EBRD helps Azerbaijani furniture maker upgrade facilities

By Olga Rosca
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  • Saloglu, furniture producer and retailer in Azerbaijan, to become greener and more competitive
  • AZN loan equivalent to €4 million for new production plan, warehouse and flagship store
  • Global Environment Facility grants to introduce use of biomass energy in company’s facilities

Saloglu, the leading furniture producer and retailer in Azerbaijan, will increase its competitiveness and cut its carbon footprint thanks to an EBRD loan of up to AZN 7.6 million (€4 million equivalent).

The loan will allow the company to build an energy-efficient production plant, a warehouse and a flagship store in the capital, Baku. Saloglu will also benefit from an international advisory project, funded by South Korea through the EBRD’s Small Business Impact Fund,* to improve its supply chain and inventory management practices.  

Founded in 2000, the company specialises in producing soft furniture sets for living rooms and bedrooms, including items such as mattresses and chairs. Saloglu also distributes Turkish and US brands in Azerbaijan.

The company will make its existing and new facilities more sustainable by installing 3 MW biomass boilers to produce heat from production waste instead of from natural gas. This green investment will cut the equivalent of more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, demonstrating better and more sustainable practices with regard to energy sources.

The investment will be complemented by Global Environment Facility-funded grants provided under the EBRD’s FINTECC programme.

Saloglu has previously worked with the EBRD to increase its competitiveness under the Bank’s advisory programme for small businesses, funded by the European Union and the EBRD’s Small Business Impact Fund. With the help of consultants, the company developed a business plan, conducted market research and improved its accounting system to meet international standards.

The EBRD is one of the leading institutional investors in Azerbaijan, where it focuses on supporting efforts to diversify the economy and develop the private sector. To date, the EBRD has invested €3.3 billion in 168 projects in Azerbaijan. The Bank also provides business advice to local small and medium-sized enterprises and has helped more than 1,000 firms to improve their performance and growth.

* Donors to the EBRD Small Business Impact Fund are Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taipei China and the United States of America.

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