Kaleseramik begins production in Iraq

Production under the Kalebodur brand began on 19 May at the facility of the Iraqi subsidiary Al-Sadaf Porcelain.

Timur Karaoğlu

Kaleseramik, Turkey’s leading ceramic tile manufacturer, commenced production at Al-Sadaf Porcelain in Iraq on 19 May after acquiring a 49% stake in the company in December 2023.

The facility has an annual capacity of 2.5 million sqm and will initially produce eight porcelain tile collections in 60x120 cm and 60x60 cm sizes, which will be marketed in Iraq under the Kalebodur brand.

Timur Karaoğlu, General Manager of Kaleseramik, explained that this new venture will enhance the brand’s global presence by increasing local production and boosting sales of products manufactured in Kale’s Turkish facilities.

“As a company that adds value to Turkish ceramics and the ceramic industry, we have always considered being active in foreign markets as an important target,” said Karaoğlu. “We already export to 86 countries and aim to achieve further significant growth in the coming years. We believe that this new investment will open up fresh opportunities for expansion not just in Iraq but throughout the Middle East.”

Kaleseramik already has an annual production capacity of 56 million sqm and expects the new facility in Iraq to generate annual net sales of US $14 million. It has a strong presence in the country through its sister company Kalekim, a market leader in the building chemicals sector.

Al-Sadaf Porcelain is one of the leading porcelain tile manufacturers in Iraq. Kaleseramik’s future development plans include raising its production capacity to 7 million sqm/year and expanding its product range to meet market demand.

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