Sisecam has announced it completed a new automotive glass line worth about USD $190 million (₺4 billion TRY) with additional capital investments at its production site in Luleburgaz, Kirklareli, Turkey. The company says the new line will operate at an annual capacity of 200,000 tons and create an additional 114 jobs.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kirman, Sisecam’s chairman and executive member of the board commented on Sisecam’s investment in the field of automotive raw glass, saying that “In 2021, we had announced our decision to invest in a flat glass line in Luleburgaz because of the increasing global competition and the growing demand for automotive glass reaching significant levels in Turkey. Now, we are proudly bringing it to life. The new line will feature high efficiency production with a net width of 4.88 meters, well above the industry standards. Thanks to this investment, Sisecam’s float lines, which currently produce automotive glass, will be devoted entirely to architectural glass by expanding their capacity and boosting their efficiency.”
Kirman continued, stating that a significant portion of thin and ultra-thin clear colorless and colored float glass needs of Sisecam’s automotive glass production facilities will be met by the new float line.
“In addition to this investment, construction is underway at Sisecam’s TR9 float line in Tarsus – one of the world’s top five largest capacity flat glass investments. The cold repair and capacity expansion of the TR1 float line in Luleburgaz is also ongoing. Once these two investments are completed, Sisecam’s total float production capacity in Türkiye will increase by 30% and reach 2.6 million tons,” Kirman says.
Sisecam says its Lüleburgaz facility was the first production facility equipped with advanced float technology in Eastern Europe, the Balkan region, Middle East, and North Africa. The facility has been operating since 1981. Two furnaces operate at the facility to produce flat glass, mirrors and automotive glass. Today, Sisecam produces automotive glass in Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Bulgaria, and Romania.