Glass furnace to go back into production at Boussois (France)
AGC Glass Europe is to re-start its furnace for production of float glass at Boussois (Northern France) in April 2017.
The furnace has been shut down since 2013 due to the economic crisis in Europe. The re-entry into service of the furnace has been prompted by several interlinked factors, including:
- Economic improvement in Western and Central Europe impacting glass demand,
- Sustained demand for automotive glass, which now accounts for a growing part of the group's capacity,
- The programmed shut-down for repair of other furnaces in the group.
After refurbishment the Boussois float furnace with its adjustable capacity of up to 650 tonnes per day will be able to flexibly meet glass demand from the European and overseas glass markets and to improve customer service. Its re-start will also lead to the creation of around 20 jobs at the site which currently employs 207 people.
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AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and solar power applications. It is the European branch of AGC, the world’s leading producer of flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, and employs around 16,000 employees.