NEW INVESTMENT FROM ŞİŞECAM IN CHEMICALS LINE
Şişecam Group is to co-invest in the US with Ciner Group to produce natural soda
Şişecam Group, one of the world’s leading players also in synthetic soda production besides the glass industry, is to make a new investment in the United States (US) with Ciner Group that has significant know-how in natural soda production. In this context, Soda Sanayii A.Ş., operating within Şişecam Chemicals, enters into an equal production partnership contract with Ciner Group for the natural soda production in the US.
In his statement on the investment, Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO, said “We are making efforts to use all of the potential opportunities that will create value for Şişecam and that involve acquisitions, joint-ventures, and other cooperation possibilities in line with our sustainable growth and high performance based investment policies. In the wake of the investment in question, we will become one of the world’s top five players in soda ash line and have taken another giant step towards our goal to be among the big three.”
26.06.2019 - Şişecam Group, a global actor in business fields including all main areas of glass industry -flat glass, glassware, glass packaging and glass fiber- as well as soda ash and chromium chemicals, is going to make a new investment in the United States (US) with Ciner Group having significant know-how in natural soda production. For the investment in question, Soda Sanayii A.Ş., operating within Şişecam Chemicals, entered into an equal production partnership contract with Ciner Group for the natural soda production in the US.
Today, Şişecam Group is amongst the top seven synthetic producers of the world with its total annual soda ash production capacity of 2.4 million tons that is the sum of 1.4 million tons at its Mersin Soda Plant, 585,000 tons at its Şişecam Soda Lukavac Plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 375,000 tons at its Solvay Sodi Plant in Bulgaria, where the Group has production partnership with the world’s largest synthetic soda producer Solvay.
Ciner Group that Şişecam Group has entered into a production partnership contract for its new investment in the US is the world’s largest natural soda producer thanks to its total natural soda production capacity of 7 million tons per year that is made up of 2.7 million tons in Kazan and 1.8 million tons at Eti Soda with solution mining operations in Turkey and 2.5 million tons in the US with conventional mining.
“Şişecam Group is carrying out its production operations in the four main business lines of flat glass, glassware, glass packaging, and chemicals in 13 countries on three continents. Especially the different investments that we have made in recent years in our current business lines indicate the opportunities that we are using also in connection with the inorganic growth opportunities besides the organic growth to achieve our global strategic objectives. In consequence of our efforts to use all of the potential opportunities that will create value for our company including acquisitions, joint-ventures, and other cooperation possibilities in line with our sustainable growth and high performance based investment policies, we have made a decision to make a greenfield investment in the Green River, Wyoming with Ciner Group that has significant know-how in natural soda production and the largest natural soda production capacity globally. Thus, we are aiming at increasing our share in the global soda ash market from its current level of 3.4% and in the global sodium bicarbonate market from 6.5% owing to our 40 years of experience that we have gained from our synthetic soda sales in the world market spanning. Moreover, access to the low-cost natural soda in the soda market with a solid competition offers a competitive advantage, while financially contributing to Şişecam Group that will further reinforce its strength in the global market. We have been implementing the same production partnership structure in Bulgaria for many years with Solvay, the world’s largest synthetic soda manufacturer,” Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO, said.
“We will become one of the world’s top five players in soda ash production”
“The new investment in question would offer the possibility for a natural soda production by employing one of the most advanced techniques of the low-cost solution mining. This investment will be important in boosting our global market share by strengthening our position in Asia and Europe. We expect to start our operations in 2024 following the acquisition of required operating permits and licenses. We are planning to finance this investment, which has an annual natural soda ash production capacity of 2.5 million tons besides 200,000 tons of sodium bicarbonate production capacity, with a long-term project financing loan by 80% and the balance with an equity capital to be invested equally. In the wake of this investment, we will become one of the world’s top five players in soda line and have taken another giant step towards our goal to be among the top three,” Kırman noted.
About Şişecam Group
One of the most established enterprises in Turkey, Şişecam Group is a global actor in business fields including all main areas of glass industry, i.e. flat glass, glassware, glass packaging and glass fiber, as well as soda and chromium chemicals. Today Şişecam, the world’s leading supplier of chromium compounds and the 7th largest synthetic soda ash producer in the world, is the 3rd largest glassware, the 5th largest glass packaging and flat glass manufacturer globally.
The Group, which has 43 production facilities in total, has manufacturing activities in Turkey, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Ukraine, Egypt and India. With its more than 80 years of experience, 22,000 employees, production in 13 countries, and sales in 150 countries, Şişecam is a group at international scale and continues on its journey to become one of top three global producers in its all-main business fields.