Vario Engineering, established with the aim of meeting the need for special greases within Turkey and offering more accessible and high quality products while reducing foreign dependence, is assertive about meeting specific needs with its R&D power.
Could you tell us how Vario Engineering was established? We would like to listen to the main goals and how they were accomplished.
The establishment story of Vario Engineering actually starts by a coincidence. My partners in the company are actually the owners of a company that set up turnkey factories in the edible oil industry. In time, we enabled my partners, whom I met in 2008, to start setting up reactors and plants in the field of special greases and lubricants. Over the years, our business and friendship relations have improved. In one of our frequent talks, I mentioned that I was thinking of quitting my current job and that I had other goals. When I told them, they just listened and made some suggestions, and said, "We can do this." At first you have many thoughts of course; risks, feasibility, team, etc. Then, after conducting the necessary feasibility studies, we decided to establish the company within just 1 month. In late 2019, the establishment of our company Vario Engineering was officially completed.
The most important issue we focused on when establishing the company was the contract manufacturing of special greases. There are similar examples in the world. Our goal in the contract manufacturing of such greases, which are used in very special processes and under severe conditions, was to reduce the foreign dependence and to ensure that industrialists and dealers reach these products more easily, more economically and faster. We continue our works in this direction.
Mr. Yılmaz, as one of the founding partners, we would like to get to know you better. Can you share your ideas that led you to take a step towards establishing a factory for producing special products within the country and increasing our export volume? In this context, can you share your experiences and opinions about the sector?
I was born in 1981 in İskenderun. I started working in this sector in 2005. Actually, I entered this sector as a laboratorian, graduate of a 2-year Vocational School. Over the years, I started to love and really enjoy my job. I continued my education while improving myself. After my military service in 2010, I started to work as the founding factory manager of another company in the second half of 2011, and broke several grounds with my team in that company where I worked for 8.5 years. I gained a lot of experience by attending many fairs, organizations and customer visits in Turkey and abroad. But it was my teacher, Mr. Nevzat İlter, who changed my life in terms of production and R&D – may he rest in peace. There is a saying: Don’t give me the fish but teach me to fish. He taught me a lot in this sense during our 2 years of work together.
I prepared more than 10 projects in ministries and universities and made presentations and panels. While doing all this, I got my engineering degree and right after that I completed my master's degree (MBA). In the period when I think I am the most productive, I completed the establishment of our company Vario Engineering and continue producing from where I left off.
The products that we manufacture and plan to manufacture are industrial and special products that are hardly ever manufactured in our country. The companies that produce these products in our country can be counted on the fingers of one hand. This is where we set off our establishment journey. In fact, we intend to close this gap, which is big in our country, to some extent. In terms of export, our geography is a perfect fit for reaching the world. We can reach anywhere in the world very easily with our ports, customs gates and airports. From our country, it is particularly easy to access Middle Eastern countries where we export most of our products.
Which sectors do you currently serve as Vario Engineering and what kind of products do you offer?
Our company aims to contribute to the national economy and to offer affordable service-price advantage to our industrialists by engaging in the domestic production of the greases that our industrialists have had to import for many years. The greases we produce can appeal to the iron and steel industry, chemical industry, automotive industry, paper industry, textile industry, cement-ceramic industry, construction, mining, energy and other sectors.
We offer a wide variety of special products to meet the different needs of our industrialists with different packaging and branding options. We have the necessary knowledge and sector experience to be our customers' solution partners at every step.
Your plant in Osmaniye, where these products are produced, has a convenient location in terms of export. What is the production volume of the plant? What are your domestic and international sales targets?
In terms of location, we can say that the Osmaniye Organized Industrial Zone is the shining star of our country. The main reasons for this are; it is geographically close to two international ports (Iskenderun 56 km, Mersin 137 km) and it has easy access to 13 ports of various sizes located between Iskenderun and Osmaniye. Osmaniye gains importance with its location as the project for the railway passing through this Organized Industrial Zone is almost completed, 50 percent of the iron and steel produced in our country comes from this region, it is located in the middle of the longest highway of our country (Istanbul-Şanlıurfa) and it is located in the intersection of 3 airports (Adana- Gaziantep-Hatay).
Since our plant was established to manufacture special greases only, we have a total production volume of 1,500 tons/year in a single shift. However, my partners are primarily engaged in facility installation of this type, an infrastructure of 10,000 tons/year was prepared in the first phase. Therefore, the plant capacity can be increased immediately in a period of 2 months. Our primary goal is to decrease import dependency, thus we mainly work with the aim of delivering these products to our industrialists and dealers.
Could you tell us about your activities in the fields of analysis, testing and R&D?
We are aware that producing new and technological products, offering solutions to customer and sector problems is an indispensable element of competition and brand-building. In this respect, as a person with a laboratory background, I target meeting the special analysis demands of the industry, realizing the quality checks of raw materials and products and developing new products at the laboratory we have established.
In terms of R&D, we are highly informed and assertive. We have proven this assertiveness with many R&D projects that we have personally carried out and approved before.
Approved projects that we took part in:
- Protective Oils - Ministry of Development 2013
- Development of Calcium Sulphonate Complex Greases - KOSGEB 2015
- Production of Calcium Sulphonate Complex Greases and Development of Production Technologies - KOSGEB 2016
- Silicate Greases - KOSGEB 2018
- Heavy Duty Grease Containing Nanoparticles - TUBİTAK 2019
- Severe Conditions Grease for Defense Industry - KOSGEB 2019