Turkey-based ceramic sanitary wares firm Elginkan Group sees the Philippines as a possible hub for Southeast Asia.
General Manager Ihsan Bosum of the Elginkan Group told The Manila Times that the group is looking at the Philippines as a possible trading distribution center, and may eventually put up manufacturing facilities in the country depending on the performance and market participation that they will gain domestically.
Bosum added that they have considered the Philippines and first visited the country among other Asian countries, because of “good recommendations” given by different international leaders at trade delegations they attended during the past years.
Elginkan was part of a Turkish trade delegate that recently visited the country, which served as a “feasibility visit” to study the investment conditions in the Philippines.
The delegates’ visit to the Philippines stemmed from the “good relations tied” between Turkey and the country, after former President Fidel Ramos made a state visit to Turkey way back in 1995.
The Elginkan Group operates 14 factories in Turkey, and has a total of 18 companies and trading and distribution centers all over the world mostly in Europe, United States and Africa. About 60 percent of the group’s total production is for export to 100 countries except to the Asia-Pacific region.
The companies and brands under the group include Serel for ceramic sanitary wares, Matel for ceramic raw materials, E.C.A. for faucets and valves, Elba for steel panel radiators, Emas for house heating devices and appliances, Elsel for gas meters and regulators, Elsan for brass raw materials, Odöksan for cast iron products, Emar for after sales service or customer and human relations, and Eleks Foreign Trade Co. for trading and distribution.