Kordsa Global CEO, Cenk Alper spoke at the Financial Times Conference organized in London
“We are creating Value by consuming less Resources”
Kordsa Global CEO, Cenk Alper attended the “Future of Manufacturing Summit” organized by Financial Times in London as a speaker. Making a speech in the session “Remaking Manufacturing – Circular Economy Opportunities” in the summit, Alper explained the link between being a sustainable brand and the manufacturing process and the value created for customers.
Being a speaker in the session entitled “Remaking Manufacturing – Circular Economy Opportunities” in the summit organized by Financial Times, Kordsa Global CEO, Cenk Alper pointed out that their strategies were based on sustainable and profitable growth. Expressing that they were working with the objectives of consuming less while manufacturing, meeting the zero-waste target, and offering to customers the products creating value which will serve the circular economy, Alper added the following: “Today, circular economy determines the manufacturing processes of ours, the industrialists. We all are searching for the ways to use the natural resources in a more efficient manner. Our sustainability approach is the main principle that allows our manufacturing processes at Kordsa to be more efficient. The programmes such as less water consumption, energy saving, support this sustainability principles and enable us to protect the world.
Kordsa Global CEO, Cenk Alper continued his speech, saying:
“With the perspective that we have adopted under circular economy, we have integrated sustainability programmes with our manufacturing processes in order to consume less natural resources that are already limited. While manufacturing, we are working with the principles of zero waste, energy saving and water consumption. Thanks to our wastewater treatment plant, we can recover and reuse at least 25% of the wastewater generated during manufacturing. We are working in line with the zero-waste target while manufacturing nylon 6.6 products, in the field of which we have become the global leader. All wastes generated during its manufacturing are used in the adjacent markets. On the other hand, with our energy saving program, we are targeting to consume 10-15% less energy on average. The good news is that thanks to our awarded energy saving program that we have started in 2014, we are now able to use less energy in our manufacturing process, and we have also succeeded in reducing our carbon emission rate. These developments are encouraging.
Besides this sensitivity that we show to our manufacturing processes, we are also contributing in the sector to remain in the circular economy with our products that we manufacture. In the tire reinforcement market that we are the leader of, the main issue is the lightweight and reduction of fuel consumption thanks to the tires getting lighter in weight. We are making innovations that will lighten the tires and we are contributing in fuel saving. We have not only made the tires lighter, but also made the technology used for them green. In the processes of adhesion of our tire reinforcement products to rubber, we have eliminated Formaldehyde used for adhesion from our chemical baths and developed a new chemical bath. With this new and green bath, an important step has been taken for occupational health and safety. We are working to expand this innovative technology all over the world, which we expect to catalyse the transformation of the tire industry.
In 2015, we have transferred our experience in tire reinforcement technologies to the composite technologies that will serve the circular economy. Now, we are able to lighten the parts of the vehicles with our composite technologies. Thus, we will contribute in the reduction of fuel consumption with lighter aircrafts and lighter vehicles.”
Cenk Alper ended his words, saying:
“In the composite reinforcement technologies, the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence is the most exciting output of our circular economy approach. Bringing together the industry and the university under one roof for the first time in Turkey, this center is an important ecosystem hosting the entire cycle extending from R&D to the manufacturing process. This cycle that will start with the R&D activities related with the new product will be continued with the production of the first prototype of the innovative product and its commercialisation processes. The academicians and production engineers will act as the common mind in the same location. With the value created in this ecosystem, we are trying to position Turkey as the technological base of the world.”