Şişecam Group to Partner with US-based Ciner Group to Produce Natural Soda

Glass Magazine
June 28, 2019

Şişecam Group will make a new investment in the U.S. with Ciner Group, which has significant know-how in natural soda production. For the investment in question, Soda Sanayii A.Ş., operating within Şişecam Chemicals, entered into an equal production partnership contract with Ciner Group for the natural soda production in the U.S.

Today, Şişecam Group is amongst the top seven synthetic producers in the world with its total annual soda ash production capacity of 2.4 million tons, a combined total of 1.4 million tons at its Mersin Soda Plant, 585,000 tons at its Şişecam Soda Lukavac Plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 375,000 tons at its Solvay Sodi Plant in Bulgaria, where the Group has production partnership with the world’s largest synthetic soda producer Solvay.

Ciner Group is the world’s largest natural soda producer thanks to its total natural soda production capacity of 7 million tons per year that is made up of 2.7 million tons in Kazan and 1.8 million tons at Eti Soda with solution mining operations in Turkey and 2.5 million tons in the US with conventional mining.

"[We] are aiming at increasing our share in the global soda market from its current level of 3.4 percent and in the global sodium and bicarbonate market from 6.5 percent owing to our 40 years of experience that we have gained from our synthetic soda sales in the world market spanning," says Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group vice chairman and CEO. "Moreover, access to the low-cost natural soda in the soda market with a solid competition offers a competitive advantage, while financially contributing to Şişecam Group that will further reinforce its strength in the global soda market. We have been implementing the same production partnership structure in Bulgaria for many years with Solvay, the world’s largest synthetic soda manufacturer. We will become one of the world’s top five players in soda ash production.”

“The new investment in question would offer the possibility for a natural soda production by employing one of the most advanced techniques of the low-cost solution mining,” says Kırman. “Depending on the timing of obtaining the required investment and operating licenses and permits for this investment, which, in our opinion, will take an important part in increasing our global market share by reinforcing our existence in the Asian and American markets, we are expecting to commence the production operations by the year 2024. We are planning to finance this investment, which has an annual natural soda production capacity of 2.5 million tons besides 200,000 tons of sodium bicarbonate production capacity.”