Şişecam to build two container furnaces in Hungary
As a global player in glass and chemicals with production in 14 countries on four continents and sales operations in more than 150 countries,
Şişecam has selected Kaposvár, Hungary for its first European glass container production plant. The company’s €220 million investment in a greenfield site includes two furnaces that will have an annual net production capacity of 330,000tons.
The Hungarian facility is planned to be commissioned in 2023 and reach full production capacity in 2025.
Şişecam Chairman and CEO Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman stated that Şişecam continues to move forward with its investments in line with its growth strategy even in the uncertain environment of the pandemic to maintain sustainable value creation: “Europe accounts for a quarter of the global glass packaging market in volume and it holds great potential for further growth for the industry as well as provides opportunities for the holistic expansion of our company's current production footprint. With its strategic position in Central Europe, Hungary offers attractive opportunities and advantages to support our growth in the European glass packaging market. Our first glass packaging production facility in Europe will meet the expanding demand for glass packaging both in Hungary and across Europe."
Şişecam’s sustainability approach “Care for Next” supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and encompasses the entire value chain, from raw materials to end users.
Prof. Dr. Kırman stated that Şişecam carries out all its activities in accordance with its sustainability strategy: “In line with our sustainability approach, we have taken furnace efficiency, carbon footprint, recycling, and circular economy at the core of our operations while planning our glass packaging investment in Hungary. The facility will rely on the most advanced applications of glass melting technology. Electrical melting technology will also be used to minimize the carbon footprint of the project. The facility will be technologically advanced with industry 4.0 applications and the entire operation will be carried out with the perspective of resource efficiency and natural resources protection.”
Image: Şişecam invests in a two furnace glass packaging site in Hungary