Raw materials can make all the difference in the quality and durability of ceramic products. This fact was the main reason behind the establishment in 1978 of Esan, Turkey’s most comprehensive industrial raw materials operation for the ceramic sanitary ware and tile sector.
Esan owns Turkey’s largest clay and feldspar reserves and has grinding and flotation facilities that greatly outpace those of its national competitors. In 2011, Esan produced 650,000 tons of floated feldspar, 35,000 tons of ground feldspar, 75,000 tons of refined ball clay, and 75,000 tons of quartz to the high-grade requirements of the ceramic, glass, paint and engineered stone industries.
Prominent international trader of industrial raw materials
The provision of high quality products with professional service has made Esan the market leader in feldspar. International sales account for more than 65 percent of Esan’s turnover. Esan exports to 39 countries around the world, with its main markets being Italy, Spain, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.
With more than 150 different products, such as rutile sand, zirconium silicate, titanium dioxide, silicon carbide and calcined alumina, Esan is also one of the most important suppliers for the ceramic, glass, abrasive, welding electrode, refractory, paint and metallurgy industries in Turkey.
Sub-surface mining of non-ferrous metallic minerals
In 2011, Esan produced 70,000 tons of lead and zinc concentrates at its new facility in Balya, Balİkesir, where it is undertaking a major mining investment. As of December 2011, the combined length of the mine’s underground roads, including both main and auxiliary galleries, was 15,500 meters while its maximum depth was 605 meters below the surface.