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European bank invests in Turkey’s leading packaging company


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Actera – the leading private equity investor in Turkey – and Esas Holding – a venture capital firm established by the Sabancı family –are acquiring a majority stake in Korozo, the leading Turkish producer of flexible packaging, the EBRD said in a statement on April 25. 

The new shareholders are moving to unlock the company’s growth potential and increase its competitiveness and integration in international markets, according to the statement.  

Founded in Istanbul in 1973 by brothers Liya and Refael Duvenyaz, Korozo has grown to become a major manufacturer of flexible packaging in Europe and the largest in Turkey. 

The company has nine plants across Turkey with a total capacity of 98 tons per year and is currently building a state-of-the-art facility in Çorlu, Tekirdağ province, in the northern Marmara region, to expand production and boost exports, according to the statement. 

More than half of Korozo’s production is exported to 80 countries worldwide. 

Jean Marc Peterschmitt, EBRD Managing Director for Industry, Commerce and Agribusiness, commented:

“Korozo is a great example of an ambitious Turkish firm which has started as a family business and grown into a truly international player. We are proud to become shareholders and support the company in its next phase of development as it seeks to become one of Europe’s leading producers of flexible packaging. It is this spirit of entrepreneurship, fuelled by skills and ambition, which is the driving force of the Turkish economy.”
 
Jeki Mizrahi, CEO of Korozo, said: “This partnership is a big step forward that will accelerate Korozo’s growth and investments to achieve our vision of becoming a leading player in the European packaging industry. We will continue to contribute to the Turkish economy, drive market growth and add value for all our business partners.”

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