Ciner Glass has signed an €80 million contract to build a third furnace at its Park Cam site in Bozüyük, Turkey.

The investment will increase capacity at the facility by an additional one billion glass bottles a year.

The furnace will be capable of producing 500 tonnes per day and will have four 8+8 triple gob tandem production machines operational at the site.

The total cost of the third furnace investment is expected to be €130m.

The Turkish manufacturer has selected Germany’s Heye International for the hot end equipment (acting as the project leader), Lahti Glass Technology for the batch plant and cullet return system, and TecoGlass for the furnace,

MSK Verpackungs will help deliver the cold end and packaging equipment, while Tiama has been hired to provide inspection machines.

The furnace, which will be operational from next year, will also create an additional 100 jobs at the facility.

Park Cam was established in 2011 to provide glass container products in Turkey.

The company opened its first production line in 2013 and completed its second furnace in 2015 to provide glass bottles across Europe.

Further investment at Ankara

The latest investment is further evidence of the company’s plans to increase its capacity at the site, as the company also plans to build a glass site in Ankara, Turkey, as part of Ciner Glass’ vision that will increase capacity up to 2,500 tonnes per day.

Ciner Glass Executive Director, Mrs Didem Ciner, said: “This investment is a major step forward in helping increase our capacity at the Park Cam site – providing over three billion bottles a year - and offers a promising sign of things to come for the company.

"The announcement is part of our plans to drastically increase our presence, production, and delivery of high-quality glass bottles across Europe - as we look to build new factories in Wales and Belgium - and illustrates our ambition and determination to be one of the world’s leading glass producers.”