In addition to its soda ash and chromium chemicals operations, Şişecam produces Vitamin K3 derivatives and sodium metabisulfite in Turkey, Italy, Bulgaria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Company ranks fourth in Europe and eighth worldwide in soda ash production. As the world’s fourth largest chromic acid producer, Şişecam is a global leader in sodium dichromate and basic chromium sulfate production.
In 1969, Şişecam began producing soda ash, a key raw material in the glass industry, at its Mersin Soda plant. In 1982, the Kromsan Chromium Compounds plant was commissioned. This facility provides input to over 100 different sectors, from detergent production to the chemicals industry, leather to pharmaceuticals.
In 1997, Şişecam made its first foreign investment in the chemicals sector by acquiring the privatized Sodi soda plant in Bulgaria. In later years, Şişecam expanded its foreign investment portfolio to include Cromital, a producer of chromium chemicals based in Italy, and Lukavac Soda Plant, a producer of soda based in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Besides soda ash and chromium chemicals, Şişecam produces Vitamin K3 derivatives and sodium metabisulfite. In 1999, Şişecam commissioned Oxyvit Kimya, a company set up to produce value-added fine chemicals. Oxyvit Kimya also introduced Vitamin K3 production technology to Turkey. Operating in the Mersin-Tarsus Organized Industry Zone, Oxyvit Kimya is Europe's only Vitamin K3 producer. Thanks to further capital investments in its facility, Şişecam included sodium metabisulfite and sodium bisulfite in its production portfolio in 2007. With these key industrial products, the Company serves numerous sectors, including food, textiles, mining, water treatment, construction chemicals and leather. In the global market, Oxyvit Kimya is especially preferred by customers who have a perception of high quality and use products originating from Europe.
Şişecam operates under the Triple Commitment, a voluntary initiative in the chemicals industry, complying with environment, health, and occupational safety regulation systems. Şişecam exports its chemicals products to over 100 countries around the world.