2500000

m2

167

Companies

83

Billion Dollar Total Trade Volume

4

Billion Dollar Annual Trade Volume

20720

Employees

Opened in 1990, the Aegean Free Trade Zone (AFZ) is a modern industrial park and the first export-processing zone in Turkey developed and operated by a private sector company. The site comprises of 620 acres and is located 4 km from the Izmir International airport and 12 km from the city center and Izmir Port. ESBAS has built the entire infrastructure and facilities in the Zone. The company also provides all the essential business basics, including electricity, water, telecommunications and natural gas to all sites. ESBAS supplies a wide array of supplemental services as well, including loading and unloading, equipment rental, stock control, construction, repair and maintenance, customs brokerage, and port related services.

Easy Access to a Global Market

As a natural bridge between the east and west, Turkey is strategically located near significant world markets and boasts a strong culture of industry and service. Therefore; the country is one of the best locations anywhere in the world for manufacturing and trade since ancient times. There is an easy access to 1.6 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa worth USD 23.5 trillion of GDP.

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Easy Access to a Global Market

Why ESBAS?

Wide Range Tax Advantages

The Aegean Free Zone provides unique advantages for companies with its focus on manufacturing, which generates employment and increases trade volume. The widest advantages are granted to the manufacturing companies, one of which is 100% Corporate Tax Exemption.

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VACCINATIONS START AT THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE FOR 20 THOUSAND EMPLOYEES 25 JUN

VACCINATIONS START AT THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE FOR 20 THOUSAND EMPLOYEES

As of Monday June 21st, Covid-19 vaccines started to be given at the Aegean Free Zone, where almost 21 thousand people are employed, with the decision of the Ministry of Health to start giving vaccines outside of hospitals and family physicians within the scope of the "Covid-19 Vaccine National Implementation Strategy" as per the recommendations of the Coronavirus Science Board

VISIT TO ANKARA FOR FREE ZONE 24 JUN

VISIT TO ANKARA FOR FREE ZONE

News from Ankara changed Bergama’s agenda to a free zone that will employ 20 thousand people

ESBAŞ BECOMES TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER FOR SECOND TIME 03 MAY

ESBAŞ BECOMES TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER FOR SECOND TIME

ESBAŞ was selected to “Turkey’s Best Employers List” in the 250-500 employee category according to 2021 Research of Great Place to Work, which selects employers that keep their employees happy. ESBAŞ was named Turkey's best employer last year as well.

ESBAS CROWNS 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FOOD FACTORY 23 MAR

ESBAS CROWNS 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FOOD FACTORY

ESBAS, which produces food for more than 20,000 people per day in the Aegean Free Zone, opened one of Turkey's most modern food production facilities in its 30-year anniversary.

OPERATING AT AFZ FOR 22 YEARS, ITALIAN AUTOMOTIVE GIANT GAINS INCENTIVES FOR NEW INVESTMENT 22 MAR

OPERATING AT AFZ FOR 22 YEARS, ITALIAN AUTOMOTIVE GIANT GAINS INCENTIVES FOR NEW INVESTMENT

Italian company Eldor Electronics, which has been operating in the Aegean Free Zone since 1998, continues to grow with no interruptions to the investments, despite the pandemic. Initially producing for the electronics industry, Eldor has shifted its production to the automotive industry since 2004 and is still a manufacturer for the world's leading automotive brands.

ENERGY SAVING FACTORY FOR ESBAŞ 15 MAR

ENERGY SAVING FACTORY FOR ESBAŞ

The new Food Production Factory of ESBAŞ produces hot meals for approximately 20,500 employees per day. There are currently 20,500 people working at the Aegean Free Zone, which is home to the world's leading companies. The meals of these employees are also prepared within the premises of the Zone.

CLUSTERING IN SOFTWARE AND CHALLENGING THE WORLD 08 FEB

CLUSTERING IN SOFTWARE AND CHALLENGING THE WORLD

Recently, the primary governmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and universities in Izmir came together and founded Software and Informatics Industrialists Association (YABISAK). President of YABISAK Association, Dr. Faruk Güler was mu guest this week in my “Trade Talks” column.

THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE COMPENSATES THE LOSS OF THE PANDEMIC IN 5 MONTHS 30 JAN

THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE COMPENSATES THE LOSS OF THE PANDEMIC IN 5 MONTHS

The Aegean Free Zone compensated the losses incurred during the pandemic with the increase in trade volume in the last 5 months and closed the year 2020 with figures similar to those of the previous year. AFZ’s trade volume figures for 2021 are expected to exceed the pre-pandemic figures.

IZMIRITES FOUND ASSOCIATION TO BECOME THE BASE OF CLUSTER IN SOFTWARE AND INFORMATICS 27 JAN

IZMIRITES FOUND ASSOCIATION TO BECOME THE BASE OF CLUSTER IN SOFTWARE AND INFORMATICS

Aiming to cement the success of Izmir in innovation, entrepreneurship, R&D and Industry 4.0 in recent years with a new form of partnership, and to transform the city into a base for a cluster of local and international companies in the software and informatics industry, the foundation works for Software and Informatics Industrialists Cluster Association (YABISAK) is finally complete.

Sales exceed pre-pandemic figures 14 OCT

SALES EXCEED PRE-PANDEMIC FIGURES

Signs of revival in trade volume and export figures of the Aegean Free Zone in August, gained momentum in the month of September and reached double digit figures. Trade volume and export numbers of the Zone exceeded the pre-pandemic figures.

ESBAŞ AIMS FOR ZERO CARBON EMISSION, RECEIVES GREEN ELECTRICITY CERTIFICATION 09 OCT

ESBAŞ AIMS FOR ZERO CARBON EMISSION, RECEIVES GREEN ELECTRICITY CERTIFICATION

Recognized for its environmental investments, ESBAŞ takes the first step for eliminating the carbon footprint due to electricity consumption by turning towards renewable energy.

Social Market is Founded with the help of Charity Donations 04 SEP

SOCIAL MARKET IS FOUNDED WITH THE HELP OF CHARITY DONATIONS

Governor of Izmir, Yavuz Selim Köşger visits ESBAŞ 24 AUG

GOVERNOR OF IZMIR, YAVUZ SELIM KÖŞGER VISITS ESBAŞ

Governor of Izmir, Yavuz Selim Köşger paid a return visit to ESBAŞ CEO Dr. Faruk Güler. Güler gave Governor Köşger a tour of the Museum Area in ESBAŞ Technology Center to give a chronological account of the developments and milestones of the Aegean Free Zone since its foundation.

THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE IS 30 YEARS OLD 14 AUG

THE AEGEAN FREE ZONE IS 30 YEARS OLD

The Aegean Free Zone, harboring many global manufacturers for the automotive industry, is also a base of technology for the trailblazers of the electrical automobile technologies in the industry.

New Generation HR 06 AUG

NEW GENERATION HR

We are kicking off the Talent Exchange Program! We will be setting out on a journey to better understand and empower ourselves and others through this program which will enable us to create an intergenerational learning partnership.

UNCERTAINTIES OF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUE 28 JUL

UNCERTAINTIES OF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUE

The bottleneck caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the world’s economy has significantly reduced the capacities of factories regardless of which country or region they are located.

ESBAŞ AIMS TO BECOME TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER IN 2021 01 JUL

ESBAŞ AIMS TO BECOME TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER IN 2021

Selecting Turkey’s best employers based on the employees’ trust in their company across more than 60 countries, Great Place to Work (GPTW), starts field work to select the best employers of 2021...

BASBAŞ to Add Value to Region 01 JUL

BASBAŞ TO ADD VALUE TO REGION

ESBAŞ, which develops and operates The Aegean Free Zone in Gaziemir district of Izmir, gears up for an investment in Bergama. ESBAŞ founded BASBAŞ (Western Anatolian Free Zone Development and Operating Co.) in 2019 to plant...

DREAM OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY COMES TRUE AT AEGEAN FREE ZONE 09 JUN

DREAM OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY COMES TRUE AT AEGEAN FREE ZONE

Accounting for 4.2 billion dollars’ worth of trade volume per year, the Aegean Free Zone recycled 11 thousand 900 tons of waste back into the economy in 2019 using its zero-waste management system.

ESBAŞ READY FOR CONTROLLED NORMALIZATION 08 JUN

ESBAŞ READY FOR CONTROLLED NORMALIZATION

Coming through the fight against the Coronavirus with zero cases thanks to strict procedures and controls, ESBAŞ is fully prepared for the normalization process which will begin as of June 1st.

ESBAŞ FEEDS NEARLY 3 THOUSAND ANIMALS IN IZMIR 08 MAY

ESBAŞ FEEDS NEARLY 3 THOUSAND ANIMALS IN IZMIR

While some zoos in Germany are in the midst of discussing slaughtering animals to feed other animals due to the pandemic, ESBAŞ Food Services feeds 3 thousand animals every day by sending organic remains from the processed food at the food factory to the animal shelters.

BASBAŞ REMAINS UNAFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS 29 APR

BASBAŞ REMAINS UNAFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Attending an online press meeting held in organization of the Izmir Branch of Economy Reporters Association, ESBAS Chief Executive Officer Faruk Guler stated that investment plans of the Western Anatolia Free Zone is not affected by the Coronavirus

A Message From Retired Astronaut for April 23 23 APR

A MESSAGE FROM RETIRED ASTRONAUT FOR APRIL 23

Retired astronaut Dr. Don Thomas, who went to space four times during his 20 years at NASA, has sent a special video message to Space Camp Turkey to celebrate the National Sovereignty And Children's Day of children in Turkey.

ESBAŞ RECOGNIZED AS TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER WITH ITS 30 YEAR-OLD CULTURE 21 APR

ESBAŞ RECOGNIZED AS TURKEY’S BEST EMPLOYER WITH ITS 30 YEAR-OLD CULTURE

Great Place to Work (GPTW), which selects the best workplaces in the world each year, surveyed over 101 thousand employees from 192 companies to assess their satisfaction with their companies.

Live Connection From “Space On Earth” To The International Space Station 15 MAR

LIVE CONNECTION FROM “SPACE ON EARTH” TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Space Camp Turkey, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, conducted a live radio contact with NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan who is aboard the International Space Station.

ESBAS COACHES PREPARE STUDENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE 13 MAR

ESBAS COACHES PREPARE STUDENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL LIFE

ESBAS provides coaching to a total of 36 students studying in different technical high schools to help them improve the skills necessary for personal development and professional life after school.

ESBAŞ RECEIVES TWO AWARDS FOR PERFORMANCE ON INVESTMENT AND TAX 19 FEB

ESBAŞ RECEIVES TWO AWARDS FOR PERFORMANCE ON INVESTMENT AND TAX

Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Co. (ESBAŞ) receives the Grand Award for building investments in 2018 from EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry), and a Gold Medal award as Top Taxpayer from IZTO (Aegean Region Chamber of Commerce) at the Members Award Ceremony organized in collaboration of EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry), IZTO (Aegean Region Chamber of Commerce) and ITB (Izmir Commodity Exchange).

ESBAŞ KICKS OFF 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS BY AWARDING LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES 19 FEB

ESBAŞ KICKS OFF 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS BY AWARDING LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES

ESBAŞ awarded 68 employees plaques and service awards in celebration of their 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries at the company as part of 30-year anniversary events.

FIRST JAPANESE COMPANY INVESTS IN AFZ 03 FEB

FIRST JAPANESE COMPANY INVESTS IN AFZ

“We are very happy to welcome the first Japanese company to the Aegean Free Zone. The Lansinoh Company, which is a subsidiary of the Japanese Pigeon Corporation, made the decision to invest in the Aegean Free Zone” said ESBAS CEO Dr. Faruk Güler.

ESBAŞ- Defense and Aerospace Industry National and Domestic Industry Development Conference Held in İzmir 10 OCT

ESBAŞ- DEFENSE AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRY NATIONAL AND DOMESTIC INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE HELD IN İZMIR

Under the auspices of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and with the Aerospace Cluster Association (HUKD), the Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Co. (ESBAŞ)

ESBAŞ participated in Business World Against to Domestic Violence (BADV) Project 02 JAN

ESBAŞ PARTICIPATED IN BUSINESS WORLD AGAINST TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (BADV) PROJECT

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign is an international campaign that begins every year on November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and continues until December 10 (Human Rights Day). The theme for 2018 was Let's Paint the World: #HearMeToo. ESBAŞ  decided to participate in this sensitive invitation together with the companies in Aegean Free Zone.

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