ÇALIK Expands With Its Innovative Understanding
Established by the initiatives taken in 1981 by Ahmet Çalık, a member of Çalık family engaged in trade activities since the 1930s, Çalık Holding currently operates in sectors of energy, telecom, textile, construction, finance and mining.
One of the largest industrial enterprises in Turkey, Çalık Holding employs about 24,000 people in 17 countries. The Group conducts businesses in Central Asia, Balkans, Middle East and Africa as one of the leading Turkish investors with around 7.5 billion USD of annual consolidated asset size.
Achieving consistent growth both in Turkey and other countries of activity since its foundation, the Group acquired ALBtelecom, the Albanian fixed line operator and internet provider in 2007; Yeşilırmak Electricity Distribution Company -YEDAŞ, electricity distributer for 5 provinces in Turkey in 2010; Kosovo Electricity Distribution Company in 2012; and lastly ARAS EDAŞ, a company operating in 7 provinces in 2013.
Çalık Holding's Energy Group became one of the preferred companies in countries with rich energy reserves such as Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa, and sustained its business portfolio in 2013 thanks to its reliability in the global energy sector and its business mentality differentiating the Group from its competitors.
Çalık Enerji continued the construction of three power plants which started in Turkmenistan's Ahal, Lebap, Mari provinces in 2013 and signed a contract for two additional power plants in Ahal and Derweze. The Company positioned itself as the largest EPC Contractor in Georgia with the Gardabani project in 2013 and completed two power plants with a total capacity of 2000-MW in Iraq during the same year. The Adacami HEPP Project in Rize was also completed in 2013.
Gap İnşaat undertook the EPC contract of the "Turkmenbashi International Sea Port" which is designed as a logistics hub for the route from Asia to Europe consisting of 6 ports and one shipyard with a project value of 1.5 billion USD. Çalık Gayrimenkul, property development and urban renewal Company of Çalık Group, received the grand prize for "Tarlabaşı 360" in "Urban Renewal" category at the "European Property Awards 2013", the most prestigious real estate awards ceremony in Europe.
Delivering operations in line with growth strategies proven to be effective, Lidya Madencilik, a Çalık Holding Company operating in the mining sector, increased its share in Polimetal Madencilik, its joint venture with Alacer Gold from 50 percent to 80 percent in 2013,.
During the same year, the gold production in the Çöpler Gold Mine, owned by Anagold, an affiliate of Lidya Madencilik, exceeded 270,000 ounces by a 43 percent increase over the previous year.
Carrying out its projects with an innovative and sustainable business approach, Aktif Bank established Aktif Bank Sukuk Varlık Kiralama A.Ş. in 2013 for the purpose of issuing lease certificates. Aktif Bank surpassed global giants and was given the grand prize for its "Aktif Nokta" project in the "Physical Distribution Channels" category during the event held by the European Financial Management and Marketing Association (EFMA).
BKT, a Çalık Holding Company operating in Albania and Kosovo, was recognized for the third time in the last four years as "The Best Bank" by The Banker, one of the most prestigious magazines on international financial markets.
On the other hand, the Group sold its shares in Turkuvaz Media Group as part of its strategy to focus on main fields of business.
Recognized for its prestige, reliability and strong financial structure demonstrated by continuous activities across different geographies in the world, Çalık Holding collaborates with major companies on an international level. The Group stands out as a leading and powerful player in its main sectors of focus thanks to its long-established corporate structure, rich company culture, highly qualified human resource, pioneering initiatives, innovative approaches and accurate strategies, and continues to operate in all business fields aligned with its sustainable growth target.