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Şişecam: strategic investment in mining to ensure raw material supply

Şişecam has announced a strategic investment in mining to ensure the raw material supply needs of its ongoing new flat glass investments in Mersin, Turkey.

Şişecam, a global player in glass and chemicals industries has announced a strategic investment to ensure the raw material supply needs of its ongoing flat glass investments in Mersin. Şişecam will invest in a new sand preparation facility to meet the raw material needs of its new flat glass investment in Tarsus which will begin production in 2025. The company will also increase the capacity of its existing limestone and dolomite processing facility in Mersin. The total investment for both projects will be approximately TRY 1.5 billion (USD 82 million).

With this move, Şişecam aims to secure close and sustainable resources for its production processes and pro-actively manage the risks caused by disruptions in supply chain. The sand preparation facility in Tarsus OIZ will have an annual capacity of 490 thousand tonnes. The annual capacity of Mersin dolomite limestone preparation plant will reach 655 thousand tonnes per year with the realization of 165 thousand tonnes of capacity increase.

The investment will help sustain the supply of critical inputs and enable effective cost management
Şişecam’s Chairman and Executive Member of the Board Dr. Ahmet Kırman emphasized the importance of the investments in ensuring the continuity of raw materials for glass production and managing procurement costs.

Dr. Kırman said, “The disruptions in the supply chain, which started with the global pandemic and increased with the Russia-Ukraine war, have deepened. Providing effective governance against supply interruption risks is gaining more and more importance for the sustainability of corporate successes in a global environment full of uncertainties. Various strategies such as long-term purchasing agreements, collaborations with critical suppliers, and vertical integration are becoming the essential and permanent components of supply chain management.

“Ensuring the continuity of raw material supply has strategic importance for our operations. In this sense, I believe that our new investment decision is critical for both the growth of the sectors we provide inputs to and the preservation of our leading position in our sectors. Şişecam has achieved significant success not only with its value-added investments, but also through strategic steps taken for the realization and continuity of these investments.”

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