Çalık Holding's foundation was laid by Mr. Ahmet Çalık in 1981, a member of Çalık Family whose commercial activities date back to 1930s. Today, Group employs more than 20,000 people by virtue of its business enterprises in 15 countries within the sectors of energy, telecom, textile, construction, finance, media, and mining.
Çalık Holding, operating in a region extending from Central Asia to North Africa and from Middle East to the Balkans, has approximately 3 billion USD annual turnover. The Group's, consolidated asset size is approximately 6.5 billion USD and is currently working on 20 Billion USD worth project portfolio.
As a result of its active involvement in the domestic and foreign tenders, Çalık Group has incorporated Albtelecom, the land line operator and internet supplier of Albania in 2007, the Turkuvaz Media Group, one of two largest media enterprises of Turkey in 2008, and Yesilırmak Electricity Distribution Inc. (YEDAS), which is accountable for the electric distribution in 5 major cities of Turkey in 2010.
Initially aiming to create added value and making investments beneficial for the people of every country it operates in, Çalık Holding has begun to construct two power plants with totally 2,000 MW capacity in Iraq, started the broadcast of two new thematic channels A Haber (A News) and Minika and recently started Infusion Solution Project with a capacity of 10 million bottles and turn-key delivery Dental Hospital Projects, right after completing Eye Hospital Project with a capacity of 120 beds in Turkmenistan.
Çalık Holding has become one of the leading Turkish investors in Central Asia and the Balkans as well as one of the largest employers in Turkey. Çalık Holding has established international collaborations with many global and prestigious companies such as Rosneft, Initec Energia, Eni, Mitsubishi, EBRD, EWE, General Electric, Alacer Gold, Qatar Holding and Türk Telekom.
Çalık Holding has undertaken two energy projects which are regarded as global scaled milestones of Turkey - Samsun-Adana/Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project and Adana (Ceyhan) Oil Refinery Project, the first green-area refinery project to be established in the heart of East Mediterranean. Holding signed JV agreements with Alacer Gold, Çalık Holding's partner in the Çöpler Gold Mine in Iliç, Erzincan, for 16 properties located in difierent cities in Turkey. Holding owns 50% of the three companies established for this purpose. Total gold production in Erzincan's currently operating Çöpler Gold Mine, exceeded 185 thousand of ounces in 2011.
Çalık Holding, known for its reputation and reliability in the sectors it operates, with its powerful financial structure, has shaped its corporate plans, strategies and objectives on the basis of sustainability. Çalık Holding boasts an innovative and corporate structure that renders it a trail blazer. In the light of its proven growth strategies Çalık Holding has initiated outstanding projects and generated value added investments in the countries it operates. The Group makes the best of combining the entrepreneurial and productive qualities of its rich corporate culture to remain among the leading and prevailing actors in its primary business fields.