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Sisecam ranks as one of the top three largest soda producers and top four chromic acid producers worldwide, with facilities located in Turkey, the U.S., Italy, Bulgaria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, exporting chemical products to over 100 countries around the world.
Soda ash, known chemically as sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), has been in use for thousands of years. Soda ash occurs in many kinds of mineral waters and in mineral deposits of certain springs and lake brines.
About 50 million years ago, volcanic activity, decaying plant matter, and climate change caused the evaporation of a large lake, leaving behind the world’s largest trona deposit located in Green River, Wyoming.
Synthetic soda ash is made using either the Solvay or Hou process and contains a number of different chemicals. Both methods leave behind byproducts and require either seaside discharge or waste beds to catch leftover impurities.
“Today, Sisecam ranks among the world’s most prestigious manufacturers thanks to its exceptional expertise and highly competitive operations.”
Founded in 1935 by İşbank at the directive of Atatürk, the founder and the first President of the Republic of Turkey, Sisecam is one of the most established industrial enterprises in Turkey with a corporate history spanning more than 86 years.
Stauffer Chemical opened its Big Island Mine and Refinery plant in Green River, WY, USA and started producing soda ash from the mined trona.
Stauffer Chemical converted its manufacturing process from conventional “drill and blast” mining to “continuous mining.”
Stauffer Chemical was acquired by Chesebrough Ponds.
Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), who was in turn acquired by Unilever, took Stauffer Chemical over from Chesebrough Ponds.
Rhone-Poulenc took over Stauffer’s industrial chemicals section (soda ash business) from ICI.
OCI Company, Ltd. took over the soda ash business from Rhone-Poulenc, renaming the new North American subsidiary as OCI Chemical Corporation.
Unit 6, OCI Chemical’s first automated unit, reached production levels of about a million tons per year.
Decahydrate (DECA) plant started recovering soda ash from the tailings ponds which then increased the plant’s overall efficiency.
OCI’s soda ash business was listed on NYSE as a Master Limited Partnership under ticker symbol OCIR, following an intitial public offering.
OCI Chemical corporation was acquired by Ciner Enterprises Inc., a Ciner Group subsidiary, to be renamed as Ciner Resources Corporation.
The soda ash venture was rewarded “2,000,000 Safe Man Hours Without a Lost Time Accident Award”.
Şişecam entered into an equal production partnership contract with Ciner Group for natural soda production in the U.S.
Sisecam has made an investment in the U.S. that will change the structure of its partnership with Ciner Group, taking over the soda ash business and renaming it as Sisecam, while changing its ticker symbol on the NYSE to SIRE. With this investment, Sisecam has become one of the top soda producers in the world.