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Kastamonu Entegre was awarded the Sustainable Business Award for its Innovation Management Project

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The Kastamonu Entegre group of companies was recognized as the winner of Sustainable Business Awards 2020 in the Employee Involvement category. The Innovation Management: From Idea to Implementation Project, based on one of the four components of the company's sustainable development strategy, became the victory platform.

Kastamonu Entegre - an international brand in the wood processing industry - is a leader in innovations and sustainability. The holding became the winner in four categories of Sustainable Business Awards 2020, which is one of the most reputable awards in the field of sustainable development. The Sustainable Business Awards competition organized by the Sustainability Academy is held in order to draw attention to the projects that make a significant contribution not only to solving social and economic issues, but also care about a favorable environmental future.

Haluk Yıldız, CEO of Kastamonu Entegre, said:

"For us, this award is of great value and an important source of motivation. The national award, where projects of leading companies are evaluated by an authoritative jury, is one of the best indicators that we have chosen the right path in this regard.

We have provided our employees with a platform where they can share any ideas and suggestions within the framework of the Innovation Management: From Idea to Implementation Project. This project is based on principles of equal opportunities, prevents all types of discrimination and thus allows our employees to use maximum opportunities in the company."

Kastamonu shares the principle of employee value all over the world. In Russia, the company, in its turn, implements a number of projects aimed at supporting personnel. Not so long ago, company's specialists received a free second higher education at the Kazan Technological University (KNITU) in the field of engineering and technology of wood boards and wood-polymer composites production. In addition, employees annually undergo professional training in other cities of Russia and in the Republic of Turkey, participate in trainings, seminars, and professional conferences.

For several years, the company has been successfully operating the Kaizen management system aimed at the company's continuous development. Within its framework, any employee can offer their ideas for improving certain work processes. Incoming proposals cover various aspects of production activities: reducing equipment downtime, attracting fewer employees, ensuring occupational safety, reducing the risk of injury, protecting the environment, reducing raw material costs, improving efficiency, and many others.

In addition, the company operates a unique performance management system, one of the components of which is a comprehensive management of key professional competencies of employees. To constantly maintain employees’ qualifications at the proper level, ways of developing their competencies are determined, goals are set and their achievement is monitored together with the manager.

About Kastamonu Entegre

The group of companies of Kastamonu Entegre was established in 1969 as a part of the Hayat holding. The company specializes in the manufacturing of MDF wood boards, particleboards, laminate flooring, door skin panels, and glossy panels. The consolidated turnover of Kastamonu Entegre amounts to €1.3 billion. The annual production of wood boards is 5 million m3, laminate flooring – 70 million m2.

Hayat Holding, which includes Kastamonu Entegre, was founded in 1937 and today consists of 41 companies in various business areas. Hayat unites brands such as Papia, Familia, Bingo, Molfix and many others.

Kastamonu Entegre has 18 plants in 7 countries: Turkey, Russia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the USA. The company ranks No. 7 internationally and No. 4 in Europe among the largest companies in the wood processing industry.

Having started its production in the town of Kastamonu as a 100% domestic company, Kastamonu Entegre has been providing uninterrupted production of wood boards for half a century, which is one of the most courageous steps taken in the process of industrialization of Turkey. Kastamonu Entegre which has production facilities in 6 regions, including the provinces of Kastamonu, Gebze, Balikesir, Samsun, Tarsus and Adana, has grown into a global brand that has invested in Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Italy and Turkey and became the first company with foreign investments in the industry with production in 6 different countries. In addition, the company has opened a branch in the United States, which manages the procurement of wood chips and logistics processes.

Kastamonu Entegre has become the world's seventh largest company in the wood board industry with over 20 years of foreign investments and is one of the top four manufacturers in Europe. It is one of the four largest manufacturers in the world for each of its main product groups: MDF, particleboards, laminate flooring, and door skin panels. It accounts for 6% of world production of laminate flooring. Kastamonu Entegre is not only Turkey's industry leader with a market share of 30%, it is also an industry leader with annual imports to more than 100 countries on six continents: from China to America and from Australia to Canada. 60% of the company's turnover is obtained from foreign enterprises and exports.

With the power, knowledge and experience in manufacturing, the company employs more than 6 thousand people at its domestic and foreign production facilities and offices. At its sites with a total production capacity of 5.6 million m3 of wood boards per year, the company produces MDF and particleboards, laminate, tabletops and door skin panels satisfying the needs of furniture, finishing and construction industries. The company produces a scope of products that is used daily to finish 4,500 homes. For the past ten years, Kastamonu Entegre has been ranked among the top 50 companies in the 500 leading industrial enterprises of Turkey (ISO 500). The company is the proud owner of the title "The largest Turkish investor in Italy", and is also considered to be the largest manufacturer and exporter of MDF in Russia.

Responding to the needs of its customers, Kastamonu Entegre manufactures FSC and CARB2 / EPA certified products. It receives wood raw materials from 100% sustainable and renewable sources. In addition, the E1 production quality control is carried out at all its facilities. Floorpan and Artfloor are the first Turkish parquet brands that have received the Blue Angel certificate, which indicates that environmentally friendly materials are used in the production, as well as that products do not contain substances harmful to the human health. With a mission to preserve the natural balance and contribute to the society, the company is one of three companies that have prepared a report on sustainable development in the industry. It conducts research on the product and process development, efficiency improvement, resource management and advanced materials technologies at its research and development center in Istanbul, which was established to develop technologies of the future.


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