Çalık grows through innovative business sense
Established by the initiatives taken by Ahmet Çalık, a member of Çalık family engaging in trade activities since 1930s, Çalık Holding today operates in sectors including energy, telecom, textile, construction, finance and mining.
One of the largest industrial enterprises in Turkey, Çalık Holding employs about 20,000 people in 17 countries. The Group conducts businesses in the Central Asia, Balkans, Middle East and Africa as one of the leading Turkish investors with around 7.5 billion USD annual consolidated asset size.
Achieving consistent growth both in Turkey and other countries of activity since the start of its history, 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 Electiricity Distribution Company in 2012; and 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 the 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 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 Company continued the construction of 3 power plants which started in Turkmenistan's Ahal, Lebap, Mari provinces in 2013 and signed a contract for 2 additional power plants in Ahal and Derweze. The Adacami HEPP Project in Rize was also completed in 2013.
Gap İnşaat undertook EPC contract of the "Türkmenbaşı International Sea Port" which is designed as a logistics hub for the route from Asia to Europe including 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 first prize for 'Tarlabaşı 360' in "Urban Renewal" category at the "European Property Awards 2013", the most prestigious real estate awards organization in Europe.
Delivering operations in line with growth strategies shaped by demonstrated success, Lidya Madencilik, a Çalık Holding Company operating in the mining sector, increased its share from 50 percent to 80 percent in its joint venture with Alacer Gold, Polimetal Madencilik. 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 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 first 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 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 many global and powerful companies on an international level. The Group stands out as a leading and powerful player in its main sectors of focus, and continues to operate in all business fields aligned with its sustainable growth target, with its long-established corporate structure, rich company culture, highly qualified human resource as well as its pioneering initiatives, innovative approaches and accurate strategies.