TOLEDO, OHIO - Owens Corning has established a Turkish joint venture to make glass-fiber-reinforced pipe for municipal water and waste-water systems. The venture, named Owens Corning-Yapi Merkezi A.S., will build a plant in Karapurcek, 100 miles east of Istanbul. The factory will make composite pipe with diameters of 1-8 feet. Production is expected to begin in February.
The venture is equally owned by Owens Corning of Toledo and Yapi Merkezi Construction and Industry Inc., a group of construction and industrial companies.
The market for large-diameter pipe is expected to grow as Turkey moves its water and sewer systems into the private sector, and the government boosts infrastructure spending, said Scott Koepke, president of Owens Corning Pipe Operations.
Owens Corning announced the Turkish venture May 29. In January, the company announced a composite pipe venture in Colombia.
The company has composite pipe operations, either wholly owned, joint ventures or licensees, in 18 countries.