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Nordkalk increases production capacity in Turkey

Anne Foley (info a nordkalk.com), 30 November 2018

A new limestone crushing line was brought on stream at the Eskibalikli quarry in northwestern Turkey on 29 November 2018. The site is operated by Nordeka Maden A.Ş., a joint venture controlled by Finland-based Nordkalk Corporation since August 2017.

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Project Manager Matti Permi and COO Kari Vyhtinen happy about a project accomplished. 

The new crushing plant increases the annual production capacity to 2.5 million tonnes of limestone, offered in several fractions. In addition to capacity increase, the plant improves health and safety conditions and decreases environmental impact of production. The office building and social premises for the personnel were also renewed. 

The high-quality limestone of Eskibalikli is used mostly in construction; it is, however, suitable for several customer segments and also for use as raw material for quicklime. In the laboratory tests, the active CaO level of quicklime made of Eskibalikli stone has been 97-98 per cent, and tests on industrial scale are on-going with promising results. This makes the quicklime optimal for steel industry for maximising steel melt shop productivity, for example.  

Eskibalikli is located in the Canakkele-Biga region, about 300 kilometers southwest of Istanbul. The vicinity of the seashore means a logistical advantage, which makes it possible to serve customers also outside of Turkey in the Mediterranean and Black Sea areas.  

Turkey is a growing market with strong population growth. At the moment the country is experiencing a downturn in the economy, but there are major industrial and infrastructure projects on-going and planned in the Canakkele-Biga region. We expect that after some time the demand for limestone-based products will be significant, to which our modern crushing plant is equipped to quickly adjust”, says Hannu Hautala, CEO of Nordkalk. 

The reserves of the high-quality limestone in Eskibalikli are expected to last for at least 30 years. 

Further information:
Hannu Hautala, CEO, Nordkalk Corporation, +358 20 753 7107  

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With production in more than 20 locations in the Baltic Sea area, Central Europe, Norway and Turkey, we are always near our customers. The company employs 1000 people, and in 2017 its turnover amounted to EUR 304 million. N​ordkalk is owned by Ret​tig Group.
With production in more than 20 locations in the Baltic Sea area, Central Europe, Norway and Turkey, we are always near our customers. The company employs 1000 people, and in 2017 its turnover amounted to EUR 304 million. N​ordkalk is owned by Ret​tig Group.

PRESS RELEASE Nordeka 30NOV2018
253 kt, updated on 30 November 2018

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