Article written by Almesan Aluminum Import and Risk Management Manager BENGÜ YILMAZ

I was born in Konya in 1985. I completed my high school education at Konya Meram Anatolian High School and my undergraduate education at Koç University Department of International Relations. After studying finance at the London School of Economics, I completed my master's degree in Capital Markets at Istanbul Commercial University in January this year.

I started my career as an import specialist at Mehtap kitchenware, a Selçuklu Holding company. I continue my job as an import and risk management manager I started in 2015 at Almesan aluminum as import expert.

Almesan aluminum, which operates in the aluminum flat product sector and is a leader in the production of discs and stamps, continues its activities by producing with its superior HAZELETT sheet band casting and hot rolling technology since 2009. 4000, 5000, 6000 series alloys are produced by Almesan for the first time in Turkey.

Almesan aluminum, the group company of Selçuklu Holding, aims to be a company that represents our cultural heritage in the best way by providing the highest contribution to every sector where aluminum is used as a semi-finished product and finished product by exceeding customer expectations.

As an exemplary company in the world, Almesan aluminum aims to add value to the sector in the production of aluminum semi-finished products and finished products with quality, innovative product, efficient production, occupational security, employee value, respect for idea and modern management understanding.

Almesan aluminum's production facilities located in Kocaeli Arslanbey Organized Industrial Zone have 100 thousand m2 outdoor and 50 thousand m2 indoor areas. With two 40 ton smelting and 30 tons holding capacity modern aluminum smelting furnaces and with Hazelett continuous sheet band casting technology it has an annual production capacity of 50 thousand tons of casting and hot rolled rolls. The investment process of sheet washing, stretching and trimming line, sheet roll slitting line and length cutting lines continues, and with the completion of these investments, we aim to produce an additional 30,000 tons of aluminum rolls and sheets per year.

Almesan aluminum completed its investments in sheet casting, cold rolling annealing and zigzag Press in 2015 with continuous casting technology capable of producing 1600 mm wide.

Almesan aluminum supplies raw materials, semi-finished products and cold hot formed machining parts to the kitchen industry as well as spare parts manufacturers of the world's leading automotive brands. Almesan, which takes its place in IDDMIB “Top 100 exporters” list in 2019, allocates half of its production to the export market. In addition, Almesan aluminum took its place in ISO's list of the second largest 500 industrial enterprises in Turkey.


After the September 11 Twin Tower attacks, controls were expected to be increased at customs to prevent crimes such as terrorism, smuggling, but international trade and the economy did not slow down. For this reason, companies that provide adequate reliability conditions need to facilitate customs procedures, and companies that provide the necessary conditions are included in the scope of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). Almesan aluminum granted right for Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) status with its reliability, reliable and traceable commercial records, and financial competence and safety and reliability conditions in 2018.

As Almesan, today we have directed half of our production to exports to 4 continents and we aim to increase this rate in 2020. The Authorized Economic Operator status certificate has given us momentum in line with this goal by ensuring that our costs are reduced and our foreign trade time periods are reduced.  It is because increasing globalization and international competition has made companies that produce at low cost and in short periods of time even more advantageous. With YYS certificate, we can complete our customs procedures in much easier and shorter periods within the scope of green line application. The short completion of import processes in Green Line implementation without being subjected to Red Line goods inspection or document inspection has given us the opportunity to better manage our operational processes, planning and production efficiency.  As a result of customs procedures that were facilitated and accelerated by the application of green line, cost items such as demurrage and storage have also largely disappeared. ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Thanks to the advantageous collateral rate that we use in imports that we make within the scope of the domestic processing regime with the application of lump sum collateral, we have achieved a serious financing advantage.

In our export operations, the application of the green line prevented possible delays caused by customs, and the advantage of being exempt from the determination of sameness. Having an AEO certificate applied in more than 50 countries around the world, especially in EU countries, America, China, Japan and it has led to us being recognized as a reliable company in international markets, making us an even stronger company in exports.