Şişecam, a global player in the glass and chemicals industry, is on the expansion path following the company’s recent move to consolidate all its activities under one entity to further enhance its global competitiveness.
As part of this strategy, Şişecam is investing 185 million euros ($180 million) in a second frosted glass furnace and processing line at its facilities in Tarsus Organised Industrial Zone in Turkey’s Mersin province where its new flat glass production line is currently under construction.
The frosted glass furnace will have a daily production capacity of 600 tons while the processing line will have a capacity of 20 million sq m per year.
As the owner of the only plant in Turkey capable of producing frosted glass, Şişecam caters to both the frosted architectural glass and solar glass needs of various industries, while contributing to the national economy through its exports.
“With this investment, we will rank among the companies with the highest production capacity in this field globally,” said Görkem Elverici, CEO of Şişecam. “This investment does not only support the growth of the solar glass industry to which we provide input but also contributes to the sustainability goals which are at the heart of Şişecam’s operations.”
Şişecam operates eight flat glass and one frosted glass lines across four locations in Turkey. The company is considered a leader in Europe and the world’s fifth largest flat glass producer in terms of production capacity. It conducts flat glass operations in three core business lines: architectural glass (such as flat glass, patterned glass, laminated glass and coated glass), energy glass and home appliance glass.
Şişecam Chairperson and Managing Director Ahmet Kırman stated that Şişecam, the founder of the Turkish glass industry, will continue its investments that create sustainable value for all its stakeholders and support the growth and exports in the sectors in which it operates.
According to Kırman, Şişecam has facilities in 14 countries across four continents and delivers its value-added products to more than 150 countries with its approximately 24,000-strong workforce.
Commenting on the recent consolidation of the company, Elverici said: “We are now proudly experiencing the positive impacts of ‘One Şişecam’, a step we took to carry Şişecam’s rooted know-how and expertise to the future. Our streamlined structure and upgraded skills gained by digital transformation enable us to work with greater agility in every field. This agility encourages us to realise large-scale projects one after the other.”