Italian Ambassador to Ankara Massimo Gaiani (left) presents Şişecam Group vice chairman and CEO Ahmet Kırman with the “Cavaliere” of the Order of the Star of Italy.

Ahmet Kırman, vice chairman and the CEO of Şişecam Group, has been awarded the honor of “Cavaliere” of the Order of the Star of Italy, proposed by the minister of foreign affairs and bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic.

It was awarded for his contribution to the strengthening of economic bilateral relations and mutual investments between Italy and Turkey. The medal was presented by Massimo Gaiani, the Italian ambassador to Ankara, to Kırman.

During his speech at the ceremony, Kırman pointed out Italy’s importance for Şişecam Group. “Italy is among the countries that Şişecam Group attaches great importance in terms of both our investments and also commercial operations,” he says. “The total sum of our group’s investments in Italy in the business lines of chemicals, glassware and flat glass has reached the level of $134.4 million (EUR 120 million). The glass and chemical products export from Turkey to Italy, as a leading export market of our group, amounts to $90 million per year. Therefore, Italy is a special country for our group thanks to its population of more than 60 million, economy of $2 trillion and deep-rooted industrial past. I wish the strong growth of our cooperation and I am extending my thanks to Mister Ambassador and the Italian Presidency for this meaningful and significant order presented to me.”