Şişecam has ignited its new glass packaging furnace in Eskişehir, Turkey and put its glassware furnace into operation after cold repair.

The $174 million investments, have increased the production capacity of the glass manufacturing facility to 1 million tons, which Sisecam said made it the world's largest glass production site.

Şişecam's Chairman and Executive Member of the Board, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman, said: “Our glass packaging furnace, initiated with an investment of approximately US$ 145 million, will provide employment for an additional 127 people.

"The furnace, with an annual gross capacity of 198 thousand tons, is set to produce high-quality bottles and jars.

"This investment, made in a challenging economic climate, ensures we meet increasing demand and support the sectors we serve.

"As a result, Şişecam Eskişehir glass packaging factory, equipped with five furnaces and 24 lines, has become the world’s largest with a total production capacity of about 760 thousand gross tons annually."

“The cold repair of our second furnace at the Eskişehir Glassware production facility, completed with an investment of around US$29 million, has enhanced our capacity, establishing Şişecam as a global leader in glassware production.

"The updated furnace, with an annual gross capacity of 64 thousand tons, will also create 246 new jobs. Consequently, our glassware production capacity in Eskişehir has reached approximately 190 thousand gross tons annually,” stated Şişecam's CEO, Görkem Elverici.