Firmenich and MG International Fragrance Company today announced the construction of a new regional fragrance production hub on the MG International campus near Istanbul, Turkey. The 47 million Swiss franc investment will provide 20,000 tons of additional capacity to serve the dynamic markets of Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asian countries.
"This project is an important milestone in Firmenich's partnership with MG International Fragrance Company in 2019, demonstrating our shared commitment to providing a winning service to our customers and the strength of our engagement in this dynamic region, said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich. This state-of-the-art facility will be a true perfume production hub, meeting the rapidly growing demand of small and medium-sized customers across Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asian countries."
"We are very proud that our legacy of 186 years of combined fragrance business experience will continue with the alliance we began only two years ago, said MG International Fragrance Company CEO Aslan Gülçiçek. With Firmenich's continued and unparalleled investments in our country and in our business, we are demonstrating that we are committed to being a key player in these important markets in the region."
The construction of the regional fragrance production center was officially launched at a groundbreaking ceremony at the MG International and Firmenich campus in Gebze Industrial Zone. MG International Fragrance Company's honorary chairman Mişel Gülçiçek, Firmenich's director of operations Eric Nicolas and senior executives from both companies were present. The new facility is expected to be operational before the end of 2023, joining Firmenich's global network of 46 fragrance, flavor and ingredient plants around the world.
With approximately 15,000 square meters of space spread over four floors, the facility will house some of the most advanced digital production technologies and quality assurance labs in the industry. The highly automated plant will provide agile, high-quality service to meet the specific needs of the region's growing small and medium-sized businesses.
Sustainability criteria were integrated into the design of the project from the outset, in line with Firmenich's approach and its 2030 environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. The factory is planned as a Leed-certified green building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency, environmental protection and working environment.