Dr. H. İbrahim Bodur was born in Yenice, one of the districts of Çanakkale, in 1928. After his education life full of outstanding success, he took his first step into industrialism and realized his first factory dream by establishing Çanakkale Seramik in his hometown, Çan. The success of the businessman, who devoted his life to the development of his country, is not just one, but enough to fit in a few lifetimes.

Dr. H. Ibrahim Bodur, Yenice district, in the village of Nowruz, born from the ashes in Anatolia, in the heart of Canakkale, by epic War of Independence, was born a new young and dynamic established in Turkey. The whole country was working with its usual strength, industrializing, and factories were established everywhere in order to heal the wounds of the war and stand up again, produce and develop the country. İbrahim Bodur, who was a child at that time, was growing up by witnessing these developments in the country.

 

AN EDUCATIONAL LIFE FULL OF SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENTS

 

After completing his primary school education in Yenice Primary School on a donkey, he completed secondary school in Balıkesir High School. He was very successful in his lessons. After high school, he came to Istanbul and continued his education in Robert College as a boarder. He was an enthusiastic and curious student who constantly studied. All his friends knew him with his seriousness and diligence. So much so that even Vehbi Koç, who came one day to enroll his son in college, did not escape the attention of him. He graduated from the college with a high degree of success by finishing the economics and literature departments within the same period. Later, he went to the USA for his master's degree and completed his education life. He returned to his country in 1951 and married Sevim Eğinlioğlu, whom he met while in high school.

 

FIRST STEP IN INDUSTRY

 

At the end of 1951, in partnership with his father and father-in-law Istanbul, Turkey's first Edirnekapı'da who combed cotton yarn factory, Bodur-Eğinlioğlu Edirnekapı to industry Cotton Yarn Factory was set up to take the first step. However, his dream was different. He wanted to establish a factory alone, to import and sell ceramics. He decided to leave the cotton yarn factory, which he managed for 5 years, in 1956 with these thoughts.

 

THE FIRST FACTORY DREAM

 

İbrahim Bodur, who decided to bring the ceramic industry to his country, was convinced that his hometown Çan would be the ideal place for raw materials and energy needs. He could obtain all the raw materials he needed from here and meet his energy needs through coal mines. After deciding to establish his first factory in his hometown, Çan, he set out to work with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm.

 

VISIONARY ENTREPRENEUR İBRAHİM BODUR ESTABLISHED THE FACTORY

 

The bell was a small, poor, and closed place in those years. Taking into account the reactions of the local people, İbrahim Bodur brought in engineers from abroad and made raw material analyzes. Analysis results showed that the raw material was of high quality. However, in that period, the population in the region had to be at least 1000 people in order to establish a factory. Çan's population was around 850-950. With his brilliant mind, he got the census done on Monday, when Çan's bazaar was established, and by including the people from the surrounding villages, he got the approval to establish a factory.

TURKEY'S FIRST PUBLIC COMPANY: Canakkale Ceramics

 

However, this was not enough for the establishment of the factory. 750,000 lira of capital was needed, but only a third of this amount was available. The other third was obtained from the Industrial Development Bank. The remaining money the individual has collected door to door from the public in exchange for shares of wandering and laid the foundation of Turkey's first ceramic factory in 1957.

The first limited liability company that features flying that day, 750-partnered company, today 1200 partnered Ceramics Factory, which convert to joint stock company Bodur, so the family, the immediate environment, employees, Turkey's first ring with dealers and participation of local people has been established public companies.

Çanakkale Seramik is still operating today as one of the world's largest ceramic facilities.

 

SATISFY IN THE LANDS IT IS BORN; A FULL EXAMPLE OF SOLIDARITY

 

The factory faced the danger of closing due to the revolution in 1960. All accounts were seized. İbrahim Bodur talked about the situation by meeting with the workers. However, the hearts of the factory workers did not agree to the closure of the factory. They said that they were willing to work without pay for 1 year if necessary. İbrahim Bodur worked day and night for six months with the workers who were not paid, and the factory managed to survive thanks to this solidarity.

 

AN UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT MODEL IN CANAKKALE; KALE GROUP

 

İbrahim Bodur started exporting industrial products in 1962. He formed the present-day Kale Group, which invested primarily in sectors such as ceramics, building products, construction chemicals, and later in defense and aviation, machinery and mold energy, mining, transportation and informatics.

It has made important partnerships both at home and abroad. It has established foreign partnerships with many prestigious organizations such as Siemens, Roca, General Electric and Pratt & Whitney.

 

A LIFE COMMITTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY, TAKING SOCIAL BENEFIT AND PEOPLE AT THE CENTER

 

He took part in the establishment activities of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry in 1952. In 1976, he was elected as the Chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry Council. He held this post for 16 years (between 1976-1982) and became the longest-serving name as ISO President.

In 1968, Turkey Chambers and Stock Exchanges Union General Assembly membership, in 1969, Turkey was elected to the Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Association Board of Directors and has the chairman and deputy chairman of the TOBB Presidential Board with up to 6 years 1975 and 1969. 2 period, Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges General Assembly and served as its President.

Turkey Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) was one of the six founding members. Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Council (DEIK), Turkey Economic Development Foundation (IKV) took place in the organization. He established the Turkish-Italian Business Council and chaired it for a long time. He was honored as the Honorary Member and Chairman of the ISO Assembly at the beginning of 2000. In addition, he continued Oyak General Assembly Membership for 21 years.

Throughout his career of more than 65 years, he has carried out many works in social and cultural fields. He served for the establishment of important foundations such as the Istanbul Chamber of Industry Foundation, the Turkish Heart Foundation and TEMA. Founded in 1991, Dr. İbrahim Bodur Kaleseramik Education, Health and Social Aid Foundation made significant contributions and investments in education, health and social fields.

İbrahim Bodur built elementary schools, Anatolian high schools, health vocational high schools, vocational high schools, apprenticeship training centers, student dormitories, and brought many educational institutions to our country, gave scholarships to tens of thousands of students and made thousands of unemployed people gain jobs.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS THAT WILL FIT A FEW LIFE

 

In 1985, Czechoslovak State Medal and "Cavaliere del Lavoro" Italian State Medal in 1997, the Republic of Turkey Distinguished Service Medal and the Parliament Distinguished Service Award in 2006, was ranked as outstanding accomplishments.

His contributions to the ceramics industry brought him an important award in 2007. He received the International Aldo Villa award by the Italian Ceramic Association. Honorary Doctorate degrees were awarded by Karadeniz Technical University in 1994, Çanakkale 18 Mart University in 1997 and Istanbul Boğaziçi University in 1999.

Turkish music and literature with an interest in the poems he wrote Ibrahim Bodur, Turkey's leading composers bestelenerek by "years" and "Heritage" has been published in two albums.

İbrahim Bodur, who introduced Çanakkale to both our country and the world with his economic power and gained great success with great efforts and efforts, has provided great services and contributions to our country in many areas with his belief, modest personality, and always prioritizing national and spiritual values.

Successful businessman, one of the unforgettable names of Turkish industry, passed away on May 23, 2016 at the age of 88.

 

CERAMIC DAY

 

Kale Group, in the footsteps of its founder and honorary president İbrahim Bodur, celebrates the Traditional Ceramics Festival, which is decorated with various competitions, exhibitions, concerts, award ceremonies and events on July 27 every year.

 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD WERE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO FEED BY RESPONSIBILITY BUT NOT FROM ISSUE

 

Kale Group has been organizing the Ibrahim Bodur Social Entrepreneurship Award organization with Oshoka (the world's first and largest social entrepreneurship platform, working in 93 countries) since 2017, in order to keep the memory and legacy of İbrahim Bodur alive after his death in 2016. This year, the organization will be held fifth, giving priority to Turkey in the first four years of additional social problems around the seeds of hope for our future with the solutions they bring them reached many social entrepreneurs. The organization, which covers each project without any subject restrictions, blazes a trail in its field by awarding cooperation awards as well as early and advanced stage awards. The name of İbrahim Bodur, a brand that emerged from Çanakkale, continues to be kept alive by his entire family, especially his daughter Zeynep Bodur Okyay.