Speciality glass manufacturer Schott has invested €9 million in technology for a flat glass processing plant in Turkey.

It said the Schott irim site in Bolu, Turkey would containe the latest digital production technology when manufacturing starts in early 2022.

Schott Orim supplies design-savvy and functional glasses to home appliance companies in Turkey and abroad.

Its processed flat glass solutions enable features that add real value to home and living products – including retaining the heat inside ovens, making cookers easy to clean, illuminating refrigerators shelves, and turning steam hoods into design elements.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building took place earlier this month

The investment will increase the production capacity in Bolu by 50% and underlines the importance of the home appliance business to Schott.

The home appliance industry is an important pillar for us, reinforced by megatrends such as cocooning or urbanisation, which result in people upgrading their home and living," states Dr. Heinz Kaiser, Schott management board member.

Alongside increased production capacity, the new infrastructure will create new employment, adding up a double-digit number of jobs per year to the current 700 employees.

The engagement in Turkey is part of Schott’s global growth strategy: For the second year in a row, the group has run a record investment programme, with €350 million being invested this financial year. All projects are on time despite the pandemic.