Founded by the General Directory of Turkey’s Cellulose and Paper Factories, the SEKA Balıkesir Paper factory launched operations in 1981. Built on 1,265,840 m2 of land adjacent to the Balıkesir-Bigadiç highway near Paşaköy, the facility boasts 40,000 m2 of indoor space. Established with the aim of producing paper for local newspapers and books, the SEKA Balıkesir Factory was converted in the scope of privatization into an anonymous company in 1997. In 2003, the factory was acquired by Albayrak Group.
After becoming part of the Group, and under the scope of modernization work, Albayrak Group purchased a paper making machine from Holmen Paper Madrid S.L., boasting a capacity of 174,000 ton/year. After being disassembled at a factory in Spain where it was in operation, it was installed in the Balıkesir SEKA facility in the first quarter of 2013.
After its assembly was completed, the facility began beta production in mid-2019 as it launched operations as the Varaka Paper Industries A.Ş. The firm’s headquarters are based in Istanbul.
As VARAKA, we use 100% recycled paper at our production facility for our products that are currently in production or scheduled to be produced as outlined below:
- TESTLİNER (BROWN)
- TESTLİNER (WHITE)
- TESTLİNER (WHITE COATED)
- KRAFT (IMITATION)
- GREY CARDBOARD
Advanced technologies such as the Automation Control System (DCS) and Quality Control Systems (QCS) are used in order to boost quality and efficiency and ensure quality durability of the products.
A facility boasting state-of-the-art technology:
- ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System
- ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management System
- ISO 45001: 2018 Occupational Health and Safety(OH&S) Management System
- ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management System
- FSC® CoC Chain of Custody
Varaka strives to provide more efficient, high-quality and sustainable service through continuous self-optimization and certification.
The Varaka Paper Industries Ltd. uses 100% recyclable paper as raw material in its eco-friendly production process, ensuring the re-injecting of paper and cardboard waste into the economy, which in turn greatly contributes to environmental cleanup and waste material utilization efforts. Additionally, by bypassing the use of trees in paper manufacturing, Varaka aids efforts aimed at saving thousands of trees from being cut down.
The facility generates steam needed by the factory by burning locally-produced fuel in its own Cogeneration unit, which also powers a steam turbine that meets the facility’s electricity needs, ensuring the exemplary and efficient utilization of energy resources by prioritizing environmentalism.
Wastewater resulting from the production process are discharged after being refined in a 7,000 m3/per day-capacity physical, chemical and biological purification units that keep contamination levels below standards. Part of the liquid waste is also reused in the facility’s own project to minimize water consumption.
Our mission is:
* to provide prompt, comprehensive, satisfactory, efficient and quality service at our constantly learning, developing and improving company that is founded on the principles of integrity and customer satisfaction;
* to ground our activities on a sustainable environment and our employees’ security and well-being;
* and to aim to provide products and services in the spirit of cooperation within the VARAKA family through its skilled, qualified, motivated staff that undergo constant training.
As Varaka, our vision is to be in charge of an institutional and constantly developing structure in the paper sector that meets customers’ needs at the highest possible level of quality. We also aim to cater to our sector by relying on our country’s own workforce in order to decrease foreign dependence, offer employment opportunities and support the region’s development.