Operating in the textile, textile dyeing, food, recycling, and tourism sectors; BLC group started with a 50% growth target in 2021. The company aims to achieve significant growth rates by increasing its investments and production capacity as countries carrying out their activities with China turn to the Turkish market after the pandemic. BLC Group, one of Turkey’s leading textile manufacturers, stands out among its competitors by valuing digital transformation and environmental production.
Kahramanmaraş Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and Chairman of BLC Group Şahin Balcıoğlu said in the statement that they have actualised 3 million euro technology investments in textiles. Relaying that monthly production capacity in Çabasan Tekstil will reach 1,200 tons with an increase in capacity and investment in automation, Balcıoğlu told; “Large groups that have stopped buying from China and India have started to turn to us. As the demand is headed to Turkey and Kahramanmaraş, the heart of textiles, both Kahramanmaraş exporters and BLC Group will achieve significant growth rates”.
“Export demand per order increased to 10 trucks”
Şahin Balcıoğlu stated that Europeans looking for reliable sources are turning to the Turkish market in textiles and iron-steel; and that this situation will contribute to the exports of Kahramanmaraş region by 40-50%. Balcıoğlu said; “Countries that carry out all their activities through China, including major brands, have turned to us because of the virus. Global brands previously working with 2-3 companies or only İstanbul based, are also asking for support from us today. Now, export demand per order increased from 2-3 trucks to 10 trucks. This makes us proud and is a great opportunity to demonstrate our competencies”.
Noting that 80% of their products go to export directly or indirectly, Balcıoğlu said; “Kahramanmaraş produces 36% of the total textile market in Turkey and 3% of the world ”.
Manufacturing for global fashion giants with zero error
BLC Group works with giant brands and stands out as one of the companies leading the digitalisation of production in Turkey. Continuing to invest in Industry 4.0, the group achieved its goal of zero error in production. The company plans to switch to full automation with its ongoing investments, and manufactures for global fashion giants such as Versace, Cavalli, Moschino, Strauss, Alpha Industries with zero error.
BLC Group Board Member and TOBB Kahramanmaraş President of Young Entrepreneurs Aykut Balcıoğlu told about the digitization investments of the group, which is now trying to reach its goal of full automation, as follows: “Our primary goal with digitalisation was to reach zero error, hence efficiency, by Industry 4.0 methods. At this stage, we have achieved this goal. Reaching zero error means increasing our production capacity. We’ve saved significantly on time. Our capacity has improved as well as our quality”.
BLC Group increases its investments in recycling
Explaining that they have invested significantly in waste management and recycling in recent years, thus in the circular economy, Şahin Balcıoğlu said that they continue to carry out the preparatory work for the Green Deal. Indicating that this is an issue they have been working on for a long time and attach great importance to as BLC Group, Balcıoğlu said; “We maintain our work in many areas, from natural gas cycle plant to clean energy use, and updating company vehicles according to this system, as well as preparing our products with a more environmentalist, more ecological and recyclable approach”.
Balcıoğlu stated that they signed an agreement with Gaziantep Üniversitesi Teknokent on recycling and circular economy, and continued his words as follows; “Next, we will move our work to even more advanced levels. We will double our work and investments in recycling. These practices will dominate all our businesses”.
BLC Group has been producing environmentally sensitive and recycled fibers and wastes for many years, and responds to orders from global brands with these products. As one of the two companies in Turkey with Green Leaf Certificate, BLC Group contributes to the circular economy with its recycling collections.