Gurallar Cam Ambalaj (GCA) is to invest in a second furnace.

The Turkish glassmaker has commissioned German engineering company Horn to install the furnace, which will more than double its glassmaking capacity.

The furnace at its Kutahya, Turkey site is due to be commissioned late this year and will manufacture flint glass bottles. There will be the capacity to manufacture coloured bottles should customers require it.

Gurallar Cam Ambalaj (GCA) officially formed its glass packaging division in 2015. It worked with German engineering company Horn to construct a single 300 tonnes per day furnace serving three production lines.

The flint glass packager quickly became a premium bottled water specialist and currently makes 1.5 million units a day of jars and bottles.

Its container glass General Manager Mr Abdullah Gayret (pictured below) said: “With our second furnace investment, we know it will be challenging to make it better than before. But we are trying to do better than we did before, we are always striving to surpass our past successes.”

The company is one of 20 European glass manufacturers which is collaborating on the Future of the Glass Furnace project.

A longer interview with Gurallar Cam Ambalaj (GCA) appears in the May issue of Glass International.