AGC Glass Europe plans closure of one float glass furnace in Boussois (France)
Faced with the generalised, structural decline in demand for glass, the management of the Boussois plant today announced to the personnel representatives that it intends to shut down one of the two float glass furnaces on the site in the near future. This furnace has been put on hot hold since 1 April of this year. This measure forms part of an overall plan aimed at restoring competitiveness.
After operating on a market with overcapacity due to stagnant demand and the start-up of new glass production plants, the Group is now feeling the full impact of the health emergency and associated economic crisis which is affecting the two main sectors of glass consumption, namely the construction and automotive industries. This has led to acute overcapacity, falling prices and a marked deterioration in the Group's result overall. In the absence of prospects for recovery in the medium term, and despite the remarkable efforts towards productivity and diversification made by all the Boussois personnel, the Group sees itself forced to bring its manufacturing capacity into line with the current market situation.
This closure will lead to a loss of 90 jobs out of a total of 220. The Boussois management will act in concert with the personnel representatives to consider all the most socially acceptable solutions for putting this plan into practice.
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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 other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech). It is the European branch of AGC, a world leader in flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe and employs around 15,300 employees.
More information on www.agc-glass.eu (corporate site), www.agc-yourglass.com (glass for the construction industry) and www.agc-automotive.com (for the automotive industry).