Formed with the merger of Akçimento and Çanakkale Çimento in 1996, Akçansa is the leading cement producer in Turkey. The Company is a Sabancı Holding and Heidelberg Cement joint venture.
Operating in the Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea regions of Turkey, Akçansa produces cement at its Istanbul, Çanakkale and Ladik plants, and ready-mixed concrete at 35 ready-mixed concrete plants under the “Betonsa” brand. Operating out of the Ayazağa, Bursa and Saray aggregate quarries as “Agregasa,” Akçansa operates nine cement terminals in Ambarlı, Aliağa, Yarımca, Yalova, Derince, Marmara Ereğlisi, Samsun, Trabzon and Hopa. The Karçimsa Cement Grinding and Packaging Plant has been operational since 1998 after the formation of a partnership between Karabük Demir Çelik İşletmeleri (49%) and Akçansa (51%).
Akçansa continues to grow by creating value-driven competition in all the markets in which it operates and keeps the focus on success in line with the Company’s vision of sustainable growth. Akçansa utilizes state-of-the-art technology in its environmentally friendly facilities to meet customer expectations and emphasize service quality.
Akçansa, a company with world class products that have received awards from the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, produced enough cement products to fulfill around 9% of Turkey’s cement needs in 2016. Operating advanced technology equipped facilities with an excellence in service approach, Akçansa posted record sales of domestic cement and clinker at 6.3 million tons with the contributions of the newly added cement terminals in Marmara Ereğlisi, Trabzon and Derince. The Company’s international cement and clinker sales totaled 1.5 million tons for the year. With reduced operating capital needs despite increasing revenues, Akçansa recorded turnover of about TL 1.5 billion in 2016. With the logistical advantages provided by the Çanakkale port, the Company is one of the cement export leaders in Turkey. Akçansa supplies many different locations, including the US, Western Africa countries and the Mediterranean Basin, with products and services. The Company is one of the largest suppliers in the US market alone with the added value products produced in Çanakkale.
Successfully differentiated from the competition with innovative specialized solutions, Betonsa recorded total ready mixed concrete sales of 3.7 million m3. This strong result is thanks to the Company’s specialty products, superior equipment and highly qualified human resources in large projects. During the year, Betonsa opened new facilities in Amasya and Çatalca. The Yolbeton product, which is produced entirely with domestic resources, provides a 50% savings in labor with a structure that does not require repair.
The production operations executed by Akçansa with a specially designed product for the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, one of Turkey’s largest and most important mega projects in recent years, serves as a model to the country and the world. Akçansa produced the specialty product 100+Beton, a type of concrete that is highly durable against environmental effects, for the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge. The success of the 100+Beton product, developed entirely by Turkish engineers, was officially recognized with the Excellence in Concrete Award it won in the “Infrastructure” category of the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Competition, where the most innovative products in concrete are highlighted by the American Concrete Institute.
Akçansa, which conducts operations with the aim of managing a sustainable and low cost supply chain, posted 10% growth in the branch of port operations during the year. In 2016, Akçansa started freight from Ambarlı Port for Istanbul’s European side departures and UN Ro-Ro routes for the Thrace region.
Akçansa continues efforts apace on sustainability journey. In the results of the 2016 report for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the world’s most prestigious and widely recognized environmental organization, Akçansa voluntarily disclosed its carbon emissions to CDP as it has done for six years, becoming one of Turkey’s leaders in this regard. The Mikroalg project, an important R&D and innovation effort conducted in cooperation with TÜBİTAK and Çanakkale 18 Mart University, garnered a Low Carbon Heroes Award at the Third Istanbul Carbon Summit.
Akçansa has developed a number of innovative projects that target improving communication and creating value for all stakeholders. Competitions like Concrete Ideas and biodiversity projects for young people are undertaken with the goal of becoming the most preferred employer in the industry. “The Project of Neighbor Councils,” which takes place in the factories, helps the Company to listen to its neighbors, and includes them in decision-making; and the “Project of Ambassadors Council” listens to workers and employees to identify areas of improvement together.
Akçansa’s “My Neighborhood Social Responsibility Project” contributes to the development of mothers-fathers and their children, producing solutions to the problems they face. Under the project, which was started in cooperation with the Büyükçekmece District National Education Directorate and TOÇEV, the expert psychologists of TOÇEV work in the Akçansa My Neighborhood Mobile Education Center. Children are taught how to better communicate at school, at home and with their friends. Meanwhile, parents are assisted with educational programs that respond to the general questions they have on issues they are challenged with in raising children and issues that require a professional opinion. The My Neighborhood Project, which launched in December 2015, aims to reach 15 thousand students and their parents in 68 schools in the Büyüçekmece area by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Akçansa joined the Vocational Schools Coaches Program in cooperation with the Private Sector Volunteers (OSGD) to expand the vision of vocational school students and help them become successful. As part of the program, Samsun volunteers, who have completed their training in the initiative, will provide guidance to Samsun Atakum Vocational School students for a two-year term to contribute to their individual and professional development and prepare them for professional life.
Akçansa recorded a first in Turkey by providing its customers with online cement sales. With the goal of providing its vendors, internal and external customers with the advantages of being an Akçansa member, the Company activated its Akcansafirsatlari.com online purchase site. Akçansa Sales Academy, a first in the cement sector in Turkey, is a corporate academy that provides benefits to Akçansa and the cement sector as a whole with training in many relevant topics, from marketing to finance. Akçansa Sales Academy aims to raise sales leaders with the professional training and programs made available to vendors and vendor employees.
By winning the Gold Standard in the Investors in People (IIP), the only “people focused” standard in the world, Akçansa placed first in the sector and was only the fourth company in Turkey to receive this award. The Company was ranked in the top 7% globally.
In addition to ranking 61st on the “Turkey’s Largest 500 Companies” list compiled by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Akçansa was named the “Most Liked Company” in the industry for the 15th time by Capital journal in 2016. At the Sabancı Gold Collar Awards, held for the fourth time to reward the achievements of Sabancı Group companies and employees and encourage the sharing of good applications, Akçansa won first place in the “Market Focus” category; honorable mention in the “Investment in People” category; first place in the “This is Equality” category; and the Big Award in the “Value Adder” category.
The Company’s Betonik City project, integrated into a 3-D game popular worldwide that enables various designs to be made with cubes, won the Felis Success Award during the year. The My Neighborhood Project won the Best Corporate Responsibility Project award given by the JCI Culture Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Association. The projects were selected especially according to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.
Akçansa has floated 20.6% of its capital to the public and Akçansa’s shares are traded on the BIST (Borsa Istanbul).