Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products in Bulgaria: Trakya Glass Bulgaria

Automation & RoboticsIndustrySouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2015

Trakya Glass Bulgaria was established in 2005. The company is located in Targovishte and has 1 500 employees. It produses flat glass, household glass, auto glass, processed glass FLT. The flat glass and glassware factories use local raw material (sand, soda ash, dolomite and limestone). The glassware factory hosts the biggest glass furnace on the Balkans. Major customers include IKEA, Coca Cola, Tesco, Walmart, etc.

The household glassware factory manufactures processed glass for the ovens and refrigerators of Indesit, Bosch, Electrolux, etc. The flat glass factory is the first of its kind on the Balkans. Flat glass is a high-tech product used mainly in the construction, car-making and furniture industries, in household appliances and agriculture, in energy-generation solar collectors and solar cells.

Sisecam Bulgaria delivered 6 mln glasses for the 2006 Football World Championship in Germany, or half of total order. In 2010, the company delivered the whole order of 13 mln glasses for the championship in South Africa. Sisecam’s latest project in Bulgaria is its 2011 investment in an auto glass factory whose customers include Audi, BMW, Dacia, Ford Europe, and Renault. Capacities generate 128 m euro in annual revenues (113 m in international sale revenues).

The future plans of the company include investment in another production complex of four different productions: flat glass, glassware, energy-saving glass and laminated glass; increased auto glass output capacity; total planned investments - about  200 m euro.