Interview with Mr Mehmet Emre Sener

Mr Mehmet Emre Sener
Mr Mehmet Emre Sener
Setas Kimya Group
Setas Kimya Group

Came to existence in 1966 in Catalca- Turkey, Setas Kimya Group was founded by Mr Adnan Sener. The Company is producing textile dyestuffs and auxiliaries with continued research & development in modern production plants and laboratories built with 100% turkish capitals. The Group has been increasing exports every year, and markets 30% of the dyestuff production and 25% of the textile auxiliaries production to foreign countries such as Bangladesh, Czech Republic, UK, Iran, Mexico, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Romania, Russia, Uzbekistan and Greece. Mr Mehmet Emre Sener is the Chairman of Setas Kimya Group- his family own business. Mr Sener has done doctorate in Color Chemistry from University of Bradford, England, 1984. He began his professional career in 1981 as a Research Assistant, University of Bradford, Dept of Color Chemistry. Mr Sener also chairs the board of R&D at Setas since 1999. He has authored several Research papers, Articles, and also holds various Grants as well as Patents reserved to his credit. Currently, he has research interests in areas viz Synthesis of textile dyes; Textile dyeing and finishing Processes; Synthesis of textile auxiliaries; Design of textile auxillaries; and Nano-biotechnlogical dye synthesis. Besides, Mr Sener is also the present member of the supervisory board of Istanbul Technical University Dep, Textile; Association of Textile Chemists and Colorist; Society of Dyers and Colorists; American Chemical Society; The Istanbul Chamber of Industry; ETAD- Basel, Switzerland; and The Istanbul Chamber of Industry. He had been Work Package Leader of EU- 6th frame Project- SOPHIED. He has also been teaching Graduate Courses in Textile dyes, at Istanbul Technical University, and had earned laurels like Young Scientist and Businessman Award, Turkish Chemistry Association-2008 and Technology Award TTGV-TUBITAK-TUSIAD-2005. Face2Face interviewed Mr Mehmet Sener for his views on current Textile Dyes and Chemicals sector worldwide.

Mr Sener, starting the colloquy, let me request your view on current state of global textile dyes and chemicals industry.

The years 2008 and 2009 have been marked by the emergence of an unprecedented recession. Decreasing rates of economic activity have coincided with a large contraction in employment.

The crisis has brought about an unprecedented contraction in economic activity in both magnitude and scope. The bursting of a large real estate and stock market bubble in the US and some European countries has marked a dramatic downturn, further exacerbated and spread by the subsequent financial crisis and the contraction in international trade of textile and chemical industry.

Now, we investigate the impact of the crisis on competitiveness, looking at short-term developments but also taking a broader longer-term perspective. While these developments are expected to have a negative impact on competitiveness in the short-term, there are also reasons to expect a rapid recovery in productivity. Not least because the crisis provides momentum for structural reforms that can boost future competitiveness.

Studying figures provided by EU Industrial Structure 2009, we can see for 1995-2007, Labor productivity growth rate was 1.5%, where as Value added growth rate & Employment Growth rate stood -1.2% and - 2.7% respectively.

So in this backdrop, what trends are likely to pop up, and what niche Setas Group aims?

Setas group with knowledge, innovative behavior and freshness will plan growth in future. Setas’ trends go towards tailor-made product solutions that enable our customers to be silhouetted against their competitors. From our technological point of view, the use of nanotechnology will certainly become more important.

Published on: 18/01/2010

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