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The main board of Şişecam has approved a major investment of 400 Million TL (~ € 100 million) to build a new glass fibre plant in Turkey. The new plant, which will have an annual production capacity of 70,000 metric tonnes, is expected to become operational in the second half of 2018. The planned new Şişecam glass fibre plant will be located in Balikesir, the north western part of Turkey, very close to the Aegean region industrial cluster where around 80% of wind energy manufacturers in Turkey are now located.

The new plant will produce the current range of E-glass fibre reinforcement products supplied as strands, mats and bobbins for producing a variety of glass fibre filled engineering thermoplastics, phenolic brake pads, gypsum reinforcement, and numerous GRP composite end applications typically using unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester, epoxy and polyurethane resins. The new plant is primarily aimed at supplying the needs of customers in Europe. European manufacturing industries looking for a reliable supply chain and a more local source of high quality glass fibre products. Key manufacturing sectors that are supplied by Şişecam glass fibre include: wind energy, automotive, land transportation, marine, industrial, building and construction.

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