Our newest and largest production facility
Operating for over a decade, the first to use solution mining
Our oldest operating mine
Our main export terminal in Turkey
Kazan today produces over 2.5 million tonnes of Soda Ash and 200,000 tonnes of sodium bicarbonate every year
Eti Soda produces over 1.65 million tonnes of Soda Ash and 200,000 tonnes of sodium bicarbonate every year.
Today, we produce around 2.5 million tonnes of Soda Ash every year.
Derince Port has a 330m long pier that can load the world’s largest bulk carrier ships at a rate of over 2,200 tonnes per hour
We are the largest global exporter of Soda Ash, delivering product from our three production facilities to over 150 individual destinations in over 40 countries. To achieve this, we have an integrated global supply chain that operates 24/7.
In Turkey, 100% of our production from Eti and Kazan is shipped by road via a fleet of over 350 silo trailers, with over 80% exported, mainly to Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa, with small volumes also supplying the US East Coast and China.
Over 70% of our Turkish production volumes are sold via approximately 30 exclusive regional distributors around the world, under multi-year supply agreements. Our distributors are an extension of our global supply chain and serve small and medium sized industrial consumers in their designated supply regions.
In the United States, we export approximately 70% of our production and sell the remainder in the domestic market to around 80 large industrial customers and regional distributors.
Almost 100% of our Wyoming production is transported by rail to domestic customers and via ports in Portland, Oregon and Galveston, Texas for the export markets.
Today, our US export volumes are handled by ANSAC (the American Natural Soda Ash Corporation) and sold mainly to Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa. We have given notice to leave ANSAC.
Following our departure, we will manage our own US export volumes utilising our own integrated global supply chain.
First developed at Eti Soda, we are the only company in the world to use innovative solution mining technology to extract trona ore.
We use this at both our Eti and Kazan facilities. This patented production method injects heated water into the underground ore body, which then dissolves the trona forming brine solution. The brine is then extracted to the surface, and pumped to a central processing facility.
This closed loop system is safer (no underground operatives), has minimal impact on the surface, uses significantly less energy and water than other production methods and also produces significantly less CO2 emissions.
In Turkey, our main export terminal is at Derince Port, approximately 300 km from our production facilities, where we have exclusive pier and storage facilities and can load bulk vessels at a rate of up to 2,200 tonnes per hour.
Almost 70% of our production is exported in bulk, but we also export in 27 tonne container liner bags and 1.25 tonne bags from other port facilities.
Globally, we supply around 200 large industrial customers and regional distributors, in over 40 counties, delivering to around 150 individual global destinations.
Our exclusive regional distributor network is an extension of our global supply chain, allowing us to provide the best levels of service to our large global customers and also access smaller and inland customers in every region.
We maintain very close, long term customer relationships and typically supply our customers via multi-year supply agreements. Our customers most value the quality of our product and the proven, long-term reliability of our global supply chain.
Soda Ash is a fundamental ingredient in the production process for many global manufacturers.
But why is natural Soda Ash important to our customers?
Here, Minoru Watari - General Manager of Mitsui & Co Europe, one of our largest customers, explains how natural Soda Ash supplied by WE Soda adds value to their business.
Thanks to WE Soda's strong organisational structure and customer-oriented approach, we establish long-term strategic partnerships with our customers and increase our market share swiftly with long-term, trust-based co-operation in our territory.
Given its global presence and strong supply chain infrustructure, we are very happy to work with and keen to further deepen our ties with WE Soda. Being able to partner with such a leading player in the global soda ash industry definitely makes a difference, particularly when it comes to fulfilling ever-demanding customer expectations in a timely manner with the best-in-quality products.
Ciner has a way to keep our plant running despite the rail embargo imposed on deliveries from Wyoming. The Norfolk facility is a true difference maker.
As a global buyer of soda ash... we see great value in sitting down to work out a global supply arrangement with Ciner, who can manage 100% of our needs. This is a unique value proposition that makes Ciner a strategic partner.
Soda Ash is an essential, but invisible, ingredient in many products which we all use every day.
Over half of all Soda Ash production is used in glass manufacturing, but it is also used in a wide range of other products, such as powdered detergents and soaps and rechargeable batteries, as well as being used extensively in metallurgical processes, and across the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.
Importantly, Soda Ash is increasingly being used to improve our environment and reduce polluting emissions by removing sulphur dioxide and other harmful chemicals from exhaust fumes in shipping and other industrial flue gas emissions.
When processed, Soda Ash can vary in density, size and shape. This flexibility allows it to be used in a variety of everyday products. From office building windows to detergents, food manufacturing to internet cables, some common examples are listed below.
The main uses of Sodium Bicarbonate are as a raising agent in food manufacture, as an ingredient in pharmaceutical healthcare and animal feed products, and in waste water treatment.
More recently, Sodium Bicarbonate is increasingly being used in new environmental applications, including the desulphurisation or “scrubbing” of flue gas emissions, particularly in the shipping industry.