Turkey’s cement giants Akçansa and Çimsa focused on creating value to the environment, society and the national economy while carrying out their activities in 2020.

In 2020, Building Materials companies contributed to the national economy with a combined export volume of TL 2 billion.

Developments in 2020

Overseas Organization

In line with the long-term strategy of Sabancı Group to become a leading global player in the white cement trade, Cimsa Sabanci Cement BV was established by combining financial power with operational competence. Cimsa Sabanci Cement BV is a productive and financially sound platform operating overseas.

Flexible Business Model During the Pandemic

Akçansa and Çimsa met the demands in the domestic market and export by continuing production at full capacity with flexible business models despite the impact of the pandemic in 2020. Exporting to 17 countries in 4 continents from 3 ports at a record level, Akçansa achieved great success by reaching the highest monthly export volume in the Turkish cement industry’s history.

Technology-Oriented and Sustainable Production

Focusing on smart plant systems, data analytics and energy efficiency with the digital strategies they have developed, Akçansa and Çimsa produced greener products by increasing the use of waste as an alternative fuel source.

Priorities in 2020

Industry and Sabancı Building Materials Group companies

Turkish cement industry ranks first in Europe with 55 integrated production facilities, 22 grinding plants and a total annual production capacity of 100 million tons. With the recovery in the domestic market in 2020 after the contractions in 2018 and 2019, there has been an increase in the export volume of the Turkish cement industry.

Akçansa and Çimsa represent 16% of total Turkish clinker capacity

Çimsa operates in the cement and building materials industry with integrated plants in Kayseri, Mersin, Eskişehir, Niğde and Afyonkarahisar; two grinding plants in Houston/USA and Ankara; 21 ready mix concrete facilities and international cement terminals.

Focusing on sustainable production in 2020, Building Materials Group companies continued to create value to their stakeholders.

2020 Performance

In 2020, Building Materials companies contributed to the national economy with a combined export volume of TL 2 billion.

A world-renowned brand in white cement, Çimsa maintained its contributions to the Turkish economy in 2020. Via its seven terminals and one grinding plant abroad, Çimsa exports white cement and specialized products to more than 65 countries - especially in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and North America. With the logistical advantage of its Mersin Plant, Çimsa increased its export revenue in 2020 compared to the previous year.

Operating at full capacity thanks to domestic and international sales, the sales income of the companies rose over the prior year. Despite the rising energy costs due to the exchange rates, Building Materials Group companies managed to make a difference in the industry with the improvements in fuel and raw material usage recipes while making use of the advantages of their logistics networks.

With Buñol Plant joining the production and distribution network, Building Materials Group aims to establish a sound export network in North Africa and South America markets as well as Europe by having a say in a wider geography. With a 40% increase in production capacity thanks to this investment, it is expected that the group will rise to the leading position in the global white cement trade.

In 2020, the highest alternative fuel usage rate has been achieved

With an alternative fuel use of 19% in Akçansa and 7% in Çimsa (including Afyon factory), the Group reached the highest level in its history in the use of alternative fuel. 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 and the fluid waste from ships in the Sea of Marmara with the collaboration of İSTAÇ as fuel in the Büyükçekmece plant, energy recovery is provided. At the Sabancı Golden Collar Awards, Akçansa received the first prize in the Lean Transformation category with its Alternative Fuel Project.

Digitalization, Technology and Investments

Pioneer in technology-oriented and innovative production

Building Materials companies created a cloud infrastructure to develop projects with big data, within the scope of the Advanced Data Analytics program commenced with SabancıDx. The company developed a machine learning initiative to reduce electricity consumption in kiln, cement and raw meal mills.

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 Formula Center continues its activities inside the Mersin Plant as a global solution center for the needs of cement users.

The production of “Duro,” which is the most recently developed product in the Formula Center, is only carried out by Çimsa in Turkey. With a low melting point, Duro helps to clean steel melts at 1,375°C and does not include fluorine. Duro was offered to the iron and steel industry as an environmentally-friendly material.

Another project of Çimsa, “Forge” became one of 8 projects supported by the EU Commission within the scope of “nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing technologies” areas under TÜBİTAK Horizon 2020 Program’s Industrial Leadership and Competitiveness category.

People and Sustainability


In line with the solution-oriented strategy adopted in the field of climate change at Akçansa and Çimsa; environmental and economically effective solutions such as alternative fuel and raw material use are implemented in addition to energy efficiency and emission reduction practices.

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 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.

Additionally, Çimsa has made a collaboration with the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality within the scope of the Disability Awareness Week for six years, contributing to the supply of battery­powered wheelchairs for disabled people. In the project, 241 battery-powered wheelchairs have been delivered to those in need.

2021 Priorities and Industry Strategy

With the recovery started in the domestic market in 2020, Akçansa and Çimsa met the domestic demand and worked full capacity while maintaining its export volume. The priorities of the Building Materials Group companies in 2021 are to realize their high-added value digital transformation projects and to increase the use of alternative fuel. In this context, studies involving smart factory systems and cloud solutions are progressing at full speed to increase production and efficiency in energy usage. The Buñol Plant, which is a leading global white cement production facility, will be integrated into the Building Materials network.

Area of activity

Grey and white cement and clinker production, calcium aluminate cement production, ready mix concrete

Countries of activity

Turkey, Germany, USA, Italy, Spain, Russia, Romania and TRNC

Cement plants

5 integrated plants (Mersin, Eskişehir, Kayseri, Niğde and Afyonkarahisar), 1 overseas grinding plant (Houston/USA), 1 domestic grinding plant (Ankara), 7 International terminals (Hamburg/ Germany, Trieste/Italy, Seville and Alicante/Spain, Famagusta-TRNC, Constanta-Romania and Novorossiysk-Russia)

Ready mix concrete plants

21 concrete plants

Total capacity

5.2 million tons/year grey cement,

1.7 million tons/year white cement

Number of employees


Sabancı Holding share




According to data as of 31.12.2020.


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