British American Tobacco Group is one of the world’s largest international tobacco companies, spanning more than 200 markets with over 200 international brands and more than in 50 markets as a leading position with diverse workforce around 55,000 employees. BAT Group operate 48 production facilities in 55 different countries. BAT Group has been in business over 100 years and is one of Turkey’s largest oriental tobacco purchaser since 1950s.
BAT Turkey’s journey has started with our operations in İzmir Tire Factory in 2002. We have started exporting to various countries by increasing our network in 2006 and became export leader with growing potential in the upcoming years. In 2008, we strengthened our position in Turkey by Tekel acquisition. Along with Tekel acquisition, we have enhanced our market presence with international and local brands in Turkey. In 2010, all production facilities in Turkey was consolidated and Samsun factory has become production base. Our factory in Samsun has been one of the biggest five factories among fifty-five factories all around group. Between 2012 – 2015 and 2018, we ranked as an export leader in Tobacco industry. Besides our own distribution network in Istanbul Europe and Asia, we sell products through our distributors. Our total investment as exceeded $2 billion in Turkey and we have employed 3.000 people directly and indirectly.
BAT Turkey has begun a new chapter with Turkey and North Africa Area (TNA) merge in 2017. Turkey became responsible for a total of 8 markets (Northern Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Sudan) and 4 factories. Following that, Turkey and North Africa Area has grown into Turkey, Caucasus and North Africa Area as of 2020 and Turkey’s responsibility has expanded to 11 markets (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan). In 2018, BAT Turkey has chosen as Top Employer in 2018 and 2019 for Turkey and Europe according to an independent research evaluating employment conditions which is conducted every year.
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