SITI B&T Supplies Advanced Technologies to Kale Group
Turkish tile manufacturer Kale, one of the world’s leading ceramic tile manufacturers with export operations to 65 countries worldwide, confirms its partnership with SITI B&T Group and choosed 100 % Italian-made technology for its innovative porcelain tile production lines.
The new lines were officially started up last July during the 59th edition of the traditional Ceramic Festival attended by the management of SITI B&T Group. On Kale’s production site, SITI B&T has installed two EVO 7208/2400 presses, two vertical dryers and a 2950 pre-kiln twin-channel dryer, a 2950 twin-channel kiln with a length of 166,50 m with MHR 230 °C hot air recovery system and a single-layer dryer. Also supplied was an EVO7 digital decoration machine from the Group’s company Project Engineering, LGV vehicles and an automatic storage system with BBOX machines designed specifically for handling large sizes. The lines have a daily productivity of 20 000 m2. They are currently set up for the production of the 60 cm × 60 cm and 80 cm × 80 cm format respectively, but are ready for expansion to the 60 cm × 120 cm and 80 cm × 160 cm format respectively.
Founded in 1957 by Ibrahim Bodur, who died in May this year, the Kale Group is now led by his daughter Zeynep Bodur Okyay, who is carrying forward the Group’s growth strategy with great determination. After implementing an investment plan totalling almost EUR 44 million in 2016, Kale recently announced a more extensive development programme that will involve total investments of more than EUR 120 million by 2019.