The Turkish Free Zones Law, no. 3218, is enacted by Turkish Prime Minister Turgut Ozal to increase exports and foreign investment, encourage technology transfer and generate employment in Turkey.
JUNE 15TH 1985
Kaya Tuncer establishes ESBAŞ as the developer and operator of the Aegean Free Zone, Turkey’s first privately developed free zone. Mr. Tuncer envisions 250 firms, employing 36,000 with $1 billion USD in annual trade volume by 2007.
JULY 10TH 1989
The Aegean Free Zone officially begins operations after the Zone perimeter is fenced and the Zone is secured.
AUGUST 14TH 1990
ESBAŞ launches a 15-year intensive marketing and promotion program, which includes 50 “road show” trips and more than 200 ads in foreign magazines to attract direct investment from G20 countries.
JANUARY 1ST 1995
President of the Republic of Turkey Suleyman Demirel visits the Aegean Free Zone and officially opens the ESBAŞ Technology Center.
NOVEMBER 29TH 1997
The annual trade volume of the Aegean Free Zone exceeds $1 billion USD.
DECEMBER 31ST 1997
Space Camp Turkey, an ESBAŞ enterprise, opens to the public. American astronaut Scott Carpenter and Turkish aerospace engineer Ismail Akbay officiate at the grand opening.
JUNE 12TH 2000
ESBAŞ begins a series of nearly 60 international business development and offset conferences, consisting of 18,000 private, government and NGO officials from 70 countries over a 13-year period.
OCTOBER 10TH 2001
Employment in the Aegean Free Zone exceeds 10,000.
DECEMBER 31ST 2003
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits the Aegean Free Zone.
FEBRUARY 5TH 2005
Quality management initiatives since 2000 result in the Aegean Free Zone becoming the first free zone in the world to attain four quality management certificates. They include ISO 9000, HACCP, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Turkey’s first aerospace clustering association is co-founded by ESBAŞ and begins in Izmir.
JANUARY 2ND 2007
ESBAŞ hosts the "Izmir for Health" conference and supports the foundation of INOVIZ Izmir Health Cluster.
JUNE 29TH 2009
Turkish President Abdullah Gul visits ESBAŞ and attends the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kale Pratt & Whitney facility.
MAY 7TH 2011
ESBAŞ Founder, President and CEO, Kaya Tuncer passes away. Mary Tuncer becomes Chairman of the Board of ESBAŞ.
JANUARY 7TH 2012
ESBAŞ begins implementation of EFQM, a management and business administration model for achieving excellence.
OCTOBER 3RD 2012
The Aegean Free Zone is almost completely developed with 210 firms, annual trade volume exceeds $5 billion USD and employment reaches 20,000.
DECEMBER 31ST 2012
Dr. Faruk Guler becomes CEO of ESBAŞ.
JANUARY 14TH 2013
ESBAŞ hosts the 2013 World Free Zone Convention.
DECEMBER 11TH 2013
ESBAŞ and the Aegean Free Zone celebrate 25 years of excellence.
JANUARY 1ST 2015
An agreement signing ceremony was held in the ESBAŞ Technology Center Conference Hall, officiated by Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci for the expansion of the Aegean Free Zone and a time extension of the ESBAŞ Operating License.
AUGUST 18TH 2016
Free Zones Foreign Investments and Services General Directorate of the Turkish Ministry of Economy and the Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Company, ESBAŞ have signed a preliminary protocol for development and operation of the Western Anatolia Free Zone. Honored by the participation of the Minister of Economy Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, the protocol ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 3rd with the attendance of many distinguished representatives from the business world.
OCTOBER 3RD 2017
Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Co. – ESBAŞ has been awarded the Turkey Excellence Award for 2017 by KalDer (Quality Foundation).
NOVEMBER 23RD 2017
ESBAŞ was honored the award for Satisfaction and Engagement category within the scope of "Values Given to Human” organized by PERYON.
MAY 3RD 2018
ESBAŞ – The Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Co. took part in the Great Place to Work Recognition Program as the first step of the Great Place to Work® journey which we set out on April 26th 2019 to build a high-trust culture among our valuable colleagues. ESBAŞ successfully passed the Trust Index© Employee Surveys and Culture Audit© workplace culture analyses, which are an in-depth evaluation of our HR practices as a whole, and became a Great Place to Work® Certified workplace.
APRIL 26TH 2019
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