Sisecam is to increase its flat glass production capacity to 2.5 million tonnes with an investment in two new float lines in Turkey.

The Turkish manufacturer will also make improvement works on existing lines to support the growth in its locomotive sectors.

While making the investments, Şişecam will also improve its existing lines along with cold repairs with new technologies and new design trends, increasing both product diversity.

Şişecam Chairman of the Board and General Manager Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kirman said that the company will continue to create value for Turkey with investments in flat glass.

He said: “After the Polatlı facility, which we turned into the largest flat glass base in Europe with our eighth furnace, which we commissioned in October 2020, we also fired our sixth furnace, which we completed the cold repair at our Yenişehir flat glass facility.

“In the last quarter of the year, we will commission the fifth furnace with a capacity of 240 thousand tonnes, which we continue to repair at our Yenişehir facility."

Prof. Dr Kirman continued by saying Sisecam will strengthen its operations within the architectural glass field, which accounts for 30% of Sisecam’s sales turnover and 35% of its operating profit.

He said: “We aim to increase our flat glass production capacity to 2.5 million tonnes by the end of 2024, with the improvement works and new investments we will carry out in our existing lines.

“For this reason, we are planning to start a new high-capacity float line investment for architectural glass this year.

“In addition to this new float line, which we plan to complete in 2023, another step towards increasing our flat glass capacity will be to perform the cold repair of our TR1 float line in our Kırklareli production facility by increasing its capacity.

“We aim to increase its capacity by more than 40% by completely renewing this line in 2024.

“With this investment, our TR1 line will be one of the highest capacity lines together with the new float line to be built.

Prof. Dr. Kirman also advised of an investment in automotive glass production.

He concluded: “Until now, we had been receiving support from our flat glass lines to meet the raw material of our automotive glass activities.

“However, the size we have reached in auto glass production has reached levels that will direct a single float line to automotive raw glass.

“For this reason, we are planning to establish a new automotive glass float line in our country and to direct all our float facilities that currently produce automotive raw glass to architectural glass.

“The design of our new automotive float will be equipped with Industry 4.0 solutions.

“Thanks to this new automotive raw glass float line investment we will make, we will be directing our TR1 line completely to architectural glass by increasing its capacity with cold repair.”

*Earlier this week Sisecam announced a $225 million investment in a glass packaging facility in Hungary, which will have a capacity of 330,000 tonnes a year. Read the story here