History

1948
H.VEDAT KORA M.Sc. Chemical Engineer 1923 - 1975 Our founder, Mr. Vedat KORA graduated from İstanbul University Engineering Faculty as M.Sc. Chemical Engineer, and started his career at Turkish State Monopoly Research Center. In 1948 began production of certain chemicals in a small workshop.
Vedat KORA started to produce Sodium Sulfate at Lake Acigol South West Anatolia Turkey, after having the “Sodium Sulfate” mine concession numbered İR 73 at 17.09.1953. His private company named H. Vedat KORA Company was registered nr. 49.519 in İstanbul Chamber of Commerce. Vedat Kora obtained his first Patent at 15 January 1954 for production of Soda from Sodium Sulfate. Later, Mr. Kora received 6 more patents for various chemical production methods. He received the mining licence İR 2197 at 01.03.1956 for Sodium Sulfate production at Lake Bolluk nearby Konya-Cihanbeyli province.
1953
1957
H. Vedat Kora together with his wife E. Şükran Kora established Alkali Minerals Ltd. registered in İstanbul Registry of Commerce nr. 65.070 at 29.05.1957. All mining licences were transferred to this new company.
In this year, at 14.03.1962 Mr. Vedat Kora's brother Mr. Cihat Kora became a shareholder in Alkali Minerals Ltd.
1962
1963
Alkim Alkali Kimya A.S. Joint Venture company was founded together with Alkali Minerals Ltd, Kora Family, and American Essex Interore Inc. (a subsidiary of Exxon).
The first modern sodium sulfate plant constructed in Konya.
1965
1971
American Essex Interore Inc. sold his shares to the KORA Family, thus Alkim Alkali Kimya A.S. has become totally (100%) a family company again.
We lost the founder of our company Mr. Vedat Kora by an airplane disaster.
1975
1977
The anhydrous sodium sulfate plant set up with 30.000 tpa capacity nearby the Lake Bolluk.
The plant, which was constructed by German Lurgi Firm, started production and the “Koralkim” name was given to these integrated premises.
1985
1987
Great and modern raw-material production ponds (3.5 million m2), main feeding and distributing canals and the pumping stations were put into service.
Alkim has taken its place among the top 10 Sodium Sulfate producers.
1993
1995
Alkim has begun to invest for Turkey’s biggest and the most modern production mills of offset and coated paper at Izmir – Kemalpasa Organized Industrial Zone with the capacity of 55.000 tons/year.
For the first time in history ISO 9002 Quality System Certificate for Sodium Sulfate production was given to Alkim’s Koralkim Plant.
1996
1998
Paper production begun at our Izmir – Kemalpasa Paper Mill.
Paper operation separated from Alkim Chemicals and a 100% subsidiary was established under the name of Alkim Kagit Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.

1999
2000
Alkim Alkali Kimya A.S. went public in March and started trading on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

Alkim Kagit Sanayi A.S. has gone also public in November and started to be traded on Istanbul Stock Exchange.
For the first time in Turkey, low calorie burning powder lignite fluid bed energy station, which is constructed by Babcock-Gama, was put into service in Koralkim Plant.

- The number and sizes of raw-material production ponds have increased and their sizes have reached 7.5 million m2.
2001
2002
- The expansion investment for Granular Sodium Sulfate has taken place.

- Alkim became the world's 6th biggest sodium sulfate producer.
After the change in Monopoly Law, the production of salt has become possible in the private sector in Turkey. Alkim bought “lake salt production licences” and started to produce raw salt.
2003
2006
Alkim decided to start the research and development activities at his Çayırhan Glauberite Mine, near Ankara - middle Anatolia. This concession belonging to Alkim is one of the biggest reserves in Europe, with a measured amount of 190 million tons Glauberite - corresponding to ca. 65 million tons of pure sodium sulfate.
- Cihanbeyli Bolluk lake new sodium sulfate plant is commissioned was January 2007 with a capacity of 80.000 tons per year.

- Our Honorary President Mr. Cihat KORA honored by TBMM (Turkish Grand National Assembly) Eminent Services Award in May 2007.

- At our Dazkırı Koralkim Plant, a table salt production unit with a capacity of 40.000 tons per year is commissioned in October 2007.
2007
2008
- Alkim received an important chromite mine licence at the Eskişehir region. Total area of the concession is 1.180 hectars, all legal permissions from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry are obtained during the year 2008. The estimated surface reserve is ca. 195.000 tons of 15-18 pct. chromium, also 36-42 pct. lumpy is available. In the year 2009, reserve explotation works will be carried also underground.

- In our lake operations production of liquid Magnesium Chloride used started. This is a de-icing material on highways and roads. Also in production of wall boards MgCl2 is used.

- At Ankara - Çayırhan region, the brand new 150.000-120.000 tpa soduim sulfate project has reached final steps in feasibility phase. All technical issues are solved, and now Alkim is going on with legal formalities for permissions of environment.
- Our President Mr. Reha KORA honored by TBMM (Turkish Grand National Assembly) Eminent Services Award in July 2009.

- In July 2009, after many years long resource and application studies, which actually started in 1993 when Alkim accuired the Cayirhan Glauberite Mine, the company decided to use a technology developed by himself, blasting the Glauberite in underground and then using solution mining technics. The company applied for the patent of this invented technic.

- The new investment of 150.000 tpa sodium sulfate plant started at Ankara-Cayirhan in November 2009.
2009
2010
On 23rd, July 2010, The groundbreaking ceremony was performed at Çayırhan Sodium Sulfate Facility.
High quality sodium sulfate production started at Çayırhan Sodium Sulfate Facility after completing the construction of the facility and the mine field operations.
2011
2015
In Çayırhan a glauberite dissolving unit is installed for mechanical recovery of the sodium sulfate from the glauberite.
Çayırhan increased the current capacity by 40% and started to work to increase it from 150.000 tones to 210.000 tones.
2016
2017
Çayırhan capacity increase investment was completed. The establishment of chromium concentrate plant in Eskişehir was started and completed.
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