Teksan Tin House's founder Adem Aktas on the phone in his office

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Teksan expanded its product variety by focusing on R&D

Being a metal packaging manufacturer, Teksan Tin House is expanding its product variety continuously with R&D work. Teksan Tin House Managing Coordinator Gokhan Aktas said that their R&D scope is mainly consisting of difficult tins that aren't manufactured in Turkey and because of the difficulty, they can only develop a few new products every year. Noting that as a result of all this focus in R&D, in 2016 they received Gold Packaging Award at Crescent and Stars of Packaging competition, Best of Best Award at AsiaStar competition, and Award For Packaging Excellence at WorldStar, Aktas said "We launched three new products in 2016. We have another new product this year which we are about to introduce to the market. We think it will be another award winner."

Gokhan Aktas stated that they are always working on R&D as they don't manufacture standard tins and actually, continuous R&D is a must as they have to study the raw materials all the time to offer better quality to customers. Informing that they allocate about 6% of their turnover into R&D, Aktas stated that they plan to continue the same way in the future too.

 

Our production consists of 90% decorative tins, and 10% industrial cans

 

Reminding that they have been in the metal packaging manufacturing business since 1968, Gokhan Aktas informed that 90 percent of their production consists of decorative tins used mainly in confectionery, chocolate, promotions, and tea, and 10 percent consists of industrial cans used in for products such as oil, seeds, and coffee. Aktas also stated that they are an integrated facility and that all operations after receiving the raw material until the tins are shipped, including offset printing and embossing applications, are carried out by them. Explaining that they will enter their 50th year as a company in 2018, Aktas noted that they aim to be the best in the business and that they try to do this with the trust of their customers, the dedication of their employees, and the support of their suppliers.

 

Increased production speed with the investing in new machinery

Gokhan Aktas, who said that the slow down in orders that started at the end of 2016 due to the unfavorable market conditions, continued until the first half of this year, but noted that there was a come back in orders with the summer season and that they think this trend will continue until the end of the year and help them resume their growth. Aktaş also informed that they had purchased new machinery to speed up production at the beginning of 2016, "We commissioned the machine within a few months. Thus, we increased our production speed by automating some processes. As Teksan, our work on automation continues. However, we are currently in the process of purchasing new machinery. "We are not planning on new investments," he said.

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Aiming to go up to 50% in exports

Pointing out that they can export all the products they have developed, Gokhan Aktas stated that their exports have been at about 25 percent for the last few years. Saying that they have seen a remarkable increase in the first half of this year, Aktas underlined that with this increase, they think they will end the year with an export rate of 30 percent. Informing that they aim to increase the export rate to 50 percent in the medium term, Aktas said, "We predict that we can reach this target in a few years. We have exported to approximately 30 countries so far. We export most of our exports to the European Union countries. However, in 2016 and this year, our sales to the Middle East also increased. We want to increase our regional diversity in exports," he said.

Gokhan Aktas, who also touched upon the problems they have experienced in the business said that finding experienced staff is one of the main problems and emphasized that long term employees generally quit their job after completing their 15th year, and they could not find  replacements or workers who are willing to come and get training. Explaining that in addition to the worker problem, there are also problems with the lack of predictability in the business. Aktas said that they had difficulty in setting targets and that they were trying to overcome this with regional diversity.