RUSSIA - AGC Glass Europe Unveils New Flat Glass Line
September 24, 2010
AGC Glass Europe inaugurated what it says is “the world's largest flat glass production line” in Klin, Russia (Moscow region) on September 23. This €150 million investment (about $202 million) is the company’s fourth float line in Russia and the second at this plant. The unit has a capacity of 1,000 tons per day and will serve the area’s demand for construction glass.
The line, which started up on May 24, 2010, produces glass in thicknesses ranging from 4 to 12 mm for subsequent incorporation into “super insulating” glasses, laminated safety glasses and decorative glasses (mirrors and varnished glasses) at the Klin plant. Part of the plant's float glass output is sold as is via the AGC Glass Russia distribution network in the form of large sheets for processors.
“This new line is not only ideally situated but also enables us to step up the local presence of our products and services in the large consumer centers of Saint Petersburg and Moscow,” says Vladimir Shigaev, general manager of AGC Glass Russia. “The timing is perfect now that demand on the Russian market is rising, especially for high-value-added products for the construction sector."
In addition, the company says technical innovations deployed in this new facility will mean efficient float glass production in terms of both quality and energy consumption.
"In addition to bolstering our glass industry leadership in Eastern Europe, this investment in Russia's largest glassmaking facility clearly illustrates AGC Glass Europe's ambition to shape the future of glass with innovative solutions," adds Jean-François Heris, president and chief executive officer of AGC Glass Europe.
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