As one of the most important players in the cement sector with its expertize and know-how, Sabancı Holding realized approximately 30% of Turkey’s cement exports in 2019 through Akçansa and Çimsa.
Çimsa has signed the acquisition agreement of Buñol, a white cement factory in Spain, for USD 180 million. The competition authority approval process continues.
STRATEGIC SOLUTION PARTNER
Akçansa is among the suppliers of 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, which will be the “World’s largest suspension bridge with a span.”
In 2019, Akçansa and Çimsa directed their investments and focus on value-added products and digitalization.
Having realized the highest export in the history of the Turkish cement sector as of 2019, Akçansa has reached approximately 4 million tons of exports with the logistic advantage provided by Çanakkale Port.
Sector and Sabancı Cement Group companies - 2019 and priorities
The Turkish cement sector is the largest producer in Europe with 54 integrated production facilities, 22 grinding facilities with a production capacity of approximately 100 million tons. In 2019, with the contraction in consumption in the domestic market, the Turkish cement sector turned to exports and became the second-largest exporting country in the world.
Akçansa and Çimsa represent 16% of total Turkish clinker capacity
Akçansa produces cement and ready-mixed concrete in the Marmara, Aegean and the Black Sea regions. Akçansa operates seven cement terminals in Ambarlı, Aliağa, Yalova, Derince, Marmara Ereğlisi, Trabzon and Hopa in addition to Istanbul, Çanakkale and Ladik plants. Operating in the Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea regions of Turkey, Akçansa produces ready-mixed concrete at 26 ready-mixed concrete plants under the “Betonsa” brand and aggregate in the Saray, Kemerburgaz, Samsun and Bursa aggregate quarries under the “Agregasa” brand. Also, Karçimsa Cement Grinding and Packaging Facility has been established with the partnership of 51% Akçansa and 49% Karabük Demir Çelik İşletmeleri.
Approximately 30% of the cement export of Turkey in 2019 is from Sabancı Group
In 2019, Cement Group increased its cement export revenue to TL 1.8 million up from TL 1.2 billion in 2018. Having realized the highest export in the history of the Turkish cement sector as of 2019, Akçansa has reached approximately 4 million tons of exports with the logistic advantage provided by Çanakkale Port. With its effective port management and long-standing customer portfolio based on trust, Akçansa has gained important and permanent export markets and increased its export revenues by 119% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Akçansa also broke a record with the developments in port management. Providing a 46% increase in port capacity utilization rate in 2019, Akçansa carried out about 1 million tons of clinker export operation for the first time in one year from Ambarlı Port.
In 2019, total sales remained flat with the support of exports despite the contraction in domestic demand while there have been increases in energy input costs as a result of both prices and the currency rates. Our companies have made a difference with improvements in both fuel and raw material product receipts and using the advantages of the logistics network.
In 2019, the highest alternative fuel usage rate has been achieved
Sabancı Cement Group has achieved the highest rate in its history with an alternative fuel utilization rate of 15% in Akçansa and 8% in Çimsa (including Afyon plant). Akçansa Büyükçekmece plant is positioned as the solution partner of Istanbul’s waste issue. By using most of the dried sludge from the treatment plants of İSKİ in Istanbul as fuel in the Büyükçekmece plant, energy recovery is provided. In 2019, especially Akçansa has achieved an important success by realizing an alternative fuel utilization rate of 23% in the Samsun Ladik plant.
Akçansa is the strategic solution partner in 1915 Çanakkale Bridge
In 2019, Akçansa was among the suppliers of 1915 Çanakkale Bridge which will connect Gelibolu and Lapseki and which will be the “World’s largest suspension bridge with a span.” With its product named 1803 concrete, developed for long R&D studies, concrete pouring stage of the project have been completed within the year. 450 thousand m3 of ready-mixed concrete was poured by an experienced team of 125 people in a total of six ready-mixed concrete plants. Unlike the standard concrete, 1803 concrete is a specialized product with high performance, which provides processability for a record six hours for offshore pouring activities, also resistant to environmental influences, impermeable and in which heat development can be controlled. 1915 Çanakkale Bridge Project is an exemplary project with innovative product studies and zero-error project management while leaving a legacy to the generations to come.
Leader in technology-focused production
The product named 1803 concrete produced within the scope of the Çanakkale Bridge project of Akçansa will replace traditional sampling methods and lead digital transformation in the sector.
Additionally, Akçansa has initiated studies on the clinker production by artificial intelligence in rotary kilns in order to increase efficiency and reduce dependency on imported energy sources. This project is made in collaboration with SabancıDx and consultants and planned to be applied in other rotary kilns in the event the pilot application of the project becomes successful. Development and test processes are ongoing.
Following the rules set forth by the International Concrete Sustainability Council, Akçansa’s Kemerburgaz Ready Mixed Concrete Plant became the first in Turkey to be granted the globally recognized CSC “Responsible Use of Resources – Gold Sustainability Certification,” which is given to the most select manufacturers of cement, concrete and aggregate.
Gold standard in employee management and development
As a company that invests in human capital, Akçansa has been awarded the Gold Standard
in Investors in People, which is the only people-oriented quality standard in the world, focusing on all practices for the development and management of human capital, and Akçansa became the first company in Turkey to receive this award.
Corporate social responsibility
“Benim Komşum (My Neighborhood)” Social Responsibility Project, which has reached over 30 thousand people since its launch in 2015, has started its educational practices with students, teachers and parents in Ladik, Samsun following Büyükçekmece and Çanakkale. In the Akçansa Mobile Training Center, expert psychologists of TOÇEV are providing support to boarding high school students with respective programs regarding the difficulties of being away from their families.
Priorities in 2020
The contraction in 2019 in the domestic market caused Akçansa and Çimsa to prioritize exports and it has resulted in a record in exports by working at full capacity. In addition to success achieved in exports, the priority for Sabancı Group cement companies in 2020 is to actualize their high value-added digital transformation projects. In this context, studies involving smart factory systems and cloud solutions are progressing at full speed to increase production and efficiency in energy usage.