Karabük Investment Support Ofice
The Western Black Sea Development Agency provides consultancy service particularly by means of the Investment Support Offices in order to expand its current market and increase competitive power. 
Our Investment Support Office in Zonguldak, where it is responsible for, carries out
 
• information support and consultancy services in every stage of the investment,
• coordinates and follows the required permission and license procedures.
 
All the services provided by the Investment Support Offices are free of charge.
 
Karabük
 
Transport
Our province, located in the Western Black Sea region in the north of Turkey, is surrounded by Bartın to the north, Kastamonu to the northeast and east, Çankırı to the southeast, Bolu to the southwest and Zonguldak to the west. The nearest airport to Karabük, which has road and railway transport, is Saltukova Airport, which is 87 km far from Karabük and located within the borders of Çaycuma in Zonguldak. The airport was put into service as of July 2009. The other nearest airport to Karabük is Ankara Esenboğa Airport (240 km). Some of the distances from some of provinces are shown in Table.

 

 
 
Ankara
 
Istanbul
 
Bolu
 
Çankırı
 
Kastamonu
 
 
Bartın
 
Zonguldak
 
217
 
385
 
132
 
195
 
125
 
 
87
 
110
 
 
 
State Highways: Karabük is reached after 80 km from the Gerede turn of Ankara-Istanbul highway. The bus station is in the city centre. 
Railways: Transport from Karabük to Zonguldak and Ankara by railway is possible. The transport to Zonguldak is more available than highway while it lasts longer to Ankara. Therefore, highway transport is recommended to go to Ankara. 

Social Structure
Karabük became the 78th province of Turkey with the incorporation of Ovacık and Eskipazar districts of Çankırı and Eflani, and Safranbolu and Yenice districts of Zonguldak on 6 June 1995. According to the 2008 census its population is 216.228.
While Karabük is a small settlement area, it has undergone a fast industrialization and urbanization process. Social life has been shaped in line with this development. With the dense migration to the city, it has become a small core of Turkey. Along with industrialization, business life has been developed around Iron-Steel facilities and subsidiary companies. In addition, iron trade, carrying trade and forest labor have formed important employment areas. 
 
Of the districts, Safranbolu is in the most different position. The district, above all, is an important tourism centre with its rooted historical past. On the other hand, due to the Iron-Steel Industry, it has become a settlement area, where mostly workers and retired workers live. Even grand viziers live during some periods in the district having a historical settlement with traditional Safranbolu houses, inns, and baths, Arasta, Demirciler and Semerciler Bazaars. Service sector has shown development in Safranbolu, which meets the social needs of our province and begun to offer service to the region with its entertainment centers, restaurants and social facilities. As for the districts, it is seen that wooden housing dominates particularly in the ones within the forest. This kind of housing has rapidly turned into concrete and stone housing. Social mobility in Eflani, Eskipazar and Ovacık districts is very low, so there is a dense migration. 
 
 
Education
In the province, the literacy rate is 89%. Our province takes one of the first places in the national student exams. While there are 2 faculties and 2 schools under Zonguldak Karaelmas University in 2002 in our province, Karabük University was founded on 17.05.2007 and our provincegot a university it was looking forward to for years. Our university consists of 4 faculties including Faculty of Technical Education, Fethi Toker Fine Arts and Design Faculty, Faculties of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, 3 schools including Karabük Vocational School, Safranbolu Vocational School and School of Health and 2 institutes including Institute of Social Sciences and Natural and Applied Sciences. There are 175 academicians, 133 administrative staff, and 5848 students at Karabük University. 
 
 
Health
In our province, the total number of hospital beds is 2.141 and it is in the 13th place in the number of the beds per one hundred thousand people according to the data obtained from the Turkish Statistical Institute. 

Economy
 
With the instruction of Atatürk on 3 April 1937, İsmet İnönü laid the foundations of Karabük Iron and Steel Factory, which is still the most important source of income of Karabük, and over time Iron Steel sector has become the locomotive sector along with the productions of the rolling plants established by the private sector.
In our province, Ready Made Clothing Sector consists of the productions of branded companies and of those carrying out contract manufacturing for important brands. It is possible for our province to become a Ready Made Clothing Region with an efficient organization with resources such as infrastructure facilities and qualified trained staff etc
 
As for the mining sector, it has notably marble, travertine, dolomite, bentonite, feldspar, quartzite, gypsum stone, limestone, manganese fields. The Rustic Green in our country, one of the world-known marble types, can only be found in our province in Turkey. The stones mined in our region are sold to the internal markets and are exported abroad. 
Although 69% of our province is covered by forests, this potential could not be used enough in the Forest Products Sector. Trees like pine, fir, fagus, oak, hornbeam are mostly found in our forests. The companies in the sector produce timber, plywood, parquet etc.
 
The companies in the cement, ready mixed concrete and concrete elements sector manufacture cement, tile, glazed tile, concrete pole, ladder tile, lime, briquette, stone chips, crushed stone, limestone, concrete paving blocks, curbstone, concrete and ferroconcrete pipes, glass tile, urban furniture, ready mixed concrete, sewage infrastructure elements etc. 
In the food products manufacturing sector, flour and bakery products, Turkish delight, candies, milk and milk products, meat and meat products are produced.
 

Organized Industrial Zones
Karabük Organized Industrial Zone is 7 km far from the city centre and 3.5 km far from the Karabük-Ankara highway. The infrastructures such as energy, drinking and utility water, communication, and transport inside and outside the region have been completed in the organized industrial zone, which was started to be built in 1997. 
 
As per the provisional article 1 of the law dated 29/01/2004 and numbered 5084, the investors are allocated Free Lands. 
General parcel situation;
 
There are 28 industrial parcels in the zone. 
Out of 28 industrial parcels, 3 companies carry out project activities in 3 parcels, 3 companies carry out construction activities in 3 parcels, 13 companies carry out production in 15 parcels. Accordingly, the occupancy rate of the parcels under construction and production is 64%. There are 7 empty parcels between the sizes of 5.000 m2 and 20.000 m2. 
Of the companies which started production in the zone, 5 carry out production in the fields iron-steel, 2 in the field of food, 2 in the field of textile, 1 in the field of metal casting, 2 in the field of construction and 1 in the field of forest products. In the zone, there is a substation having an available 25 MVA transformer with a 125 MVA capacity which was put into service on 04/09/2008 and it provides our investors with clean and cheap energy. 

Logistics
Karabük is a province that is close to busy roads and railways. In our province, the length of the roads is 360 km, 182 km of which include state highway and 178 km of which include provincial highway. Our province is located on the 293rd km of the Çankırı –Zonguldak railway. Along these railways, there are such units as Directorates of Railway Station and Directorates of Logistics under the Turkish State Railways.
 

Tourism
Karabük, getting acquainted with tourism in recent years, showed a development in cultural tourism. Particularly Safranbolu district has an important share in the development of tourism. The High Council of Intangible Cultural Assets declared Safranbolu district, which protects the important examples of the Turkish City Culture formed within its natural structure during a long historical process to the present day, as an urban protected area in 1985 and in parallel to this, Safranbolu Protection Development Plan was put into application in 1991. 
 
 
 
In our province, there are totally 1451 cultural assets including 26 archeological sites, 6 urban protected sites, 2 natural protected sites, 1417 registered works, and more than 100 rock tombs. 

Energy
Within the scope of the Filyos Project, two dams are planned to be built within the borders of Karabük province. Aktaş Dam is designed to have a power of 12 MW and be a hydroelectric power plant intended for flood protection, and Andıraz Dam is designed to have a power of 21 MW and be a hydroelectric power plant intended for flood protection.
 
Benefiting From Incentives and Supports
 
Priority Development Regions
That Karabük Province is within the scope of “Priority Development Region” creates an opportunity for both private and public sector to benefit from the public support policies. 
 
The incentive system provides an opportunity for incentive application regarding the issues such as
 
• Customs duty exemption,
• Land allocation,
• Value Added Tax exemption,
• Interest support,
• Social security premium support for employers,
• Energy support
 
for the first-degree priority regions for development. 
 
 
The ADNKS (Address-Based Population Registration System) data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute as of 31.12.2009 were taken into consideration.
 
New Incentive System
In accordance with the new investment incentive system entered into force upon publication in the Official Gazette dated 16 July 2009 and numbered 27290, Bartın is placed in Region III. 
 
Supports such as
 
1. Customs duty exemption,
2. VAT exemption,
3. Tax reduction,
4. Social security premium support for employers, 

5. Land allocation of investment locations,
6. Interest support,
can be provided for the investments to be made in Region III.