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Yilport Holding has concluded the biggest Turkish investment ever in Portugal

Yilport Holding Bought TERTIR for 335 Million Euros and Became the Owner of 10 New International Ports Yilport Holding, a subsidiary of Yildirim Group of Companies continues its global expansion with its latest acquisition of a Portuguese port management company TERTIR for a total of 335 million euros. YILPORT HOLDING of YILDIRIM GROUP in Turkey is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Portugal’s MOTA-ENGIL Group and NOVO BANCO to acquire 100% of the shares of the Portuguese port management company, TERTIR, and its portfolio of port terminals and forwarder / support ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP’s Latest Acquisition is Mechel`s Chrome Assets

  ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 1, 2013 – Turkish conglomerate YILDIRIM GROUP’s latest acquisition is Mechel Chrome, the chrome division of Russian Mechel. After a very competitive international tender among eight bidders, YILDIRIM is now the owner of Mechel Chrome’s vertically integrated Voskhod Mining Plant in Kazakhstan and Tikhvin Ferroalloys Plant (TFP) in Russia.   Located in northwest Kazakhstan, the Voskhod chrome ore mines and chrome concentrate plant, which began production in July 2009, feature an underground state-of-the-art mine and a modern ore pr ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Debuts at Mines & Money Hong Kong and is Featured at International Mining Conferences

  ISTANBUL, TURKEY, April 22, 2013 – YILDIRIM GROUP frequented the mining scene’s key conventions and conferences with its CEO of Metals & Mining, Alp Malazgirt, Ph.D. A frontrunner in the mining and port industries both in Turkey and around the globe, YILDIRIM GROUP has been increasing its presence both domestically and internationally with senior- and executive-level attendance at renowned metals and mining events.   The group most recently attended the International Mining Congress and Exhibition of Turkey (IMCET) 2013, which took place at Limak Limra Hotel in K ... Read More

One of Europe`s top 10 companies, YILDIRIM gets the Platinum Award

February 26, 2013 YILDIRIM GROUP OF COMPANIES became a finalist as one of the top 10 companies with an annual revenue of 150 million USD and over at the European Business Awards held in Düsseldorf last week. The awards will be handed out at a gala event at Conrad Istanbul Hotel on June 6.   YILDIRIM was also recently honored with the Platinum Award at the annual Vision Awards Annual Report Competition held by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). With a total of 99 out of 100 points, YILDIRIM’s report ranked 23rd in the world among over 5500 submissions ... Read More

Economic Tour of Turkish Businessmen in West Africa

The visit of Turkish Prime Minister, who was accompanied by an important business delegation, started in Libreville, capital of Gabon on 06th January 2013. On the diplomatic front, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave tribute to the good relations between Gabon and Turkey and pointed out that Turkeximbank is also disposed to support Turkish businessmen for their ventures. About three hundred (300) businessmen joined in the delegation. Yildirim Group, represented by its President, Mr. Robert Yuksel Yildirim, who was accompanied by the holding vice president for new business development ... Read More

YILDIRIM HOLDING Through to Next Round of European Business Awards

ISTANBUL, TURKEY, December 21, 2012 — The European Business Awards (www.businessawardseurope.com) has announced today that YILDIRIM Holding is to represent Turkey as a "National Champion" in the prestigious 2012/13 Awards programme and will now compete for the coveted Ruban D’Honneur status in the next round of the competition In Europe. This year, for the first time, entrants in the European Business Awards submitted a video case study. All case studies were uploaded onto the European Business Awards website and an online voting mechanism was introduced to a ... Read More

GEMPORT Has Been YILDIRIM`s Latest Port Acquisition

BURSA, TURKEY, December 20, 2012 — A YILDIRIM Group subsidiary, YILPORT Holding acquired a majority share of %86.6 in Turkey’s first private port, GEMPORT Port and Warehousing Administration. GEMPORT, formerly a Turkiye Is Bankasi company founded in 1992, performs container, vehicle and general cargo handling and warehousing services as well as providing pilotage and towage services to all vessels calling Gemlik Bay and Mudanya region. YILDIRIM Group President Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM commented on the company’s expansion plans and strategic goals in port operations and manage ... Read More


KOCAELI, TURKEY, December 18, 2012 —YILDIRIM GROUP continued its expansion in shipping and port operations with the acquisition of RotaPort. YILPORT HOLDING, a subsidiary of YILDIRIM GROUP, acquired 100% shares in RotaPort, which has been operating in Korfez, Kocaeli since 1995 with the largest warehousing capacity in the region thanks to its general warehouses and grain and cement terminals. YILDIRIM Group plans to invest a total amount of 200 million USD in restructuring and addition of new equipment to transform RotaPort into an industry and regional leader in liquid cargo and gen ... Read More

MARMARA SHIPYARD Launches New Vessel

KOCAELI, TURKEY, July 11, 2012 — YM MIRANDA’s launching ceremony was performed at 4 pm on July 10, 2012. The chemical tanker of 12,500 dwt was built in Marmara Shipyard located in Körfez, Kocaeli. Binali Yildirim, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications participated in the occasion.    Ercan Topaca, Governor of Kocaeli; Ibrahim Karaosmanoglu, Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Munipalicity; AK Party Deputies of Kocaeli; Ayhan Zeytinoglu, Board Chairman of Kocaeli Chamber of Industry; Ali Riza Yildirim,  President of YILDIRIM Group; Alp Mala ... Read More

YILDIRIM Launches Office in Gabon

LIBREVILLE, GABON, June 1, 2012 — YILDIRIM GROUP opened a new office in Gabon, which is considered a comprehensive range of enterprise in accordance with a business growth strategy. The office in Gabon will play a highly considerable role to spread business activities such as mining, energy, port management and shipping  all around Africa.   Allowing for its rich natural resources and geographically strategic importance, YILDIRIM GROUP aims to implement many investment strategies in Africa by choosing Gabon as a representative. These strategies  will provide a sin ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP’s New Container Terminal “YILPORT Gemlik”

BURSA, TURKEY, May 15, 2012 — YILDIRIM GROUP established its second container terminal in Gemlik, located on the south coast of Marmara Sea. The terminal, planned to be completed in December 2013, will have a container berth with a depth of minimum 16 m and will be able to handle up the largest cape-sized vessels.   Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM, the President of YILDIRIM GROUP, said that the company would continue to expand its port operations and portfolio management: “In accordance with its vision, YILDIRIM Group will establish a facility to provide a new ergonomic employ ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Keeps on Supporting Education in Turkey

KOCAELI, TURKEY, May 14, 2012 — YILPORT Container Terminal & Port Operators Inc. signed a protocol with Kocaeli Governorship to build Turkey’s first high school, nurturing students particularly for the logistics sector.   YILPORT Technical and Industrial Vocational High School, whose construction is to be started this year, is planned to be opened in 2013-2014 academic year. Ercan TOPACA, the Governor of Kocaeli, commented on the school project, a major step to satisfy the need of qualified personnel rising day by day in the sector:   “YILPORT Technic ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Continues Its Expansion with CHEMFLEET

ISTANBUL, TURKEY, May 10, 2012 — YILDIRIM GROUP has become the majority shareholder by purchasing 51% of CHEMFLEET Inc., which is one of the safest and most dynamic providers in the ship management sector in Turkey, in accordance with its growth plan in the shipping sector. Having acquired significant prestige, both locally and internationally in chemcial tanker management, Chemfleet also recently expanded its service industry working with dry cargo ships.   Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM, the President of YILDIRIM Group, commented on the acquisiton:   “Chemfleet has m ... Read More

ETI KROM Lays the Foundation of a Breakthrough Dust Capture and Energy Re-Generation Plant

ELAZIG, TURKEY, April 23, 2012 — Eti Krom, the ferrochrome production subsidiary of Yildirim Group of Companies, today announced they have started the construction of the main turbine control building of a power re-generation plant to be located next to Turkey’s largest ferrochrome production facility located in Elazig, Turkey. The breakthrough technologies employed at the plant will capture more than 90% of the heat generated by the ferrochrome arc furnaces and this energy will be to generate 5.5 MW of electrical energy.   During the cooling down process dust capture w ... Read More


ELAZIG, TURKEY, April 21, 2012 — In accordance with our commitment to building sustainable synergistic strength among our subsidiaries, we are proud to announce that Eti Lojistik Inc. has been launched to provide wagon transportation, mainly for Yildirim Group facilities based in Elazig, Turkey.   As the largest Turkish producer of hard lumpy chrome ore and high carbon ferrochrome, Eti Krom delivers more than 500,000 MT of material per annum, bound for exports via railway to Mediterrenean ports, Mersin and Iskenderun. With this move, the burden of transportation costs of Eti Kro ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Opens Representative Office in Colombia

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, March 1, 2012 — YILDIRIM GROUP OF COMPANIES has officially stepped foot on South America by opening a representative office in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city. In accordance with the company’s global expansion plans, Mr. Marco Orozco was appointed as the Country and Regional director to pursue entrepreneurial efforts in the region, principally in mining, coal & coke, port operations and shipping sectors. Commenting on this brand-new challenge for the group, YILDIRIM Group CEO Dr. Alp Malazgirt singled out Colombia as an ideal country to explor ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Signs Two MoU’s with Chinese Giants

ISTANBUL, TURKEY, February 22, 2012 — Two of the YILDIRIM GROUP companies, Eti Krom and YILDIRIM Energy signed two important MoU’s (memorandum of understanding) for long term cooperation with the two Chinese industrial giants in their respective fields, namely, Sinosteel, and CMEC, respectively. The venue was the Turkish-Chinese Economic and Commercial Cooperation Forum, held in the historic Hilton Hotel, Istanbul. Alp Malazgirt, Ph.D., YILDIRIM GROUP CEO, signed for Eti Krom and Tamer Turna, Ph.D., YILDIRIM Energy CEO signed on behalf of the energy division. The highlight ... Read More

Turkey’s YILDIRIM GROUP Welcomes New CEO: Alp Malazgirt Ph. D.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY, February 1, 2012 — Alp Malazgirt, Ph. D. joined YILDIRIM Holding A. S. as the new Chief Executive Officer and reports to Mr. Robert Yuksel Yildirim, the holding company president. Dr. Malazgirt brings with him more than twenty-five years of research, engineering, management and entrepreneurial experience in the high tech business along with a dynamic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leadership style that will expand and build YILDIRIM Group of Companies into a true global force. Alp Malazgirt’s mission will be to focus YILDIRIM Group of Companies on improving it ... Read More

YILDIRIM GROUP Awarded Investment of the Year

14 November 2011 In the 6th Golden Anchor Maritime Achievement Awards ceremony, which brought together the leading names of the Turkish maritime industry, President & CEO of YILDIRIM GROUP Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM received "Investment of the Year" award. YILDIRIM Group had become a global actor in the maritime sector by acquiring a 20% stake in the world`s no. 3 container shipping company CMA CGM S.A.. In his short speech, YILDIRIM pointed out that they had faced tough competition from serious bidders however succeeded with great effort and determinati ... Read More

Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM Keynote Speaker at the 6th Turkish Shipping & Ship Finance Conference

19 October 2011   President & CEO of YILDIRIM Group, Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM spoke at the 6th Turkish Shipping & Ship Finance Conference, delivering the keynote address on the first day of the conference.   In response to the theme “Choosing Your Course in Challenging Shipping & Financial Markets”, Mr. YILDIRIM spoke of how the Turkish shipping industry was affected by the recent developments in the global economic and financial climate and later provided a comprehensive analysis of the challenges to handle within the industry.   In the Q& ... Read More

Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM Participates in J.P. Morgan’s International Council Meeting Cocktail

13 October 2011   President & CEO of YILDIRIM Group, Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM has represented the company in J.P. Morgan’s annual International Council meeting cocktail held in the Kucuksu Palace in Beykoz, Istanbul.   The cocktail brought together the council’s distinguished members including Henry A. KISSINGER, Tony BLAIR, Kofi ANNAN and Alvaro URIBE VELEZ with key representatives of the private sector and the civil society in Turkey. ... Read More

MARMARA SHIPYARD Delivers Twentieth Vessel

26 September 2011 On September 26, the twentieth vessel built by MARMARA SHIPYARD Inc., “Amisos” was floated off its blocks following a small ceremony with the executives of Marmara Shipyard and YILDIRIM Group of Companies and members of Yildirim family in attendance.   Amisos is a 8,500-dwt general cargo vessel with a length of 122.20 m and a width of 16.40 m.   Marmara Shipyard, which was founded in 2003 and acquired by YILDIRIM Group in 2007, is planning to deliver 8 more vessels until the end of 2014.   “Currently, we are building three general ... Read More


21 June 2011 We are proud to announce that Lars FALKELING and Bruce KLASSEN have joined YILDIRIM Group. Lars FALKELING will act as the Sales Manager for Vargön Alloys AB and Bruce KLASSEN will act as the Sales Director for North America. Mr. KLASSEN will be also in charge of the ferroalloys activities of YILDIRIM Group for Americas.   Mr. FALKELING and Mr. KLASSEN will certainly enrich the company and strengthen our presence in the FeCr segment with their vast amount of experience.   President & CEO Mr. Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM said: “We are delighted to ... Read More


27 April 2011 YILDIRIM Group, a Turkish-based family owned conglomerate, announced the acquisition of 75,11% of the Belgian Company SEALEASE S.A., a leasing company providing unique financial solutions dedicated to the professionals of the marine industry. The other 24,89% stake remains in the hands of the management of the Company E-SEA SA.    For YILDIRIM, this acquisition is the second investment in the shipping and vessels operation business in Europe since November 2010, after the injection of US$ 500 million into the French container liner giant CMA-CGM, which provided them ... Read More

YILPORT Sets a New Record in Vessel Operations

10 April 2011 YILPORT Container Terminal A.S. set a new record in the region with its STS (Ship to Shore) gantry cranes especially designed for container handling. In the vessel operations of MSC Nerissa, which called YILPORT via the North West Continent (NWC) service, the average container move per hour was a record-breaking figure of 106 moves, as a result of a total figure of 1,816 containers in 17 hours.   Also, the operations excelled in average crane productivity, during 4 hours of the operations having used 3 of the STS cranes with another record-breaking figure, an average of ... Read More

Agreement Between CMA CGM and YILDIRIM

25 November 2010 Following its meeting under the chairmanship of Jacques R. SAADE, the Board of Directors of CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping company, announced today that a final agreement has been reached between CMA CGM shareholders and YILDIRIM Group of Turkey. The agreement enables CMA CGM to strengthen its equity base and secure the financing of its investment plan. Under its terms, YILDIRIM Group will invest $500 million in CMA CGM by acquiring five-year ORA equity notes giving access to 20% of CMA CGM’s share capital. YILDIRIM Group will also be given ... Read More

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