Turkish glass manufacturer Sisecam has fired a 240,000 tonnes per year furnace at its flat glass manufacturing plant in Polatli, near Ankara, Turkey.

The plant’s second furnace was part of a TKL1 billion investment (US$130 million) in the facility, which fired and commissioned on Friday, October 2, 2020.

The company said it had increased its production capacity in line with domestic market demand.

Şişecam Vice Chairman and General Manager Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kirman, said: “With the commissioning of our new flat glass furnace equipped with advanced technology in accordance with Industry 4.0, we have made another important investment.

“Our facility in Polatlı, whose annual production capacity reached 540 thousand tons with our new investment, has become one of the largest flat glass production bases in Europe.

"While our total flat glass production capacity reached 3.4 million tons per year, we further reinforced our leadership in flat glass production in Europe.”

The group has four production facilities in Turkey, at Bursa Yenişehir, Kırklareli, Mersin and Ankara Polatlı, with eight furnaces.

Staff levels have increased by a third at the site to 300 people thanks to the investment in the 750 tonnes per day furnace.

Prof Kirman added the company had seen an acceleration in flat glass demand since July.