Nihan Ganjuk, Kartal Kimya: “To follow and implement developing production technologies constitutes our investment plan of top priority. We never dare to say “we have our factory, and we produce somehow” For example, if the technology in the packaging has changed, we are adapting it immediately. In this way, we can stand behind our word on state-of-the art technology. “
Feed Planet Magazine had an interview with Kartal Kimya, Turkey’s leading manufacturers of feed additives. Veterinarian Nihan Ganjuk reminded amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes were introduced to Turkey through Kartal Kimya, and also they are referred to as best in the Balkans and the Middle East thanks to Turkey’s best and most technologically advanced manufacturing plant. Kartal Kimya exports to the countries of Eurasia, especially the Turkic Republics, and performs analyzes in its own laboratory in order to control the quality standard of its products.
We have talked with Nihan Ganjuk about history of Kartal Kimya, range of products, production facilities, employed technologies and company’s role in the market and future goals. Ganjuk gives more details.
Ms. Ganjuk, could you please explain to us how Kartal Kimya was founded and how it made progress towards its position in present day?
Kartal Kimya was founded in 1985 by Yusuf Kanat. The purpose of its establishment is to contribute to the national economy via a local firm. At this point, I would like to talk about Yusuf Kanat’s career briefly. Yusuf Kanat was engaged in feed additives industry in 1969, at laboratory section of Roche. In 1972, he established the Veterinary pharmaceutical, flavor and feed additive department in Roche for the first time in Turkey and he acted as a manager until his retirement in 1984. In 1985 he established Kartal Kimya in 4 Levent, aiming to use this knowledge to contribute to the development of Turkish livestock. Headquarters of the rapidly growing company is moved to Maslak. However, Yusuf Kanat, aiming at the development of animal husbandry by increasing the quality of European technologies and feed additives, has rebuilt its production facility in Gebze Organize Sanayi -its current location- in 1995, by using the highest technology in Europe and Turkey with a great investment. Immediately afterwards, headquarters is also moved to the said land in 2000 in order to benefit performing operations of production units and headquarters from a single point. Yusuf Kanat introduced amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes to Turkey for the first time through Kartal Kimya. Today we still preserve important sections of our first factory like a museum in our factory as a reminder of old days.
Could we please get some information about Kartal Kimya’s areas of activity, range of products and raw material resources thereof?
Since the first day of its establishment, Kartal Kimya has become the most important player in the animal health and feed additives sector with its financial strength, production capacity, vision, entrepreneurial structure and innovative products. Kartal Kimya is referred to as best in the Balkans and the Middle East thanks to Turkey’s best and most technologically advanced manufacturing plant. Our factory was built entirely by Bühler making use of the latest technology available. It is awarded with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 systems, FAMI-QS certificates and it features micro dosing, product traceability, full automatic packaging, Kraft bags, and quality control laboratory systems.
Kartal Kimya’s range of products for feed additives is as follows: vitamin and mineral premixes (for all animal species), water soluble vitamin and mineral premixes, colorants, antioxidols and preservatives, prebiotics and probiotics, enzymes, toxin binders, antioxidants, amino acids, range of products as farm solutions, veterinary drug premixes, phytotherapeutics and natural herbal premixes.
You mentioned a little but would you please give more detailed information about your production facilities, capacity and the technologies that you benefit? What is your company’s competence regarding capacity and use of technology?
Today, Kartal Kimya has the most modern production facilities in Turkey and Europe, which was established in Gebze Organized Industry Zone in 1995. The physical reason for the innovation and high quality of Kartal Kimya’s products is the production plant built entirely by Bühler. Our company benefits from fully automatic production system. In addition to large and medium scale silos containing vitamins and minerals, we can also weigh up to 200 grams of highly sensitive vitamin and additive groups with the micro dosing unit in Kartal Kimya, the first one in Turkey. Our premixes are prepared for shipment, packaged with an absolute homogenization and without undergoing contamination at any stage of the process from weighing to packaging.
In order to control the quality standard of the products that we produce in Kartal Kimya, we make analyzes in our own laboratory. We test the quality of all the products we produce in Kartal Kimya 6 times in 1500 kg of each batch product in our own laboratory and we keep a duplicate of used sample for one year.
What is the place and role of Kartal Kimya in the Turkish feed market? What distinguishes Kartal Kimya from other competitors in Turkey?
Production of healthy, reliable and high-quality products with our innovative approach and high-level technological infrastructure, and customer satisfaction is our company’s adopted mission. Since 1985 we have been a leading company in the feed additives industry. The most important reason for this is the fact that Yusuf Kanat’s technical knowledge on the subject of products has reached a great level based on his experience and also he is one of the first veterans introducing feed additives to Turkey. Our brand is known by almost everyone holding important positions in feed additives industry. Our production plant donated with an unequalled technology in Turkey ensures our top quality production. However, I must also emphasize that our premixes are formulated as a result of years of experience and thanks to our expert staff in animal nutrition. A high amount of an element can cause a lack of another element. For this reason, only using premixes mixed at the right proportions will provide you with positive results.
In recent years, almost all of the big global brands in the field of feed additives specializes are active in market with their headquarters in Turkey. Many companies are sold to international brands and some are incorporated. Today, Kartal Kimya is a company of Turkish capital and has always been among the top three companies in the market for the last 32 years.
Would you please give us some information about international organization of Kartal Kimya? What would you say about your export operations, the first countries of export?
Kartal Kimya manages all export operations from Central Unit in Gebze. We have been actively exporting since 2010 with our brand called “Kavimix”. We export to Eurasia countries even though countries of export may change in some years for political or personal reasons. However, the region that we work most actively is Turkic Republics.
Would you please talk about your new investments or investment plans, if any? What could you say about Kartal Kimya’s future goals?
To follow and implement developing production technologies constitutes our investment plan of top priority. We never dare to say “we have our factory, and we produce somehow”. For example, if the technology in the packaging has changed, we are adapting it immediately. In this way, we can stand behind our word on state-of-the art technology. “Our laboratory equipment is another area of investment. Our attention to quality can be noticed in our laboratories. We test the quality of all the products we produce in Kartal Kimya 6 times in 1500 kg of each batch product in our own laboratory. We keep a duplicate of used sample for one year. For example, with our latest ICP-OES instrument in our laboratory, we analyze all the elements and heavy metals in the premixes and minerals at ppb level.
We are focused on solution products this year. The trend in the world is to reduce use of drugs and induce right and protective feeding for animals. For this reason, we want to evidence how we can prevent frequently encountered diseases by means of right feeding. Our Karbio brand is the first range of our solution products for farm animals. Formulas that we have developed for special cases such as commonly encountered foot diseases, hot stress, trans period feeds in farm animals. To present innovative products is among our goals.
With “Environmentalist Facility Award”, we can see the importance given to the environment by Kartal Kimya. So, what does Kartal Kimya do about environmental sensitivity?
Kartal Chemistry Production Plan with its sustainable waste management policies, its operations sensitive towards environment and “Environmentalist Facility Award” granted in line with investments made thereof underlines its commitment to environment and sustainable life. Kartal Kimya has ISO-14001 Environment Management System Certificate, ISO-9001, FAMI-QS and Environmental Permit Certificate and keeps environmental effects under control at every stage from the purchasing process to the products put on the market. The company aims to reduce waste at the source of waste through sustainable waste management policies applied for the protection of the environment and ensures that wastes can be disposed of by collecting waste collected separately at the source with appropriate methods.
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