GS Yuasa has launched operations at the newly opened Inci GS Yuasa lead acid storage battery plant in Manisa, Turkey.

Over 100m Turkish lira has been spent building and equipping the new plant which is producing high-performance lead acid storage batteries for “environmentally friendly vehicles” such as those with start-stop and emission reduction systems.

Worldwide demand for these vehicles is set to grow rapidly and Inci GS Yuasa, a subsidiary of Inci Holding and GS Yuasa, planned production capacity of 2m units per year.

Including the output of the existing plant, GS Yuasa will have combined capacity of 6m by 2022.

The new plant is a joint venture supporting continued sales expansion for the GS Yuasa group. It covers 18,000 square metres and will boost employment on the site by 25%.

Andrew Taylor, managing director & CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe, said: “This is a significant and major investment and one which will provide an excellent technological platform to help meet the increasing performance, quality and supply demands of the automotive markets.”