BCE is founded by Hamit Özcan in 1970. It established a good reputation in imports and trade within the Turkish automotive glass sector.
A new excitement: Manufacturing
Having established a well-known presence in the sector as an importer and seller of automative glasses, in 1975, BCE has, for the first time, engaged in the manufacturing activities. The manufacturing of automotive glass has started at its production facility located in İstanbul. At this stage, BCE was mainly producing windscreens and sidelites exclusively for the automotive sector.
As of 1980, BCE has received an increasing demand for large bent glasses as well as bullet-resistant glasses. BCE has become the first company to produce large 180° glasses and one-piece bus windscreens in its region. During the same years, BCE has also manufactured the first bullet-resistant glass with polycarbonate.
Time to expand
As of 1990, the volume of demand for BCE’s innovative and high quality products has become so intense that BCE could no longer fit in to its former production facility if it wanted to fully answer to its clients’ orders. Hence, iIt was time to expand the production facility. As a result, 1995 was marked as the year that BCE has made a major investment, by building a 8000 m2 covered production area onto a newly purchased factory land that would form BCE’s current abode. Producing bullet-resistant glass for the 450 armoured cars of İstanbul Police Department was the first project that was realised in BCE’s new home.
New investments and innovations
In 2005, BCE further expanded the factory with an extra 3500 m2 production area. This new section of the factory is used for a very special objective: to install the first chemical tempering plant in the Republic of Turkey and Eastern Europe, together with 4 new large size glass bending furnaces.
As of 2010, BCE has already been recognised as an international high-tech glazing solution supplier, capable of supplying turn-key glazing solutions and products for some of the most challenging projects in yacht, architectural and automotive sectors.
2012 has marked the beginning for BCE to supply to the national aerospace sector.
Today at BCE
In 2020, BCE made a bold move by further expanding the production area and installing its second chemical tempering plant which is the largest in the world in terms of volume.
Within this same year, BCE has moved into the international aerospace industry by supplying higher volumes.
BCE will continue to focus on research and development activities, always with the same passion for achieving the highest quality and innovative solutions, staying loyal to its founding principle present throughout its history.