Committed to Excellence…

Izmir continues to be one of the most important centers in the world for manufacturing and trade. It has a rich history of 8,500 years and today has a population of nearly 4,5 million. The city of Gaziemir, which was only a small village with a population of 40,000 when the Aegean Free Zone started in 1990, is one of the fastest developing and prospering cities in Turkey today, with a population of nearly 150,000 people.

Today there are 18 free zones in Turkey, with a total annual trade volume of $20 billion USD, making up 5% of Turkey’s foreign trade.

The Aegean Free Zone is one of the largest free zones and export bases in Turkey, with an annual trade volume of $4 billion USD and employment of 21,000 people.

Companies operating in the Aegean Free Zone support the culture of innovation in our country and contribute to the economy by helping to turn new ideas into businesses. This is best demonstrated by looking at the export and trade volume.

In Turkey, the average value for exports has been realized at $1.33 USD per kilogram in the last three years. Increasing this rate is extremely challenging as it requires investment in technology-intensive sectors. However, at the Aegean Free Zone, the average export value was $8.92 USD per kilogram in the last three years.

We take pride in our past accomplishments, which are the best predictor of future achievements. Our aim is to further this success so that ESBAS continues to prosper for many more years to come, continuing the vision of Kaya Tuncer, the founder of the Aegean Free Zone.

All of us will continue to perform our best to get the highest possible results in order to reach this goal. We are committed to achieving excellence. Our principles of Courage, Perseverance, Integrity, Commitment, Innovation and Respect will always lead us on the right path.

I would like to express my gratitude to our shareholders, business partners and all current and potential users of our Zone for their confidence, as well as all ESBAS employees for their commitment and effort.



Kaya Tuncer established ESBAŞ in 1989 and embarked on the development of the Aegean Free Zone, creating one of the world’s leading industrial parks where 20,000 people are employed.  ESBAS has an annual trade volume of more than $4 billion USD, and employees receive all modern employee benefits.

Kaya Tuncer also founded Space Camp Turkey, one of two space camps in the world, which has brought together more than 260,000 young people from 60 countries. Space Camp Turkey is located within the Aegean Free Zone. 

Kaya Tuncer also made charitable contributions to improve the lives of Izmir residents. These include the gymnasium for the youth of Gaziemir, a women’s shelter in Gaziemir, a substantial contribution toward the construction of a guesthouse by KITVAK (Bone Marrow Transplants and Oncology Research and Development Foundation) and financial contributions to Izmir EXPO 2020. Kaya Tuncer was also given numerous awards throughout his business life.

Kaya Tuncer passed away on January 7, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family.  Although he is no longer with us, Turkey and Izmir will always remember Kaya Tuncer with thanks and gratitude.



Professional Management

ESBAS’s expert team of international manufacturing and trade professionals is dedicated to making business for the companies at the Aegean Free Zone as efficient and profitable as possible. ESBAŞ management’s logistics acumen, their can-do service mentality, their regional knowledge, and their skill in managing a staff of more than 500 employees are the core reasons that ESBAS is the foremost industrial site in the region.

These are the professionals responsible for the Aegean Free Zone becoming the first free zone in the world to obtain four quality management certificates.  They include rating as an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Company; an ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System; the OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series; and ISO 22000/2005 Food Safety Management Systems Certificates. After signing the “Declaration of Goodwill” with the Turkish Quality Association on October 3rd 2012, ESBAS joined the national quality movement and started efforts to implement the EFQM Excellence Model. ESBAS began to harvest the fruits of its efforts in 2017 and was awarded the “Turkey Excellence Award” by Quality Foundation (KalDer), which also rendered ESBAS the first Free Zone in Turkey to be granted this award.



  • To make the Aegean Free Zone a Center of Excellence,
  • To ensure ESBAS’s long-term future through continuous growth and development.


Be a model industrial park in Turkey and the world with an awareness of creating long-term and sustainable public benefit:

  • By meeting the expectations of our stakeholders while striving for excellence,
  • By attracting foreign investment that contributes to the Turkish economy and creates jobs,
  • By attracting high-tech, environmentally-friendly, export-oriented manufacturing and trading companies,
  • By further developing our social responsibility activities, and
  • By continually expanding and improving our services.


  • We ensure that our employees take care of the needs of our customers
  • We seek continuous improvement and innovation
  • We strive for mutually beneficial and trustworthy relationships with stakeholders
  • We aim to maximize productivity
  • We comply with applicable laws and standards
  • We actively promote quality awareness


We base all of our undertakings on our philosophy of excellence and act in line with our values.


We are bold and decisive in our actions with the confidence we take from our knowledge and experience.


We strive to accomplish all our goals using patience and persistence to overcome any obstacles in performing our work.


We hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards in all our relationships.


We are dedicated to providing consistent, comprehensive and reliable services to our customers and colleagues.


We aim to create an environment that is rich in creativity, discovery and the advancement of knowledge and productivity.


We value each company and individual by striving to create a pleasant and attractive work environment.



Milestones of ESBAS

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