Our trade volume has been in constant growth since 1950s and the following decades, thanks to the transition to a liberal economy and the subsequent trade incentives. We have worked relentlessly day and night with perseverance towards the goal of success, in an office building in Karaköy with my colleagues, our greatest capital, all of whom I see as my children and brothers. Growth and development was the reward of all this hard work.
As we grew, we entered into different sectors, spread into different cities and established trade relations with numerous countries. Today, we are working with many countries in the world, both as customer and supplier. We have established robust and consistent partnerships with the leading global companies. This translates into feelings of pride and admiration for someone like me who sees his business as his child and has witnessed every stage in its development since its establishment as a father.
The arduous journey we set out on years ago, continues today with a persistent development in different sectors, with more employees and more stakeholders. I have always emphasized one thing since the beginning of my professional career: be honest and reliable. Everything can be recovered; however, if one compromises on these two principles, irrevocable losses are inevitable. Being a staunch defender of these principles is the most important element that makes us ourselves.
During our efforts which matured into a certain extent, we have developed our managerial skills and experienced many examples which highlight the application of business acumen. These experiences guided us in establishing our enterprise which has become a holding today, and in overcoming many challenging processes in the meantime. You cannot become big without being small first, as one cannot enjoy success without overcoming challenges. As a small company with a mission to grow, we started establishing today in the past.
Of course we had to endure challenging times. We have faced up to these challenging times in solidarity. Savings, efficient and effective use of resources, cost cutting, etc. are indispensable priorities for every enterprise during such times. Furthermore, we have always been accessible, under all conditions. We have established one-to-one relationships with our stakeholders instead of employing intermediaries, because each stakeholder is of equal value to us, not only due to our mutual volume of work, but also by their virtue of being our stakeholder.
The challenging times we went through at Aslan Han 40 years ago, which we overcame with hope, eagerness to work and team spirit, has shed light on our path, at all times and under all conditions. As one of the major conglomerates of Turkey today, with more than 20 companies and 5000 employees, Kibar Holding will continue to generate added value with an unwavering dedication to the very same principles.
We will also continue to serve our communities with the fruits of what we receive from them.
I have been carrying the duty of being a captain of this ship for a long while. However, being a captain is meaningless without a crew, a sea to navigate and distances to overcome. I would like to thank first and foremost my dear family, and all of our valuable employees, each of whom I see as members of our family, our partners and our social stakeholders for enhancing our success by enduring tumultuous times in solidarity with us and for your sincere contribution to all of our values that makes Kibar Holding what it is today.
With All My Love and Respect,