The largest glass manufacturing company in the Central Asian region, Türkmen aýna önümleri (Turkmen glass products), has opened in Ovadandepe, 25km north of Ashgabat.

The company will produce float glass and containers for the food and medical industry. Investments in the project amounted to $375 million and created 800 new jobs.

“At the initial stage, 15 types of products are planned to be produced here, the assortment will increase with time, and some part of the output will be exported,” Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at the opening ceremony.

Berdimuhamedov noted that the enterprise will y produce 3.95 million m2 of transparent glass, 1 million m2 of tinted glass, 300,000 m2 of tempered glass and 100,000 m2 of laminated glass a year, as well as 400,000 m2 of high-quality double-glazed windows.

He addeded that 70% of raw materials for glass manufacturing are currently produced in Turkmenistan but aims to increase this to 100%.

Berdimuhamedov stressed that Turkmenistan, which has embarked on industrialisation, will give priority to the construction of high-tech industrial enterprises, which will allow the state to ensure high rates of economic development.