Mks Devo; Poduces Far Ahead of its Competitors with Technology

We talked with Korgun Şengün, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MKS DevO Kimya, who explained to Tekstil Trend Magazine, the status of the company and its products and the chemistry industry: “MKS DevO, which has been the market leader in the sector for years with its digital printing preparation polymer, is located in the top 10 organic chemical factories. Our main goal is to develop partnership with European and Japanese head producers in Turkey. We need to be a project partner with those who develop new technologies. We have the technology to purify raw reactive dye. Our goal is to make Turkey a production base in digital printing paints and make it a hub, a hub where big producers buy their goods and build their goods.”

IMG-20181015-WA0018Can you give us information about MKS DevO and business lines? 

Can you give us information about MKS DevO and business lines? The chemical industry imports a significant portion of the raw material used for production by imports. Approximately 70 percent of the raw material used is imported, while 30 percent is covered by domestic production. MKS DevO Kimya is a large organic chemical factory in Turkey with a capacity of 120.000 tons / year working for the domestic substitution of Turkey’s import of chemical that is approaching 50 Billion USD. At the same time, our factory is located in the top 10 organic chemical plants with this capacity. Its main activity is organic chemistry and  has been producing basic raw materials for her main business lines such as Detergent Industry, Plastic Industry, Construction Industry (Concrete Plasticizers), Denim and Textile Industry and Digital Printing.

Can you elaborate on the work carried out on MKS DevO business lines? 

Our main business is detergent industry. We produce the system called Co-Builder with the production of polymer and phosphonates of Detergent industry. We supply the leading detergent companies in Turkey and Europe. Our second big job is construction. We also produce the fluidizing chemistry that causes 60% of the ready-mixed concrete you see in Turkey.

We are also the largest in this field in Turkey. Our third big work is the production of plastic phthalate. We produce plasticizers which are used in the production of many products from the stretches used in households to the syringe used in medicine, using new technologies without phthalate (in response to phthalate products from China). We produce DOTP, DOA (DioctylAdipate) and DPHP in Turkey, and we do this in partnership with a giant Swedish company.

The most prominent textiles in terms of textiles are Sulfur Black dyestuff and Denim Auxiliary Chemicals which we produce for Denim Sector and the Preliminary Polymer and Reactive Inks for Digital Printing. We produce Sulfur Black Dyes which are produced under the brand Sultan Black® with a series of reactions starting from DNCB (Dinitrochlorobenzene). In this sense, we are one of the two producers in Europe. In addition to dye production, we also produce naphthalene sulphonate in our sulphonation plant and various alcohol esters in our esterification plant. The most important of these are 2EHP and 2EHS. These are the raw materials of detergents and wetting agents that are used in textile fabrics such as hard surface cleaners and glass cleaners, washing bottles, washing milk bottles.

How do you position yourself in the world and in our country for dye manufacturing? 

We are a paint manufacturer with a large production volume. There are companies that bring powder black paint from China and sell in various constructions. This is not an ordinary job. Because in conventional production technology, 60 kg water is used in China to produce 1 kg sulfur black dyestuff and waste is formed. This does not have sustainability in the world. As China develops its products technologically, it is moving away from lower technology goods. While powder Sulfur paint was 1.40 dollars per kilogram, now it has become a product sold with $ 2.50. For this reason, China no longer wants to produce it. Treatment costs are increasing. The Chinese government says ”Don’t do this, it’s a production with much more waste! the state also fines major penalties.

Why was China cheap? Because there was no refinement costs, without a refinement cost, it became an unjust competition. What does it mean to use 60 kg of water for 1 kg of paint? We produce 2 thousand tons in Turkey today. If we do this with month 2 thousand tons of 60 kg waste, it will make 120 thousand tons of waste and the cost of the treatment plant that will process it will exceed 1 million dollars. We produce with MKS DevO technology and doing this with a technology that China cannot do. We use 1 kg water for 1 kg paint, they use 60 kg water for 1 kg paint. We have only one competitor in Europe. This company also uses 6 kg of water for 1 kg of paint. We are at a very advanced point compared to our competitors.


mks7What kind of work do you have for digital printing products in textile? 

MKS DevO, which has been the market leader in the sector for many years with its Sultan Eye digital printing preparation polymer, has also offered Sultan Ink Reactive Digital Printing Ink to the sector. And is still used in the companies which are reference in the field such as Zorlu Tekstil, Öztek Textile, İlay Tekstil. We have been carrying out the work of our product which is currently in R & D in textile for four years on digital printing side. Our main goal is to develop partnership with European and Japanese head producers in Turkey. Although we have mastered all the parameters related to the production of ink, we preferred to proceed slowly. So we are not very interested in trading this business as of now. Because if a Turk says this about his digital work: “I made ink, I produced something like that “ doesn’t mean anything by itself. You know why it means nothing? Because this technology is constantly changing, developing. If you remove the Kyocera KJ4B heads today and make KJ5B, everyone focus on the new product and the old products remain in your hand. So what do you have to do? As a solution, you need to act together with the man who develops it. It is necessary to be together with these developers and to be an element of their R & D work. This is also called: Partner / Project partner. That’s our point of view. We don’t have such an idea like: If we were on the market, we would sell 30 tons, 40 tons of ink per month, it is necessary to evaluate these jobs on a long-term basis and to keep your goals large.

The development of the chemical industry in Turkey has always been troubled by the dependence on imports. According to the recently announced medium term plan, there are five strategic plans and two of them are chemical and petrochemicals. Two of the five strategic jobs: chemistry, petrochemicals.

Ink is a form of chemistry, we are interested in it. Not selling ink. Digital machine manufacturers, head producers do not know the chemistry side of the business. At this point they are trying to offer a partnership that will complement that lack of chemistry. Some large firms try to bring something from the UK and Indonesia with personal efforts. At this point, if a company that produces zero scratches has the technology to bring the raw reactive dye here and turn it into ink with its purification so that it can be adjusted to digital, you have finished the dependence on foreign sources. Color Index numbers are specific, we can get raw reactive dye from all over the world. If we bring this like a semi-formulated state from Indonesia or Singapore, put some hazelnut peanuts and say we made ink, ’and then sell it, this is not a job, it cannot be sustained. We have to do permanent and sustainable works.

mks6What is your goal in digital printing? 

We need to be a project partner with those who develop new technologies. We look at our business in the long term and with great goals. We have the technology to purify raw reactive dye. This year we expect a turnover of $ 50 million. We just started with Turkey. Today, including the UK, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Qatar, Romania, Czech, Pakistan P & G and Unilever factories are giving products from Turkey. This is happening slowly. If you go with sure steps, this is very good, but not easy. These accreditations are those that develop in a very long time. We are very advantageous here in the foreign partnership business, already we have been doing this for many years with Unilever and Perstorp with Procter & Gamble. So these accreditation issues are our specialty. I hope we will make Turkey a production base on this digital and we want to make turkey a hub where all these big producers buy their goods, and produce their goods.

How do you manage waste management in the chemical sector? 

We need to show that the chemical industry can work ecologically. We bring our guests from abroad to the factory. They also visited other places that produced digital. These are 300-500-1000 square meters of workshop size. When they see our huge 100,000 square meter organic chemical factory, they lean on their backs and trust us. They say that “this company serves so many sectors. So this is really a chemical factory, and we can move on at this point. They can even guide us.” When we bring our new idea in the next step, we can do a part of our R&D here. This is a consolidation job.

Waste management is very important for Turkey and the world. There is a very important waste management in our factory. In our factory, besides the output of a plant, we designed the by-product or waste as the input of the other plant. These products are selected and invested in this way. Today, the chemical industry in the world is constructed by how much it manages the waste. This is very important! we consider “How do we make the side reaction products input for the other facility when we build a plant?” Because there is no garbage from organic chemistry. How should we evaluate them? Magnesium sulfate comes out of a reaction. What is Magnesium Sulphate? Salt which is laid on the roads in winter. For example; on the one hand calcium sulfate occurs, it is the salt which sheetrock is produced from.  It is its input. Goes to the cement factory. Ammonia occurs from one another, ammonia is the input of another facility. It is a chain that completes each other. Cost in chemistry is waste. China has now started to bear this cost. Turkey has a big role in the chemical industry. The increase in prices in China means that prices in the world will rise. With China’s increasing prices, although we are so close to Europe In the field of chemistry, we have $50 billion in imports and $ 15 billion in exports. Therefore, chemistry is the sector in which we give a huge current account deficit. 40% of this is organic chemistry. A market of 15 billion dollars is in front of us and no competitor knows this market well. Today, if we evaluate the opportunities and make permanent business, we can make a great distance in exports. Thus, we increase our ownership in the world market and prevent the current account deficit. We are going to export and consider ourselves as the important part of this business.

IMG_1359Raw materials and export

We may not be able to develop the print head in digital printing. But we can be actors other than that. We need to understand the issue of export, current account deficit and raw material correctly. We cannot develop the technology we need to produce the head today. We cannot develop head so we import it. We cannot think and deny it as raw material and we must take it. Because this is a technology however, we must be players of other components, such as the preparation polymer of the ink, the sultan eye. We don’t have ethylene. No Ethylene means no organic chemistry.

Ethylene is the most important input in the world. Without ethylene, neither plastic nor organic chemistry can work. Everything is meaningful with ethylene. It’s an enormous input. No ethylene in Turkey. What we should do? Now we need ethylene. Is there ethylene? No! Where does it come from? From petrochemicals. Is there oil? No! We have one refinery. So what should we do? In fact, Turkey has a lot of Ethylene. We have to think about this and put forward some solutions. We have both knowledge and large information on this subject.

Can we produce paper? 

We cannot produce. What is the input? Cellulose. The cellulose in the paper is obtained from eucalyptus tree but there is very little in Turkey. These trees are planted by SEKA in Fethiye. Since there is not enough cellulose, paper is a sector where we can be a textile manufacacturer for us. But what is important here is that recycling can be achieved. The point we’re missing is the waste. We may be unable to produce it, but recycling is in our hands. Turkey is the world’s most prodigal country for bread Turkey is the country that wastes the most paper without recycle, that wastes aluminum and throws it away. Let us explain with a simple example: We import paper for the newspaper. We give this product to print, but we can’t reclaim them, we’ll get the goods again if we can. Cellulose doesn’t die. Unfortunately, we are not aware of the areas we are poor? This is not acceptable. Yes we may be an importer, but  If we know the value of this import goods and if we take it back and evaluate it, we take our imports down. We have become a consuming society.

Unfortunately! Moreover, we do not have this in our Islamic life. When we look at the life of the Messenger of Allah (May Peace be upon him- SAV), to avoid of consuming was his life philosophy. Recycling should be national duty, not arbitrary. Over the past few weeks, the Ovp (medium-term plan) has been announced and savings measures have been included. However, we could not see that citizens were included in savings measures. If only there would be an incentive like… Every house will bring that much paper… If we know the value of the final commodity and recycle, we can reduce the raw material needs.

Can we learn your thoughts on health and safety and education? 

We have to do the training from the bottom to the up. Same  as job security. Early education is not provided. Hundreds of thousands of people in our country suffer from work accidents every year because we do not teach work safety from elementary school. The employer is only one element of the work accidents. Without workers, no accidents. I don’t mean the worker is guilty. The employer is one of the elements and the Job is another. But another worker. If the worker cannot comprehend and perceive a place open to the accident, or don’t care take as much safety as you want there. There would be an accident. We need to start from elementary school. This is the way to stop so much work accidents, traffic accidents, etc. from here. This education should be assigned to parents from primary school.

mks8What would you like to say about import and export? 

Our point is: We are dependent on imports, this situation cannot be solved by customs tariff statistical positions. I even expressed to our minister and undersecretary that this cannot be resolved. And how to solve it? The solution is very simple: 80% of Turkey’s total industry is located in Turkey’s first 1000 large industrial enterprises. You fully consolidate these 1000 major industrial enterprises. Let’s leave GTIP. Upload the goods you have imported with the invoice to the system. Upload TDS and MSDS. What are you buying? Where do you buy? Then open a portal to these chemical companies within 1000. Who’s involved with chemistry here? The prices, the amounts will look. What should not be seen? Not to the importers. Then work, work, work, say; the 300 items here. I’ll do it! R & D activities should be started and this invoice should be supported over the goods received through the invoice. 

Then the samples will be requested to be delivered to the pool and the inspections of these domestic productions will be carried out in the coordination office. By acceptance of trial results or with the removal of critic. The completion of the R&D is ensured. After the agreement on cost and production quantity is reached, they should be invited to coordination office in Ankara. Buyers and sellers are brought together side by side. May their workshops are made. The transaction is completed and the invoice is closed. This is how to do! This job is closed with such one-to-one, fighting. Not otherwise. Oh, you couldn’t? Go to the know-how of this. Provide also support. Go to Tubitak. Make it a stakeholder of the study. This is how to do it!. Other kinds of incentives, GTIP, R & D center It’s a waste of time, too..

This doesn’t work with GTIP. Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM), do you have the importers assembly? No! Turkey’s problem is import, isn’t it ? So if you’re going to take control of your imports, you’il have inventory! If you don’t have your inventory, it won’t work. You will to establish the importer assembly of Turkey . It’s that simple. We would like to thank Korgun Şengün, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MKS DevO Kimya, for their comments on Textile Trend Magazine.




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