Turkish Akgun Group ready to muscle up its plant

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Oyap Ethio-Industry and Trading Plc. an Akgun Group subsidiary, is scaling up its PVC manufacturing to have stronger presence in the local and international market domains.
Oyap Ethiopia Industry and Trade, a PVC profile manufacturer based in Burayu town in the western outskirt of Addis Ababa, is undertaking an expansion work to double its production. The expansion will be completed in the coming three months, according to the company’s officials.
The company that was established ten years ago is a pioneer PVC producer.
“We are producing 20,000 meters of PVC per day. This will be doubled after three months,” Ufuk Akgun, a board member of Akgun Group said. The company head said that they are working to be the leading PVC producer in Africa with views of expanding its reach of international markets.
Currently, the company is supplying its product for governmental and private construction projects in the country. “Our production is higher than the local demand. Due to this we are exporting the product to other countries,” Akgun said.
“When the expansion is completed, the company will introduce double glassing material that is produced locally,” he said.
According to Akgun, the company vies to supply its products, which are produced according to western standards, for the government housing project. Previously, the government has been using imported PVC materials for its housing projects.
Akgun said that Oyap also has a plan to raise its capital to 40 million dollars in the coming couple of years. “We will undertake another expansion on the PVC manufacturing plant that will be completed in the coming one and half year,” he added.
“Our target is to be the leading PVC producer in Africa,” Akgun added. “We are going to install high-tech machineries on the latest and the coming expansions,” he said.
The company wants to supply markets in neighboring countries on its immediate market reach widening plan, and it also plans to export to European and North American markets in the mid-term.
Currently, Oyap-Ethio Industry and Trading Plc. and Akgun Construction, a sister company of Oyap, investment in Ethiopia has reached USD 10 million.
Akgun Construction, a member of the Akgun Group based in Istanbul, is the construction wing of the Turkish company that mainly operates in Germany and Turkey.
The two companies that are under Akgun Group, a multi-billion dollar company, are the first companies that established an industry zone in Turkey about three decades ago. Akgun has businesses in Europe, US and Asia.
Akgun Group is waiting the green light from the government to embark on setting up a giant industry zone in Sendafa, Northeastern outskirt of Addis Ababa.
“We have already accumulated the adequate finance for the project that will take place in phases,” he said.