Şişecam Chemicals Group represents one of the four main businesses of Şişecam. The Group represents Şişecam in the chemicals, mining and glass fiber industries successfully on a global scale. It operates in the fields of soda products and chromium chemicals industrial raw materials, glass fiber, Vitamin K3 derivatives, and sodium metabisulfite in over 20 facilities across 5 countries.
The foundations of the Chemicals Group was laid with Soda Sanayii A.Ş. founded in 1969 for the purpose of producing soda ash, one of the key raw materials of the glass industry. The chemicals produced at the Soda Plant in Mersin/Turkey and at the Kromsan Chromium Compounds Plant, which joined the group in 1982, are supplied to various fields from detergents to chemicals and from leather to pharmaceuticals.
The Group’s first investment abroad was its 25% partnership in the Sodi Soda Ash Plant in Bulgaria in 1997. Another partnership in 2005 with the Italian Cromital company, operating in the field of chromium chemicals, resulted in its complete acquisition in 2011. The Lukavac Soda Ash Plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, producing soda ash, was acquired in 2006. The Chemicals Group has a total production capacity of 2.2 million tons of soda products, which makes it the 4th largest producer in Europe and the 10th in the world. With future capacity increases, Şişecam Chemicals will remain one of the global players among soda ash and sodium bicarbonate suppliers.
In chromium chemicals, Şişecam is the leading sodium dichromate, basic chromium sulfate and chromic acid producer in the world, thanks to the Kromsan Chromium Compounds Plant in Mersin/Turkey and Cromital S.p.A. in Italy.
Through the years, the Group has developed its capacity, technology, and product range, improving its position in the market for new chromium chemicals (Chromium III products). In addition to “Trisurfin,” which was lauched in 2008, the plant began producing chromium nitrate and chromium chloride. The Group has also become a dependable supplier in its region for sodium suphate after its plant was commissioned.
The raw material needs of the glass, glass fiber, and soda ash plants under Şişecam are supplied by the Camiş Madencilik A.Ş. under the Chemicals Group. Camiş Madencilik A.Ş. operates around 70 mining fields and 18 raw material production and processing facilities throughout Turkey, as well as being active in mine exploration, technological research, and plant design.
In addition to the local operations, Camiş Egypt Mining Ltd. Co. was founded in Egypt in 1999. The company is producing silica sand from licensed fields and raw material processing plants in Egypt. On 2010, all the shares of R.K. Vijenac d.o.o. Limestone Plant in the Tuzla Canton of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Federation was acquired jointly by Camiş Madencilik A.Ş. and Fabrika Cemmenta Lukavac of Austria. The plant produces raw materials for the cement and soda ash industries. The total production capacity of the Group in mining operations in Turkey and abroad has reached 4.5 million tons.
Founded under the Şişecam Chemicals Group in 1999, Oxyvit Kimya Sanayii ve Ticaret A.Ş. produces Vitamin K3 and derivatives, products that have high added value and are used in the feed industry and premix production. In 2006, the company added sodium metabisulfite to its production line to supply textile industries. Oxyvit was certified in 2009 for the production of sodium metabisulfite also at food quality
Another important player of the Group is Cam Elyaf Sanayii A.Ş. in Gebze/Turkey.Functioning under Şişecam Chemicals, the company produces reinforcement products for the GRP industry and its products are used inwind turbine blades, automotive parts, engineering plastics, maritime, construction and various other industrial applications.Cam Elyaf began production in 1973, and soon became one of the leading glass fiber producers in Europe thanks to continual increases in capacity.
Şişecam Chemicals Group demonstrates its responsible approoach with its continuous investments in the environment, meeting its own energy requirements by its energy cogeneration plant.
Soda Sanayii A.Ş. under the Şişecam Chemicals Group is a publicly traded company at BIST.