Asbilek, founded in 1980, is one of the largest circular saw manufacturers of Europe. Asbilek Sales Manager Koray Osmanoğlu said, "Our company continuously provides high quality products and services for customer satisfaction and also aims to lay better foundations for the future by means of R&D based studies". We informed about the activities from Asbilek Sales Manager Koray Osmanoğlu, who said "Our innovations in terms of quality and technology put us in the first place".
Can you inform us about the development process and fields of activity of Asbilek?
"We are the first circular saw manufacturer of Turkey. This business was started by producing circular saws for wood cutting in 1980. Later, we added circular saw blades and circular saw cores for various sectors in our product portfolio, especially for wood, aluminum and stone sectors. Today, we became a main company leading the saw industry. We now export 65 percent of our manufacture. We export over 50 countries especially Middle East, USA and European countries. We are in the leading circular saw manufacturers of the world."
What does Asbilek do in the sector in terms of innovation?
"Asbilek has always been a follower of technological innovations in its sector. Our company has adopted the highest quality production and customer satisfaction with its knowledge and experience as a principle. Moreover, our company carries on its manufacture in its plant in the organized industrial zone in the Anatolian Side of Istanbul having a closed space of 10 thousand square meters, where it moves in 2007, with its 200 employees. Our company is managed now in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 quality standards."
How do you manage the sales and marketing network?
"Our domestic sales are managed by our Karakoy branch. In fact, we can consider Karakoy as center. Our other dealers perform their sales through this center. On the other hand, we perform our sales in Turkey market especially through the dealership network. We have agencies abroad. We perform our sales also through agencies."
"WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST"
Where are your abroad activities in general?
"Middle East and Europe are our very important markets. We have a market share in the USA and Africa regions, which increases day by day. It's an advantage for us to reach the customer that we are one of the circular saw manufacturer companies in the world in terms of scale and technology. This is not just for us proud, it's also proud for our country."
How did the year 2012 pass for Asbilek? What are your predictions for 2013?
"We recovered fast after the 2008 crisis. The year 2009 passed as the recovery year. We started to rise again in 2010. We continued to rise in 2011-2012 in the same way. We completely reached our targets in 2012. We had a growth rate of 15%. We are also targeting a growth rate of 15% in 2013. And the year 2013 will pass by developing new products for the market requirement just like the previous year and with innovation studies of different products that we think they'll work more efficiently."
Asbilek pays particular attention on R&D. Can you inform us what have you done with that?
"Our company is one the sector's leading companies with its more than 30 years of experience and state of the art technology machinery. Therefore, R&D activities have a very important place in the company's manufacture. Due to the requirements of our sector and our special place in this sector, we will further strengthen our strong points."
"We manufacture products for pipe cutting" What are your thoughts about the pipe fair?
" It's one of very large and internationally recognized fairs in Turkey. It has an intense participation from around the world. Being here is important to us. We produce products for the pipe cutting. These are important to us that we exhibit these products at the fair and meet with manufacturers. We also aim to meet at the fair with our existing customers."
Finally, is there anything else you'd like to add?
"We are always appreciated by our customers due to our production sense without sacrificing quality as Asbilek. The created environment of confidence provides for both us and our customers a more comfortable working environment. We listen to customers, make an effort for their needs and problems, so they make us not just a supplier, customers also see us their business partners."