Graham Packaging Co. LP has started operating a bottle blow molding plant in Turkey for that nation's domestic market.
The York, Pa., firm opened a new plant in Tuzla, Turkey, in October to replace an operation in Istanbul. The latter facility was sold and Graham is leasing its 38,440-square-foot new building in Tuzla. The operation is making PET, polyethylene and polypropylene bottles for personal-care, household products and dairy markets in western Turkey.
The Tuzla business is Graham's second in Turkey. It also runs a bottle blow molding plant at an undisclosed customer's facility in the central Anatolia region of Turkey, said spokesman Donald Sarvey in a telephone interview.
``This investment in this plant is a tangible indication of Graham Packaging's commitment to the rapidly developing Turkish market and will serve as a base for growth in the overall Euro-Asian region,'' Ashok Sudan, Graham executive vice president for global food and beverage markets, said in a news release.
The two-floor Tuzla operation is larger, has a more modern infrastructure and is closer to Graham's customers than the previous plant in Istanbul, Graham said. It employs 60.
Graham is North America's largest blow molder, with 2006 sales of about $2.2 billion, according to Plastics News' ranking. Prominent in a range of bottle markets, Graham claims to be the largest supplier of high density polyethylene motor oil bottles in quart and liter sizes in the United States, Canada and Brazil.