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Interview with Yasar Ozdirek, Chrome Ore Sales Manager of ETI KROM INC.

Asian Metal, March 2013

Yasar Ozdirek: Looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the chrome industry in 2013
Asian Metal: Yasar, thank you for accepting the interview. Would you please start by telling us the market position of YILDIRIM Group and ETI KROM?
Yasar: YILDIRIM Group is a well-respected actor in both Turkish and international markets with domestic and foreign companies operating in more than 10 different industries including mining and ferroalloys, fertilizers and chemicals, coke and lumpy coal, power and energy, port operation and management, shipping and shipbuilding, real estate development and private equity.
YILDIRIM GROUP‘s trading activities are performed across 5 continents. In 2012, the company made investments in excess of $1 billion including 2 new ports in the Sea of Marmara and is now being recognized as a major player among global port operators.
ETI KROM INC. was founded in 1936 by the Turkish government and has since become Turkey`s largest chrome ore and sole high carbon ferrochrome producer, as well as the country’s largest chrome ore exporter. From its creation as a state owned operation through its acquisition by YILDIRIM HOLDING INC., ETI KROM has been a dynamic success story that’s grown increasingly competitive in the international industry. It owns and operates chrome ore mines in various regions of Turkey, processing the ore into ferrochrome at its Elazig plant. Autonomous mining and processing allows ETI KROM to be a powerhouse of success.
The chrome ore division utilizes 79 mines spread all over the country, mainly located underground, that total at around 1 million MT of chrome ore production capacity per annum. At the ferrochrome plant, 4 furnaces have a total production capacity of 160,000 mt per annum.
YILDIRIM GROUP acquired Swedish ferrochrome and ferrosilicon producer, Vargön Alloys AB, in February 2008. Vargön Alloys has 4 furnaces with total annual production capacity of 240,000 mt. Therefore, YILDIRIM GROUP has a consolidated annual production capacity of high carbon (HC) ferrochrome of 400,000 mt. It makes YILDIRIM GROUP the 2nd biggest High Quality HC ferrochrome producer in the World after ENRC.
This capacity of large quantity, high quality, and unmatched sustainable production makes ETI KROM a respected worldwide leader in the chromium industry. ETI KROM`s quality and punctual service provide excellence competitiveness in European, American, Chinese and other Asian markets, making it a choice provider for top stainless steel producers, alloy steel plants and foundries.
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