on those lands. Today, we are proud of exporting our batteries and wheel rims manufactured in Manisa to more than 100 countries in 6 continents in the world.”

Osamu Murao: We are at the service of the world

GS Yuasa President Osamu Murao also said that they are proud of offering a brand new investment in Turkey to the service of the world.  Murao, saying “We have been working with our Turkish partner İnci Holding in close relationships and joint synergy for four years”; conveyed the following message “I am sure that we will obtain greater successes by taking along the skills of all İnci GS Yuasa employees  with the “innovation and growth” philosophy of GS Yuasa.

Cihan Elbirlik:  We are determining the future of energy storage industry

İnci GS Yuasa Executive Board Director Cihan Elbirlik, who hosted Turkish and Japanese guests, said;   “The new investment at the partnership of Turkey’s well established organization İnci Holding and Japanese battery giant GS Yuasa with its centenary experience means a lot.  Most importantly, we are determining the future of energy storage industry through the most technological factory of our industry that we have opened today.   Our company which is the technology leader of industry will closely follow the trends also today just like yesterday and it will represent our country in the world league”.

Elbirlik continued his words as follows:  

“We are working hard to deserve our “energy expert of the world” title; we are improving our culture each day thanks to our partnership, we are learning new things, we are increasing our values by doubling and we are growing together. Today, we are exporting 60 percent of the batteries that we have produced as İnci GS Yuasa to more than 80 countries in the world. We have increased our battery manufacturing capacity to 7 million which was 5 million annually through our new factory we have launched with 120 million TL investment.  When our factory is launched in full capacity, our contribution to regional employment will increase by 25 percent.  In our new factory, we will manufacture advanced technology start/stop device batteries and new generation batteries with highest quality standards for automotive key industry suppliers and we will be the light for the future of industry.”

After the speeches, Minister Varank cut the ribbon together with Turkish and Japanese partners by wishing fruitful earnings. İnci Holding President of the Board of Directors Neşe Gök and President of GS Yuasa Osamu Murao have planted olive and cherry blossom trees to the garden as a symbol of friendship and peace.