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.
In 2019, Akçansa and Çimsa directed their investments and focus on value-added products and digitalization.
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
Çimsa operates in the cement and building materials industry with five integrated plants in Kayseri, Mersin, Eskişehir, Niğde and Afyonkarahisar; two grinding facilities in the USA and Ankara; Malatya Cement Packaging facility; 22 ready-mixed concrete facilities organized under four regional offices; and international cement terminals.
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.
As one of the global brands in white cement, Çimsa continued to contribute to our country in 2019 as well. With seven terminals abroad, the company has exported white cement and specialized products to over 65 countries, especially those in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and the USA. With the logistics advantage of the Mersin Plant, Çimsa has reached around 3 million tons of export with an increase of 52% in 2019 compared to the previous year and increased its export revenue by 32%.
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.
With the participation of the Buñol Factory in its production and distribution network, Çimsa began to dominate a wider geography and now aims to create a strong export network in Europe as well as the North African and South American markets. Completing its grinding plant investment in the USA also in 2019, which is the first greenfield investment abroad, Çimsa will become the largest company in the world in terms of global white cement trade with a 40% increase in its production capacity.
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.
Leader in technology-focused production
Çimsa has created a cloud infrastructure to develop projects with big data, within the scope of the Advanced Data Analytics program commenced with SabancıDx. It has developed a machine learning project to reduce electricity consumption in cement and raw material mills.
The targeted benefit is to decrease the annual electric consumption by 16,160 MWh and to save TL 5-7 million. Studies on implementing this project in all other Çimsa plants as well as on productization process are ongoing.
Focusing on Industry 4.0 projects by prioritizing smart factory systems, data analytics and efficiency in line with its digital strategies, Çimsa’s R&D Center Formülhane continues its activities in the Mersin Plant as a global solution center for the needs of cement users. The center, aim of which is to bring out products causing 40% less carbon emissions, also makes a difference as the first Ministry-approved R&D Center in the Turkish cement sector. Two Horizon 2020 projects are being executed in the center which has benefited from European Union funds in the near-term.
Çimsa is focused on creating value to the environment, society and the national economy within the scope of its sustainability studies. While carrying out the investments, designing the product and service development applications, social and environmental factors are taken into consideration. With its waste policy, Çimsa aims to contribute to a clean environment, to provide value to its main areas of activity, and to protect the health of its stakeholders by managing the disposal of wastes in a modern method.
Corporate social responsibility
Çimsa executes social responsibility projects with its sustainability approach focused on creating value for the society and defines education as one of the areas that need corporate support and contribution and prioritizes projects that support children.
With the Yaz Çocukları (Summer Children) project, which has been ongoing for nine years, Çimsa contributes to the children who live in rural areas to have a desire to succeed, to develop teamwork and cooperation, while aiming to support their emotional, social and physical development. The project started in 2011 with the participation of the children of Çimsa Niğde Plant employees. 116 children were educated during the terms held in Niğde and Kayseri in 2019. The program managed to reach approximately one thousand children in nine years.
Additionally, Çimsa has made a collaboration with the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality within the scope of the Disability Awareness Week for five years, contributing to the supply of battery-powered wheelchairs for disabled people. In the project, 191 battery-powered wheelchairs have been delivered to those in need.
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.
Completing the acquisition of Buñol Plant, which is one of the leading white cement producers, in 2019, Çimsa will continue the integration process of the facility in 2020.