Kardemir A.Ş. Chairman of the Board Ömer Faruk Öz published a congratulatory message on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of Kardemir.
In the message of Ömer Faruk Öz, sometimes a picture, a small photo frame or a terse word is enough to express an issue that you cannot describe with dozens of page articles. The first thing that came to my mind when a message was asked for April 3, was the banner of “Every New Industrial Work, Its Neighborhood, Prosperity and Civilization, and the Entire Homeland Delights and Strength” that was hanged on today's factory area.
I think that the importance and meaning of a production facility for the place and the country where it was built, I think, could not be expressed more beautifully.
81 years ago, with the iron and steel factories laid on the foothills of Karabük Village, which is a residential area with only 13 households, KARDEMİR, which is among the largest industrial establishments in our country today, and Karabük Village with 13 households, which is the 78th province of our country, has a population of 244 thousand. If we consider the city of Karabük together, I think the well-being and civilization provided by the Karabük Iron and Steel Factories, the pleasure and strength it gives to its country will be better understood.
Iron and Steel was born 81 years ago in this city, it has grown and developed in this city. While he was growing and developing, he also developed and developed Karabük, where he came to life.
Well, only Karabük?
Let's look at another photo frame to find the answer to this question.
First Turkish Iron.
It was produced on September 10, 1939 in Karabük.
Total world steel production this date 140 million tonnes, while Turkey, the remaining months of 1939 2,5 13 thousand tons in the year can produce with Karabük Iron and Steel Works steel producers in the world did not even count.
Born in Karabük iron and steel, so that the industrial development and industrialization of our country has greatly contributed to today, Turkey has become the world's 37,5th largest producer with 8 million tons of steel production.
If today Turkey is among the world's largest producers of the doubt, as a main Since 1937, steel giving birth, and help it grow in that there is a large share of Karabük Iron and Steel Works.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and gratitude to all those who have contributed to the establishment of Karabük Iron and Steel Plants from all over Turkey and contributed to the efforts of making them live up to now. I sincerely welcome all of our employees, who are still on the forehead to move the flag he took from his ancestors forward.
Every birthday is also an accounting time. While making the accounting of the remaining years, we need to plan the future with the knowledge and experience we have gained. Because we witness a rapid change in every aspect of life. The phenomenon called globalization or globalization has removed commercial boundaries between countries in the world. Now all countries and sectors are setting a new roadmap for themselves according to global developments. Together with important opportunities, we have to demonstrate a successful strategic management to adapt to this rapid change involving serious risks and to take advantage of the opportunities of globalization by eliminating risks.
As you all know, it has not been easy for Kardemir to come today. These facilities, which were decided to be closed in 1994 on the grounds that they completed their economic and technological life, came to the brink of closing for the second time in the early 1995s after the privatization of 2000. Kardemir, which stood up again with the investments it made after 2002, is now entering its 81st year with new hopes and new goals.
Our target is to increase Kardemir to a production level of 2019 million tons at the end of 3,5 and to achieve a world-class production.
Our goal is to increase product diversity with high value-added strategic products, thus contributing to the closure of our country's foreign trade deficit, as well as improving our competitiveness.
Our goal is to increase our productivity with our product and service quality while reducing our costs in all production processes.
Our goal is to achieve a sustainable success that will contribute to the well-being and happiness of our employees, suppliers, customers, shareholders, Karabük people and our country while completing all our environmental investments and becoming a more environmentally friendly Kardemir.
We will accomplish this by giving hand in hand with our faith in Kardemir, Karabük sevdamız, our country love and our faith in each other.
I congratulate the 81st anniversary of all Karabük members and colleagues, and present my gratitude and gratitude to those who have contributed to the development of Kardemir and Karabük for 81 years, and I commemorate those who left us with mercy.