Our Story and Founder
Mustafa Adnan ŞENER (1914-2005)
He was born in Izmir and graduated from Izmir Ataturk
High School for Boys and then Technische Hochschule Fredricana – Karlsruhe
University in 1941 as a senior chemical engineer. He worked as an engineer
in Sumerbank’s Gemlik, Hereke and Defterdar factories and the manager of wool
industries in at the company headquarters in Ankara between
1944-1958.M.Adnan Şener founded Setas in 1967 and served as a board member
in Istanbul Chamber of Industry for long years. M. Adnan Şener was
involved in his work and public life until his last days and passed away
M. Adnan Şener was a passionate industrialist who worked hard to realize his
dreams, who never lost his hope and disliked pessimism. He encouraged his
colleagues to take incentives and regarded their rights and benefits. His
values are adopted by all the employees of Setas and live on.
Three turning points in M. Adnan Şener’s education and work life led to the
creation and success of Setas.
First was him becoming one of the young people in 1937 who won a scholarship to
study chemistry abroad. After his return home he was one of the 700 people
who pioneered the formation of chemistry industry in Turkey. These people
are today called the Turkish Prometheuses or the old youngters of Ataturk.
Second was when he left Sümerbank in 1958 after 15 years of mandatory service
in various factories at techical and senior administrative posts, to form
his own business.
The third turning point was when
he, with the driving force of his industrialist spirit, founded
Setas Chemistry Industries Corporation in 1967 and began the production of
textile dyes and auxiliary substances in the factories in Çatalca. Today
Setaş Chemistry Industries Corporation led by his children and
grand-children continues production in Çerkezköy facilities with over 200