Turkish glass manufacturer GCA is planning to invest in its largest ever glass furnaces.

The glass packaging company will invest in two new furnaces which will produce flint and green-coloured glass packaging.

The furnaces, which will be built in Kütahya 1st Organised Industrial Zone, will each have a daily production capacity of 500 tons.

These two glass packaging furnaces are the largest capacity ovens ever built by GCA.

It said that by 2023 its annual production capacity will increase from 1 billion to 2.5 billion units thanks to an additional 1800 metric tons.

It will also increase its employee headcount to 1200 by creating new jobs for 700 people.

The infrastructure for GCA’s new production site has been designed to reach a daily production capacity of 2500 metric tons with a total of five furnaces in future.

GCA General Manager Abdullah Gayret said: “We aim to lay the groundwork for our fourth factory as soon as possible, and complete its construction in 2023.

"With these investments, we plan to increase our share in Turkey’s glass container production capacity from 15% to 20%, and then to 25%, while reaching out to new customers with our new product portfolio.

"With these two factory investments, we will grow the market by 16% on our own and become the second-largest glass container manufacturer in Turkey.

“We export to more than 40 countries, primarily the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Australia and the United States, and we aim to increase the number of these countries to over 50 with our new investments.”

The group commissioned its second factory in the Kütahya First Organized Industrial Zone in February, which nearly nearly doubled its daily production capacity of 420 metric tons with an additional 400 metric ton.