Şişecam’s new furnace, with an investment cost of approximately $130 million, was commissioned on October 2, 2020 following the firing ceremony.

Şişecam has added a second furnace with annual capacity of 240,000 tons at its flat glass manufacturing facility in the Polatlı district of Ankara, Turkey. This investment aims to expand the company’s production capacity in line with higher demand in the domestic market. Şişecam’s new furnace, with an investment cost of approximately $130 million, was commissioned on October 2, 2020 following the firing ceremony.

Şişecam vice chairman and CEO Ahmet Kırman says the company continues its investments without interruptions despite the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic and focuses on creating value for the economy.

“We have commissioned significant additional capacity at Polatlı for our domestic market, in line with our strategic investment plans,” he says. “We aim to create value for all our stakeholders with future investments in line with our sustainable growth targets.”

“… Our facility in Polatlı has reached an annual production capacity of 540,000 tons with this new investment. As a result, this facility has become one of the largest flat glass production bases in Europe,” he adds. “We now operate eight flat glass furnaces in Turkey. Şişecam’s total flat glass production capacity has climbed to 3.4 million tons per year. As a result, we have further bolstered our leadership in flat glass production in Europe.”

Kırman points out that Şişecam operated the largest flat glass furnace in Turkey and the near region with an annual capacity of 300,000 tons when the Polatlı flat glass production facility was first commissioned in 2014.

“We established our flat glass production facility in Polatlı with an initial investment of more than $138 million,” he says. “Following the most recent about $130 million investment for the second furnace, Şişecam’s total investment in the Polatlı facility is over $268 million … We plan to expand our workforce at the Polatlı facility with the second furnace investment, which significantly increases our flat glass production capacity. Total employment at the facility will increase by 30% to about 300.”

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