Sepici family had started its tanning business by tanning sole leather in 1930 in city of Izmir. In time, Sepiciler increased its production to a larger scale and moved to its current location at Torbali in 1974. With the growing need for better technology, and a wider capacity, Sepiciler added bovine and sole tanneries to its facilities in 1989. Starting with the third generation and involving in with academic partners in cooperation, Sepiciler introduced itself to global markets.
“Founded in 1930, we are implementing our grandparents’ profession” says Mehmet Sepici, Chairman of Sepiciler. “We started from European markets and now we have clients, customers and partners in the United States, Europe as well as Asian countries. We obtained good experience in exportation in the last 25 years.”
Mr. Sepiciler lists their product range as “Leather for shoes, purses and belts. And as a niche product, we produce harnesses and saddles and raw leather material for the production of these accessories. There’s not many companies that produce such products and we are one of them. We have clients and customers in this sense in the United States and Asia. We also have luxury brand clients in the European countries.”
Mr. Mehmet Sepici underlines the fact that Sepiciler is the first Turkish company that gained the membership of Leather Working Group. “This is very important for us” says Sepici; “We had two successful auditions and became a pioneer. Now many companies are revising their facilities to be a member of the Leather Working Group. This membership proves our quality and environmental-friendly production. We use less and cleaner water and less chemicals in our production each year. LWG membership also increased the number of firms that we work with.”
Sepiciler is also accredited to Satra Membership in the United Kingdom which is another prestigious corporation in tannery and leather sector. And as a result of all these improvements, Sepiciler was awarded as the “Tannery of the Year – Europa” in 2013.